The Truth 365 is a grass-roots documentary film and social media campaign that gives a voice to all children fighting all forms of cancer. Hosted by 18 year-old Melinda Marchiano, who is a cancer survivor, the documentary shines a light on the state of childhood cancer research funding by uniting the childhood cancer community, all members of Congress, top paediatric oncologists and several of the country’s most influential celebrities.
The Truth 365 is a volunteer project by and for the entire childhood cancer community. This collaborative campaign is led by Arms Wide Open Childhood Cancer Foundation, Band of Parents, Emmy-award winning producer Mike Gillette and high school student Taylor Klein. AWOCCF has made a name for itself in the Childhood Cancer Community as a small charity that thinks big and gets even bigger results.
In 2010, AWOCCF shocked the non-profit world by winning a $250,000 grant in the Pepsi Refresh contest against much larger organizations with thousands of members and volunteers. Band of Parents is a childhood cancer charity whose mission is to increase public awareness about neuroblastoma and to raise funds for the development of novel therapies.
Mike Gillette is a television producer from the Washington, DC-area and has won several local Emmy’s and national government programming awards for videos ranging from adoption, teen suicide prevention and childhood cancer awareness. Taylor Klein is a 17-year-old high school senior student from Northern Virginia who is a dedicated advocate for children with cancer.