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.
Angie is 3 years old and recovering from brain surgery to correct life-threatening seizures. During therapy, she fell in love with the adapted tricycle used for strength building and improved coordination. In fact, she loved it so much that her family reached out to CCA’s LifeSupport Family Enrichment staff to help provide one at home. Of course we jumped at the opportunity and offered Angie her very own adapted tricycle to continue her therapy, and fun, at home!
Angie’s mom, Kara, shared that “having the tricycle allows Angie to have a typical childhood experience and she loves it! Thank you so much for making a difference in her life.”
Being a teenager diagnosed with cancer can be very isolating. Long days and weeks spent in the hospital, months of treatment, it’s a challenge keeping up with school, much less having a fun social life. So when 13-year-old Paloma met her Chemo Pal mentor Jinli, it was exactly the medicine Paloma needed.
Paloma and Jinli immediately hit it off when they first met. With their love for arts and crafts, they created dozens of Play-Doh animals, beaded jewelery, and origami animals.
Since that day, they’ve become great friends. Paloma’s mom says “Jinli has made such a difference in Paloma’s life by being there for her. We could never put it into words.”
Jinli too has benefitted from the relationship. “ Paloma’s courage is so inspirational and Sheree is the epitome of a mother’s love for a child. I have really come to love this family.”
For now Paloma is focused on battling her cancer, and the future looks bright for her. And with Jinli at her side, there’s a lot to look forward to!
Thanks to supporters like you, the Chemo Pal program served 250 families this year, a 22% increase from last year.
Please consider continuing to support us battle fear & isolation for teens like Paloma through CCA’s Chemo Pal program and through the other programs CCA offers.
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