CCA's award-winning Chemo Pal Mentor Program gives kids and teens a caring, trusted adult friend to look forward to during treatments, and someone in their corner when they need it most. A Chemo Pal mentor can also give parents a much-needed break to grab a cup of coffee, take a nap, talk with doctors, or spend time with other children. Mentors play games, listen to music, share hobbies, or simply offer the comfort of companionship.
What is the issue, problem, or challenge?
There are no friendships quite like the friendships of our childhood. But serious illness is like an invisible wall, isolating kids from their from their friends and school activities. When a child is diagnosed with cancer or other serious illnesses, they lose this valuable peer-to-peer contact and their adult interactions tend to center only around their disease and treatment program.
How will this project solve this problem?
CCA provides trusted, supportive mentors to children and teens undergoing emotionally isolating and physically difficult treatment. These activities renew a child's sense of control, bring laughter and distraction, reduce isolation and build self-esteem.
Potential Long Term Impact
Every year, CCA's Chemo Pal Mentor Program supports more than 250 matches, delivering joy to the lives of children battling serious illness. Last year, trained Chemo Pal mentors devoted over 7,000 hours to forging friendships and brightening the days of kids undergoing treatment.
Total Funding Received to Date: $78,322
Remaining Goal to be Funded: $21,678
Total Funding Goal: $100,000