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.
Apr 13, 2012

Giovanni's Music Medicine

8-year-old Giovanni
8-year-old Giovanni

Music Rx recently paid a visit to Giovanni at The Children's Hospital at Legacy Emanuel to deliver a little music medicine (chair-side) while he was in treatment. He was busy making beats on the kaossilator, accompanied by Music Rx on the guitar. Giovanni played for a couple hours which helped to pass the time during his transfusion.

According to a recent study, nearly one in five homes have at least one child requiring special health services. Hospitalized and seriously ill children and teens endure significant pain, anxiety, fear, isolation and boredom as they undergo treatment regimens and hospital stays. They often lose contact with their school friends, see less of their siblings and their interactions with adults tend to focus on their disease and treatment program.  For 17 years, Music Rx has been there for seriously ill children and their families, providing music therapy, interventions and entrainment through an evidence-based, research-proven music therapy methodology. Medical research shows music can play a critical role in the daily experience and quality of life of seriously ill children/teens and their families. Benefits are emotional, physiological and social and can include reduced heart rate and blood pressure, relief from stress, apprehension, depression, anxiety and sleeplessness, better pain management, improved mood and relaxation, and opportunities for family bonding and building social support.

Because of you, we can continue to create moments like these for seriously ill children. Thank you!

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Apr 11, 2012

Lilly's Weekend at the Caring Cabin

The Alexandra Ellis Caring Cabin
The Alexandra Ellis Caring Cabin

Last month, 10-year-old Lilly and her family spent a long weekend at CCA’s Caring Cabin. After spending so much time in the hospital, the Caring Cabin was the perfect place for Lilly and her family to get away and relax.  Despite the two feet of snow that fell during their stay, Lilly was still able to have a wonderful time eating her mom’s homemade meals, spending time with her sister and grandparents, and snuggling by the fireplace.  She even got to take the rowboat on the lake before the snow fell. Lilly’s mom shared the powerful impact the Caring Cabin had on Lilly, “She didn’t have to talk about her cancer or be the one who was sick.  She just got to be a kid.”

Without your generous support, CCA would not be able to help families like Lilly's make lasting and meaningful memories at the Caring Cabin. Thank you for your commitment to seriously ill children and their families.

10-year-old Lilly
10-year-old Lilly

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Apr 11, 2012

Tina and her Chemo Pal

Tina and Chemo Pal Laurie
Tina and Chemo Pal Laurie

Thank you for generously giving to CCA.  Your support helps makes it possible for hundreds of seriously ill children to find friendship in a Chemo Pal®.  Here is a recent story about just one of our magical Chemo Pal matches.

Tina and Laurie were introduced to each other through CCA's Chemo Pal program last August while Tina was undergoing treatment for cancer for the second time. The two became fast friends and focused much of their designated 'gal time' around activities that they could do together. Tina and Laurie signed up for cooking classes, cherished their side-by-side pedicures and were sure to include Tina's little sister, Shayla, whenever possible. Laurie stayed by Tina’s side when her treatment schedule changed, helping to provide fun and distraction throughout the last months of Tina’s life. Many precious memories stem from friendship between this dynamic duo.

Because of you, we can continue to create moments like these for seriously ill children. Thank you!

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