A long hospital stay can be lonely and isolating for a teenager. Having a true friend by your bedside can make a world of difference.
15-year-old Brandon found that friend when he met his Chemo Pal Mentor, Spencer.
Through his most recent 100+ days spent in the hospital healing from a bone marrow transplant, Brandon and Spencer have become fast friends, challenging each other to many games of chess – often with Brandon emerging as the champion!
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, 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.
Long, lonely days spent in the hospital surrounded by machines and unfamiliar faces can be a scary and confusing experience for a very small child. A special friendship can make all the difference. So when 15-month-old Chloe met her Chemo Pal mentor Melissa, it was exactly the new kind of medicine she needed – laughter.
Through months of chemotherapy, Chloe and Melissa colored cheerful pictures and built castles with building blocks, two of Chloe’s favorite activities. They became great friends who loved to laugh and spend time together.
On the day that Chloe graduated from chemotherapy, she and Melissa said “goodbye chemo and hello sunshine!”
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.
Last year, CCA’s Chemo Pal program served 259 families, a 22% increase from the previous year.
With your support we can match even more children and teens one-to-one with compassionate adults who offer supportive relationships throughout their chemotherapy or other treatments.
Recently, 32 CCA-served kiddos and family members partied together courtside with the Portland Trail Blazers. A heartfelt thanks to Genentech who sponsored the ‘Block Out Cancer’ program and donated $25 to CCA for every shot blocked by the Trail Blazers. With your help, seriously ill children are able to find friendship in a Chemo Pal, experience music medicine through our Music Rx program, and ease the burden of treatment by going to a basketball game. Starting May 1, 2012, GlobalGiving kicks off its Mother’s Day Tribute Card Campaign. Make a donation in honor of your mother May 1-13, and GlobalGiving will send her an email, print-at-home, or physical card. Not only will your mother receive a lovely card, but the top 10 projects who have the most donors during the campaign will each receive a $500 bonus. With $500, CCA could fill the pantry at the Caring Cabin for 5 weekends, help train a new Chemo Pal, or buy 5 new guitars for our Music Rx program.
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Thank you for generously giving to CCA. Your support helps makes it possible for hundreds of seriously ill children to find friendship in a Chemo Pal®. Here is a recent story about just one of our magical Chemo Pal matches.
Tina and Laurie were introduced to each other through CCA's Chemo Pal program last August while Tina was undergoing treatment for cancer for the second time. The two became fast friends and focused much of their designated 'gal time' around activities that they could do together. Tina and Laurie signed up for cooking classes, cherished their side-by-side pedicures and were sure to include Tina's little sister, Shayla, whenever possible. Laurie stayed by Tina’s side when her treatment schedule changed, helping to provide fun and distraction throughout the last months of Tina’s life. Many precious memories stem from friendship between this dynamic duo.
Because of you, we can continue to create moments like these for seriously ill children. Thank you!
It's always fun to watch the progression of a long-term Chemo Pal match, and this week we did just that. Jacob and his 3+ year Chemo Pal, Ryland Stucke, celebrated the end of treatment, but definitely not the end to their close friendship. Thank you to our dedicated group of Chemo Pal mentors and to supporters like you who continue to make this program possible!
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