Children's Cancer Association

When seriously ill children and their families need more than medicine, CCA's innovative programs create joy one moment at a time.
Jul 17, 2014

Taking a Breath of Fresh Air

Raquel, a 2014 CCA Community Hero, is a soft-spoken 12-year old with a sweet smile and an affinity for fuzzy hats. Since her diagnosis of acute lymphoblastic leukemia, Raquel has spent a year in treatment and faces yet another grueling year of it.

CCA understands the immense toll that a cancer diagnosis and its treatment can take—that’s why they sent Raquel and her family to the Caring Cabin for a much-needed break.

More than 40 family members like Raquel’s visit CCA’s luxurious Caring Cabin hideaway in a typical month. This free adventure helps restore the energy and hope kids need to battle their illness over the long haul. CCA understands that play can sometimes be the thing that’s needed most.

The health benefits of nature are scientifically proven to decrease anxiety, stress, and depression, and have been noted to boost the immune system to fight cancer. For pediatric patients, the Caring Cabin, nestled in 24 acres of surrounding woods with plentiful wildlife and a serene lake, provides an essential health connection with nature and healing.

Other CCA programs that prescribe joy to families with seriously ill children and teens include:

  • Link, a community network of caring people and organizations that provides wishes and unites local families with essential needs and connections to resources.
  • Chemo Pal Mentor® Program, an award-winning program that matches children and teens with trained adult mentors
  • MyMusicRx®, a one-of-a-kind music medicine program that lets “kids prescribe” the music experience that feels right to them. The in-hospital program, led by MyMusicRx Specialists, provides access to CCA’s digital music medicine program,, which enables kids to play free music games, explore digital instruments and watch exclusive video song prescriptions from their favorite artists – whenever and wherever, 24/7.


Jul 17, 2014

Battle Buddies

Mason loves Nerf battles, remote control cars, even math. But there’s something else he cherishes: his special relationship with his CCA Chemo Pal Mentor Kiva. The two have been fast friends ever since Mason was diagnosed with Neuroblastoma two years ago.

After 14 months of treatment with Kiva by his side, Mason’s brave fight against cancer continues. But through it all, there’s one thing he can always count on: the steadfast comfort and joy CCA and Kiva provide.

Mason, a 2014 CCA Community Hero, is one of 255 Pacific Northwest children and teens that CCA’s Chemo Pal Mentor Program brought the joy of friendship to last year. Trained Chemo Pal Mentors devoted 7,436 hours forging and strengthening friendships and family bonds, bringing diversion, fun, and activities to kids during their treatment.

In 2013, Oregon Mentors awarded CCA’s Chemo Pal Mentor Program with their most prestigious award for mentoring excellence, recognizing the program for exceeding standards of excellence and quality.

With your support, we can match even more seriously ill children and teens one-to-one with compassionate adults who offer supportive relationships throughout their chemotherapy or other treatments.


Jul 17, 2014

While His Guitar Gently Heals

Even before he was diagnosed with Guillain-Barré syndrome, Caden was sick of hospital rooms. His little brother Ryland had spent more than 130 nights in the hospital while he underwent chemotherapy—but now it was Caden’s turn to be the patient.

To help him feel better, CCA delivered the healing power of music right to Caden’s bedside with our flagship MyMusicRx program. When MyMusicRx Specialist Matt saw that Caden had a genuine interest in learning guitar, CCA hooked him up with his very own Fender Stratocaster and amp.

These days, Caden, a 2014 CCA Community Hero, is on the road to recovery and rocking a pretty mean version of “Smoke on the Water.”

CCA continues to deliver MyMusicRx to thousands of seriously ill kids like Caden across the U.S. and Canada, serving 2,382 children in 2013. Trained MyMusicRx Specialists engage kids in bedside sing-a-longs, offer instrument lending for self-expression, and provide access to CCA’s digital music medicine program, Scientifically proven to help pediatric patients manage pain, boost immunity, and decrease emotional stress, CCA uses music medicine to heal.

With your generous donation we can grow this program and spread the healing joy of music to more children, teens, and families.


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