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.
Jan 7, 2014

Adventure of a Lifetime

CCA is thrilled to be chosen as GlobalGiving's Project of the Month for March 2014! Learn more about this exciting honor by visiting globalgiving.org/project-of-the-month-club.

Ryland spent more than 130 nights in the hospital while he underwent chemotherapy the first time. A relapse in 2012 sent his family again into a state of separation and anxiety. They desperately needed a way to reconnect.

“The Caring Cabin allowed our family to temporarily leave behind all the stuff that comes with fighting cancer day in and day out,” said Ryland’s mom, Jenn. “We didn’t even realize how much we needed it until we got here.”

More than 40 family members like Ryland’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 is sometimes the thing that’s needed most.

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

  • MusicRx®, CCA’s flagship music medicine program that soothes and rejuvenates hospitalized children, teens, their family members, and the medical professionals who care for them, by infusing the hospital environment with the healing power of music.
  • MyMusicRx, an online extension of MusicRx. Kids and teens across the U.S. and Canada can register to receive free music medicine at MyMusicRx.org. On any given day, 24/7, they can play online music games, explore digital instruments, record original music, watch exclusive video greetings from favorite artists, and connect with other youth.
  • Chemo Pal® Mentor Program, an award-winning program that matches children and teens with trained adult mentors who offer supportive relationships throughout treatments.
  • Link, a community network of caring people and organizations that provides wishes and unites local families with essential needs and connections to resources.
Jan 7, 2014

A Beautiful Friendship

CCA is thrilled to be chosen as GlobalGiving's Project of the Month for March 2014! Learn more about this exciting honor by visiting globalgiving.org/project-of-the-month-club.

Lexi’s world is full of appointments and procedures to treat her leukemia. But it’s also full of bubbles and ponies, baby dolls and princess dresses. Most importantly, it’s filled with joy.

That’s thanks in part to Lexi’s Chemo Pal Mentor, Collette, who’s made it her mission to bring comfort and laughter to this fairy sprite of a girl. Lexi’s mom, Amanda, says, “The best part of having a Chemo Pal in our lives is the happiness it brings Lexi. On tough days, we can always count on Collette to be there with a hug and a smile.”

Lexi is one of 255 Pacific Northwest children and teens that CCA’s award-winning 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.

With your support, we can match even more seriously ill children and teens with compassionate adults who offer supportive relationships throughout treatments.

Jan 7, 2014

Sounds of Joy

CCA is thrilled to be chosen as GlobalGiving's Project of the Month for March 2014! Learn more about this exciting honor by visiting globalgiving.org/project-of-the-month-club.

Jenny comes across as a quiet, shy little girl. And then she starts to sing. From Justin Bieber to One Direction to a rousing rendition of “Old MacDonald,” Jenny rocks them all on vocals, ukulele, and piano.

All this joyful noise was made possible by CCA’s MusicRx Specialists, who started working with Jenny two years ago when she was diagnosed with leukemia. According to her mother, Ana, these musical moments have made a huge difference in Jenny’s life. “Before MusicRx, she would just lie in the hospital bed feeling bored and unhappy. But now when the music specialist comes in, she brightens right up. It makes her feel calmer and gives her something to look forward to.”

Jenny is one of the 2,382 Oregon and Southwest Washington children who have requested bedside music medicine visits last year. Trained MusicRx Specialists bring state-of-the-art mobile carts loaded with instruments and interactive technology to lend, providing tailored music experiences in every unit of the children’s hospitals we serve. Last year, total in-hospital service interactions counted 11,320. In addition, volunteer musicians filled hospital hallways and lobbies with 152 hours of soothing, acoustic music.

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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