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 23, 2012

Laughter as the Best Medicine

Chloe & Chemo Pal Melissa
Chloe & Chemo Pal Melissa

Long, lonely days spent in the hospital surrounded by machines and unfamiliar faces can be a scary and confusing experience for a very small child. A special friendship can make all the difference. So when 15-month-old Chloe met her Chemo Pal mentor Melissa, it was exactly the new kind of medicine she needed – laughter.

Through months of chemotherapy, Chloe and Melissa colored cheerful pictures and built castles with building blocks, two of Chloe’s favorite activities. They became great friends who loved to laugh and spend time together.

On the day that Chloe graduated from chemotherapy, she and Melissa said “goodbye chemo and hello sunshine!”

Thanks to supporters like you, our award-winning Chemo Pal Mentor Program can give kids a dependable, caring friend to lean on and parents a much-needed break to grab a cup of coffee, take a nap, or spend time with their other children.

Last year, CCA’s Chemo Pal program served 259 families, a 22% increase from the previous year.

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

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Jul 23, 2012

I've Got the Music in Me

Lauranne
Lauranne

A vibrant four-year-old, Lauranne has an inner core of joy that refuses to let anything get her down. She’s endured full-body radiation, a bone marrow transplant and years of chemotherapy to help beat leukemia.

Despite the rigorous treatments, Lauranne’s energy and love for music shines through every day. She loves to sing, plays the ukulele and writes original songs with CCA’s Music Rx team. She’s known for her big smile and snazzy dance moves.

CCA’s award-winning Music Rx program, comprised of music specialists and highly trained volunteers, infuses hospitals with the healing power of music by delivering bedside therapeutic music medicine and staging impromptu hallway performances for sick children and teens. Music Rx’s exclusive magical moblie music cart is custom-designed to hold nearly 100 specialized instruments, interactive songwriting and recording technology and karaoke alongside an iPod lending library doc loaded with music for every age.

Last year, CCA’s Music Rx program brought joy to more than 1,900 children and teens and more than 17,000 were touched by music medicine. CCA also launched a new digital medicine program, MyMusicRx, which delivers the healing power of music to kids worldwide through the MyMusicRx.org website.

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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Jul 22, 2012

The Joy Effect

Lauranne
Lauranne

A vibrant four-year-old, Lauranne has an inner core of joy that shines for all to see. Despite rigorous treatments to help beat leukemia, her love for music fuels her energy to sing, dance, play the ukulele and write original songs with CCA’s Music Rx team.

CCA’s award-winning Music Rx program, comprised of music specialists and highly trained volunteers, infuses hospitals with the healing power of music by delivering bedside therapeutic music medicine, staging hallway performances and engaging sick children and teens with Music Rx’s exclusive, magical, custom-designed mobile music cart.

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

  • Chemo Pal Program, a mentor program that pairs children and teens one-to-one with compassionate adults who offer supportive relationships throughout chemotherapy or other treatments;
  • LifeSupport, a family enrichment program that brings hope during the overwhelming and financially depleting journey by helping families with essential needs; and
  • Caring Cabin, a beautifully secluded retreat home built to provide family members and loved ones with a place where they can rest and be a family together.

With your generous donation CCA can grow these award-winning programs to prescribe joy to more children, teens and families.

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