ABOUT CARLOS

On October 11, 1996 Carlos was diagnosed with a “Medulloblastoma” malignant 
brain tumor. From October to December, Carlos endured two brain surgeries 
and shortly after began his first session of chemotherapy at St. 
Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, TN. After a series of miracles,
Carlos survived both surgeries and was on his way to recovery. 
The intense rounds of chemotherapy caused Carlos to be bald and produced a
significant amount of scar tissue.

As Carlos’ parents made their annual Christmas card in December 1996, 
they did not want people to see a picture of their three children and 
only see Carlos’ illness. They wanted friends and family to look past 
Carlos’ baldness and sickness and rather see his beautiful smile, 
dark chestnut eyes, long eyelashes and more importantly let everyone 
know that Carlos survived! So for their 1996 Christmas card, Carlos’ 
parents decided that all three children would each wear different hats.

This picture is featured on the Halo Hats website banner. 
With this picture, Carlos’ parents wanted to send a very important 
message to their family and friends: despite a little baldness, Carlos 
beat cancer. 

During the years following Carlos’ recovery, he asked his parents, 
“will my hair ever grow back?” His parents responded that time will 
tell and encouraged young Carlos with positive thoughts. Carlos 
always wanted to wear a hat to feel more comfortable at school and 
to help prevent himself from being teased by naïve young kids for 
his baldness. It was like a little security blanket, something that 
made him look just like everyone else. Today, he has the confidence 
to be bald and wisdom to know how special and wonderful he is, just 
like his sisters.

ABOUT HALO HATS
One evening after completing a round of chemotherapy at St. Jude 
Children’s Research Hospital Carlos’ mom asked her son, “Do you 
believe in angels?” With a response filled with conviction, 
he told a story about five blessed angels that surrounded his 
bedside during his brain surgery. He said, “Of course I believe 
in angels mom, they were with me during my surgery and they told 
me I was going to be fine and not to worry.” Hence, the name Halo 
Hats became the most appropriate name for Carlos’ new company, 
honoring his guardian angels.

We believe that Carlos’ angels have also made his company come 
to fruition. The company Halo Hats became officially legal on 
October 11, 2013, the same day as his diagnosis in 1996! Halo 
Hats is giving Carlos an opportunity to make a living and give 
something special in return to children in need of moral support. 
Children battling cancer also look up to Carlos as a role model 
and he instills in them the ability to BELIEVE. Carlos is a first 
hand example that they too can survive and become successful and 
generous.

Carlos’ journey would not have been possible without the 
miracle of God and his five guardian angels. Undoubtedly, 
the strong faith and continuous prayers from family and friends, 
helped Carlos overcome his illness.

Thank you for your continued encouragement towards Carlos Raymond 
and for supporting his endeavors to succeed and give back to kids 
just like him!

OUR MISSION
One evening after completing a round of chemotherapy at St. Jude 
Children’s Research Hospital Carlos’ mom asked her son, “Do you 
believe in angels?” With a response filled with conviction, 
he told a story about five blessed angels that surrounded his 
bedside during his brain surgery. He said, “Of course I believe 
in angels mom, they were with me during my surgery and they told 
me I was going to be fine and not to worry.” Hence, the name Halo 
Hats became the most appropriate name for Carlos’ new company, 
honoring his guardian angels.

We believe that Carlos’ angels have also made his company come 
to fruition. The company Halo Hats became officially legal on 
October 11, 2013, the same day as his diagnosis in 1996! Halo 
Hats is giving Carlos an opportunity to make a living and give 
something special in return to children in need of moral support. 
Children battling cancer also look up to Carlos as a role model 
and he instills in them the ability to BELIEVE. Carlos is a first 
hand example that they too can survive and become successful and 
generous.

Carlos’ journey would not have been possible without the 
miracle of God and his five guardian angels. Undoubtedly, 
the strong faith and continuous prayers from family and friends, 
helped Carlos overcome his illness.

Thank you for your continued encouragement towards Carlos Raymond 
and for supporting his endeavors to succeed and give back to kids 
just like him!