Send Joy to Seriously Ill Children

 
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Oct 15, 2014

Building Joy: Fixing a Hole Where the Rain Came In

Cassie is a spunky redhead who loves arts and crafts, and since December 2010, she has been battling Neuroblastoma. When Cassie’s family home had a leaky roof, CCA’s Link program connected them with three companies who joined forces to replace the family’s roof, alleviating her parents’ worries about soggy ceilings and dangerous mold.

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

  • Chemo Pal Mentor® Program, an award-winning program that matches children and teens with trained adult mentors who provide friendship, diversion, and fun to kids undergoing treatment.
  • 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 includes bedside sing-a-longs led by trained music specialists, instrument lending from customized mobile music carts, concerts, and iPad and headphone check-outs. The online extension, MyMusicRx.org, is the only digital music program of its kind; it enables seriously ill kids to play and download free music games, explore digital instruments and watch exclusive video song prescriptions from their favorite artists – whenever and wherever, 24/7.
  • The Alexandra Ellis Caring Cabin™, a secluded home along the Pacific Coast, nestled in 24 acres of surrounding woods with plentiful wildlife and a serene lake, provides an essential health connection with nature and an extraordinary place for families to relax and create once-in-a-lifetime memories.
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, MyMusicRx.org, 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.

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Jan 7, 2014

Adventure of a Lifetime

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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:

  • 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.
Oct 14, 2013

Hope and Resources in a Time of Need

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.

Other CCA programs that prescribe joy 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, the online extension of our original in-hospital program, where on any given day, 24/7, seriously ill kids and teens can play free online music games, explore digital instruments, record original music, and watch exclusive video greetings from their favorite artists.
  • Chemo Pal® Mentor Program, an award-winning program that gives kids a trusted friend to look forward to during treatments and someone in their corner when they need it most.
  • The Alexandra Ellis Caring Cabin™, a 24- acre, secluded home along the Pacific Coast which provides families of children and teens facing cancer and terminal illnesses an extraordinary place to relax and create once-in-a-lifetime memories.
Jul 12, 2013

Help in a Time of Need

Nate and Samantha
Nate and Samantha

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.

Other CCA programs that prescribe joy 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 our original in-hospital program. Kids and teens facing a serious illness across the country can register to receive free music medicine at MyMusicRx.org. On any given day, 24/7, they can play free online music games, explore digital instruments, record original music, watch exclusive video greetings from their favorite artists, and connect with other youth.
  • Chemo Pal® Mentor Program, an award-winning program that pairs children and teens one-to-one with compassionate adults who offer supportive relationships throughout chemotherapy or other treatments.
  • The Alexandra Ellis Caring Cabin™, which 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. 

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David Schaeffer

Vice President, Development
Portland, OR United States

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