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:
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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:
Vicky is a cherished big sister who was born with Alagille syndrome, a rare disorder that affects the liver, heart, kidneys, and more. When Vicky’s family’s resources were strained, CCA’s Link program connected them with a Hope for the Holidays sponsorship that provided gifts, essential needs, and the ability to enjoy the holidays.
CCA’s Link program is a community network of caring people and organizations that unites local families facing serious pediatric illness with connections to local and national resources.
Meet Nate and his sister, Samantha, who needed an easy way to get a little cardio exercise to help with Nate’s cystic fibrosis. CCA’s Link program stepped in and was able to provide the siblings with fun karate classes.
CCA’s Link program is a community network of caring people and organizations that unites local families facing serious pediatric illness with connections to local and national resources. We help families with specific, essential needs, from providing a child with a new pair of eyeglasses to granting the wish of a child with a terminal illness.
For Jack and his family, a stay at The Alexandra Ellis Caring Cabin™ provided a priceless opportunity to spend quality time with family, away from the confines of a hospital. The cabin became a place of joy, happiness, adventure, and healing for a family in need of a break from the outside world.
Located on 24 wooded acres near Pacific City, this unique, secluded home is surrounded by a beautiful white sand beach, lakeside fire pit, and a serene, private lake for kayaking, boating, and fishing. The Alexandra Ellis Caring Cabin provides children and teens facing cancer and terminal illnesses that are in treatment in Oregon, along with their families, an extraordinary place to relax and create once-in-a-lifetime memories.
Other CCA programs that prescribe joy to families with sick children and teens include:
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