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Please check out the "TEAM MICHAEL" page to see what hospitals are participating in the Meanies Project, We are at 218 and still growing...We Would Like To Welcome: James Cancer Hospital and Richard J Solove Research Institute—Columbus, Ohio. And The Brampton Civic Hospital—Brampton, Ontario-Canada ...All The Newest Members of TEAM MICHAEL,Check Out Our Real-Time Facebook Page On This Website!!

"I wanted to give something to the kids that they could take their anger out on. I thought of making these into a stress ball like toy that the kids can squeeze hard, punch or even throw them.

My ultimate goal is for every child diagnosed with cancer to get one during their treatment
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Imagine a child dealing with cancer every day. Michael didn’t have to imagine he dealt with it twice in his young life. At the age of 6 he was diagnosed with Leukemia (ALL) and endured 3 years of treatment. Life returned to normal until June 17th, 2013 when he was diagnosed with Glioblastoma Grade IV Brain Tumor likely caused from the radiation he received for his leukemia.
Michael’s Meanies were created because after his own brain surgery Michael heard a little girl crying and wanted to be able to offer her something to feel better. One day while on his way to treatment he designed them on his iPad and a few days later molded them out of clay. He based them on three different types of childhood cancer. His idea was they could be used by the kids to take out their frustrations. He wanted them to be like a stress toy so they could be squeezed, thrown or even kicked.
Michael delivered them in person to a few hospitals and he was able to see them make it to all 50 states and 4 countries worldwide. Michael faced every challenge with courage and determination but unfortunately lost his fight on July 3, 2014.

Michael's dream that every child with cancer receive a "meanie" of their very own continues on…….




"The "Meanies" are not a soft stuffed cuddly toy or a beanie baby. They are exactly what Michael intended them to be, a stress toy that's made to be squeezed or thrown. The "Meanies" are designed for children with cancer over the age of 3 years old. They are a soft squeeze toy for delicate hands that don't have the strength to squeeze like a healthy child, The "Meanies" should not be used as a regular toy or given to pets. The "Meanies" are 100% polyurethane, and latex free".
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Website Updated:
August 2nd, 2015