Chemo Pal Program easing treatment with Joy Rx

 
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Oct 15, 2014

Teaming Up to Beat Cancer

When Jesse met his Chemo Pal mentor, Paul, last year, he had already begun treatment for rhabdomyosarcoma, a cancerous tumor of the muscles that are attached to the bones. He was in need of a friend to help get through long days at the hospital. Paul brought him exactly what he needed – boundless energy, a positive attitude, and lots of Legos. Recently, Paul was there to celebrate alongside Jesse when he BEAT CANCER – and even had special t-shirts made to mark the momentous occasion.

Jesse is one of the 250 Pacific Northwest children and teens CCA’s Chemo Pal® Mentor Program has brought the joy of friendship in the past year. Trained Chemo Pal mentors have devoted 6,730 hours forging and strengthening friendships and family bonds, bringing diversion, fun, and activities to kids during their treatment. Chemo Pal mentors also give parents a much-needed break to grab a cup of coffee, talk with doctors, or spend time with their other children.

In 2013, Oregon Mentors awarded CCA’s Chemo Pal Mentor Program with their most prestigious award for mentoring excellence, recognizing the program for exceeding standards of excellence and quality.

With your support, we can match even more seriously ill children and teens with compassionate adults who offer supportive relationships throughout treatments.

Jul 17, 2014

Battle Buddies

Mason loves Nerf battles, remote control cars, even math. But there’s something else he cherishes: his special relationship with his CCA Chemo Pal Mentor Kiva. The two have been fast friends ever since Mason was diagnosed with Neuroblastoma two years ago.

After 14 months of treatment with Kiva by his side, Mason’s brave fight against cancer continues. But through it all, there’s one thing he can always count on: the steadfast comfort and joy CCA and Kiva provide.

Mason, a 2014 CCA Community Hero, is one of 255 Pacific Northwest children and teens that CCA’s Chemo Pal Mentor Program brought the joy of friendship to last year. Trained Chemo Pal Mentors devoted 7,436 hours forging and strengthening friendships and family bonds, bringing diversion, fun, and activities to kids during their treatment.

In 2013, Oregon Mentors awarded CCA’s Chemo Pal Mentor Program with their most prestigious award for mentoring excellence, recognizing the program for exceeding standards of excellence and quality.

With your support, we can match even more seriously ill children and teens one-to-one with compassionate adults who offer supportive relationships throughout their chemotherapy or other treatments.

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Jan 7, 2014

A Beautiful Friendship

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Lexi’s world is full of appointments and procedures to treat her leukemia. But it’s also full of bubbles and ponies, baby dolls and princess dresses. Most importantly, it’s filled with joy.

That’s thanks in part to Lexi’s Chemo Pal Mentor, Collette, who’s made it her mission to bring comfort and laughter to this fairy sprite of a girl. Lexi’s mom, Amanda, says, “The best part of having a Chemo Pal in our lives is the happiness it brings Lexi. On tough days, we can always count on Collette to be there with a hug and a smile.”

Lexi is one of 255 Pacific Northwest children and teens that CCA’s award-winning Chemo Pal Mentor Program brought the joy of friendship to last year. Trained Chemo Pal Mentors devoted 7,436 hours forging and strengthening friendships and family bonds, bringing diversion, fun, and activities to kids during their treatment.

With your support, we can match even more seriously ill children and teens with compassionate adults who offer supportive relationships throughout treatments.

Oct 14, 2013

The Power of Friendship

Sapphire is a spunky girl who likes to let her imagination run wild. One minute she’s a Disney princess, the next she’s a doctor making everyone feel better.

Sapphire was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia last year and has endured chemotherapy, steroid treatments, and long hospital stays. She is one of hundreds of kids and teens who benefit from a Chemo Pal Mentor, a trained, trusted adult who adds friendship and fun to treatments.

Thanks to supporters like you, our award-winning Chemo Pal® Mentor Program can give kids a dependable, caring friend to lean on, and parents a much-needed break to grab a cup of coffee, take a nap, spend time with their other children, or talk to the doctor. Our dedicated volunteers become a part of the child’s life and spend time with them in the hospital, in clinics, and even at home.

Last year, CCA’s Chemo Pal Mentor Program served 259 families, and was named Oregon Mentor’s Exceptional Mentoring Program of the Year.

With your support, we can match even more seriously ill children and teens one-to-one with compassionate adults who offer supportive relationships throughout their chemotherapy or other treatments.

Jul 12, 2013

The Power of Friendship

Bella and her dad
Bella and her dad

Isabella is a gregarious five-year-old who loves to sing and dance. Her dream is to be a surfer, like Bethany Hamilton, because she believes girls can overcome anything: whether it’s a shark attack or cancer.  

“Brave Girl Bella,” as her mom calls her, has endured treatment twice for Wilms’ tumor. She is just one of the hundreds of children and teens who find joy through the company of a Chemo Pal® Mentor—a friend to look forward to during treatments and someone in their corner when they need it most.  

Thanks to supporters like you, our award-winning Chemo Pal® Mentor Program can give kids a dependable, caring friend to lean on, and parents a much-needed break to grab a cup of coffee, take a nap, or spend time with their other children. Our dedicated volunteers become a part of the child’s life and spend time with them in the hospital, in clinics, and even at home.

Last year, CCA’s Chemo Pal program served 259 families, a 22% increase from the previous year, and was named Oregon Mentor’s Exceptional Mentoring Program of the Year.

With your support we can match even more seriously ill children and teens one-to-one with compassionate adults who offer supportive relationships throughout their chemotherapy or other treatments.

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David Schaeffer

Vice President, Development
Portland, Oregon United States

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