So many people have influenced the life of Carlos Raymond Saavedra, and he has touched countless more lives with his courage and bright outlook on life. Below are testimonials from family, friends and business associates that show the love and commitment that Carlos Raymond has to giving back and serving children battling cancer. HaloHats would not have been possible without Carlos life journey and the people he has inspired along the way.
“The experience of watching my cousin Carlos Raymond go through the protocol in 1996 was a complete nightmare. Watching St. Jude’s cure him along with the multiple prayers was a complete miracle.
Carlos is one of the happiest, most humorous and content family members. He brings joy to everyone! We can all bring him happiness by purchasing a hat to assist in the success of his business. Your purchase will also make other children, who are presently enduring chemotherapy and/or radiation, very happy to receive their new hat.
You can be part of “Spreading Smiles Two Hats at a Time“. Spread the word about Halo Hats on your Facebook page. Thank you. Hugs and kisses Carlos!”
“I have been friends with Linda and Carlos Saavedra, Sr. for over 27 years. We have celebrated many special occasions and various holidays together. None as important as the births of our children.
Therefore I have been blessed to know Carlos Jr. his entire life, and I do mean BLESSED!! Since he was an infant, then as he grew in to a tot, then a little boy, a teenager and now into the fine young man he has become, one feature or characteristic has remained consistent…his vibrant SMILE.
Although we are not blood relatives I truly consider it an honor when Carlos refers to me as Uncle Mike. I thank God for time with him and will cherish his company every time we get to be together. Thank you Carlos, YOU ARE MY HERO!!
I ask each and every person who reads this, as well as all the other testimonials, to please take an extra minute and “like” Halo Hats (Carlos’ new company) on Facebook. This will help show your support of Carlos and help him build his new company. Please feel good about supporting not only this fledgling company but also that you are supporting a very deserving person.
So check out the hats and make a purchase. You’ll not only help Carlos but you’ll also help someone and their family, maybe not as lucky, who is battling this dreaded and unprejudiced disease.”
“We met Linda at a conference for entrepreneurs. She ran up to my wife, Amanda, and I and told us about her son’s story as a St Jude patient. She was convinced we could help make her idea of selling and giving hats to children for free a reality.
My wife and I own a marketing and advertising agency that serves Broadway and off-Broadway shows in New York City, so I was not sure what we could actually do. We didn’t have any experience in this field. None-the-less Linda continued telling us her vision and of course all about her son, Carlos Raymond. She told us about his struggles with disease and with life. With eyes full of love and gratitude she told us how amazing he is, that he is an Angel surrounded by Angels. And then Linda charged us with the task of coming up with a name for her blossoming company, by… tomorrow.
Amanda and I looked at each other, such an assignment, such a deadline! We told Linda we would see what we could come up with. Amanda and I went up to our hotel room. I tossed out some name ideas as we checked emails and planned something or other.
Then I asked out loud, “What do Angels wear on their heads? If Angels wore hats what would they be?” First “Halo”, then “Halo Hats” popped into my mind- probably not my idea, more likely a divine download. We knew that would be a good name, but was it already taken? Would the domain be available? “www.halohats.com is too good to still be available. Someone must already have it”, we thought. All our panic was for nothing. It was available.
The next morning we called our design manager back in the office, told him the story and asked him to buy halohats.com. He did and I scribbled it down on a scrap of paper. That afternoon we found Linda and I handed her the little paper and told her “it’s yours if you want it.” She read it and gave me a big hug and I started to cry, then she cried, and then Amanda cried. That was the start of our journey with Linda, Carlos and Halo Hats. When we got back to NYC, we met Carlos. We got to know him a little, heard about some things he loves and we started working on a Halo Hats logo. It’s just so cool how it all unfolded.
We are very grateful to have contributed something to this amazing company. We know Halo Hats will make wonderful things happen in the world. Thanks Linda for opening up a world of possibility and thanks to Carlos for a world of inspiration.”
“You have grown to be a terrific and amazing young man! With everything you have been through you have never lost your sense of humor, patience and beautiful smile. You are a true inspiration to all and especially the children that are going through some difficult procedures today. You are showing them strength and perseverance to open your own company and share the emotion that you know how important a hat is. We are sure that you will have great success in creating Halo Hats and “Spreading Smiles Two Hats at a Time“.
We will do everything possible here in Boca Raton to spread the word about your company, through our Facebook pages and social events. We can’t wait to buy one of your hats and see the pictures of you handing out the free hats to children at hospitals. We are so happy to be a part of this with you. We love you and miss seeing your handsome face every day.”
“Carlos Raymond is a wonderful soul who savors each and every moment. When you are in his company, his attention is focused solely on you. No one else exists for him at that moment. What a wonderful feeling to know that you feel cherished and special while being with him. What a gift to bestow upon another person!
When he laughs, it starts at his toes and works its way up his legs, thighs, chest, arms, and explodes into unrestrained laughter. The room shakes with his joy. What a blessing to be able to share.
He is very warm , loving and caring person . When he asks how you are doing, he genuinely wants to know ! He attentively waits for your answer. He deserves to have a project all his own. What better way to “play it forward” than with Halo Hats!!!
As to expanding the business plan, perhaps think of sharing the idea with other hospitals and have them sign up with Halo Hats. They can pass Carlos’ spirit on at the hospital where their loved one is being treated and share their sales of the hats with Carlos. Most hospitals have a program of Patient Family Centered Care and may be willing to adopt the program in their care protocol.”
Daddy and I are here to help “Monetize your message”, every way possible! I pray that when the world see’s your logo they say, “that’s the boy Carlos that has been cured and is giving a free hat to kids that are battling cancer, because he knows how they feel”.
Halo Hats has been established, because you have the most incredible Angels surrounding you since birth! They are empowering you in “Spreading Smiles Two Hats at a Time”, because of your smile, angelic heart along with the unconditional love you have for everyone! My request on a daily basis to the Infant of Prague is “For guidance and wisdom to help you with your Company Halo Hats”.
INFANT OF PRAGUE NOVENA PRAYER
O Jesus, Who has said, “Ask and you shall receive, seek and you shall find, knock and it shall be opened,” through the intercession of Mary, Your Most Holy Mother, I knock, I seek, I ask that my prayer be granted. (Make your request)
O Jesus, Who has said, “All that you ask of the Father in My Name, He will grant you,” through the intercession of Mary Your Most Holy Mother, I humbly and urgently ask your Father in your name that my prayer will be granted. (Make your request)
O Jesus, Who has said, “Heaven and earth shall pass away but My word shall not pass away,” through the intercession of Mary Your Most Holy Mother, I feel confident that my prayer will be granted. (Make your request)
I love you with all my heart. “
Papi wishes you the best in your new endeavor to share with the kids that are going through what you have overcome. You deserve everything you wish in life. I know you want to buy a car and travel the world to share your story. I hope you sell tons of hats so that your dream comes true. Abrazos y Besitos”
PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING
Divine Infant Jesus, I know You love me and would never leave me. I thank You for Your close Presence in my life. Miraculous Infant, I believe in Your promise of peace, blessings, and freedom from want. I place every need and care in Your hands. Lord Jesus, may I always trust in Your generous mercy and love. I want to honor and praise You, now and forever. Amen.