Children's Cancer Association

When seriously ill children and their families need more than medicine, CCA's innovative programs create joy one moment at a time.
Aug 24, 2016

Leading the Parade

2016 CCA Hero Jazzy
2016 CCA Hero Jazzy

Jasmine, or “Jazzy,” may be just three years old, but this sassy little girl is already running the show. “One night at the hospital, she got all the other kids out of bed and led them down the hall in an impromptu parade,” laughed her mom Monique. “She’s just a natural born leader, I guess.”

She’s also a natural born fighter. Diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia last year, she’s been battling her cancer with a sunny outlook and the support of her large extended family. She’s also gotten a little help from CCA.

“She loves the MyMusicRx team so much,” said her mom. “A lot of times when she’s in pain they’ll come in and sing her to sleep.”

Thanks to the frequent visits from our MyMusicRx Specialists, Jasmine is learning to play guitar, ukulele, harmonica, drums, and keyboard. She also loves to dance, play dress-up, and take rides on her grandpa’s tractor.

As for her career path, Jazzy already has all that figured out. “I want to be a princess!” she proclaimed. Long may she reign.

Jazzy was recently named a 2016 CCA Hero and was honored at ceremony in May alongside his family and friends.

CCA continues to deliver MyMusicRx to thousands of seriously ill kids like Justus across the U.S. and Canada, serving 5,300 children in the past year. Trained MyMusicRx Specialists engage kids in bedside sing-a-longs, offer instrument lending for self-expression, and provide access to CCA’s digital music medicine program, MyMusicRx.org. Scientifically proven to help pediatric patients manage pain, boost immunity, and decrease emotional stress, CCA uses music medicine to heal.

With your generous donation, we can grow this program and spread the healing joy of music to more children, teens, and families.

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Jun 15, 2016

Before and After, He Has Always Found Joy in Music

Music has always been a big part of Justus’ life. As a toddler, he loved belting out “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star” on his toy microphone; by age three, he was already starting to sing harmonies. “He was quite the little ham,” said his dad Jason.

When Justus turned four, he was diagnosed with encephalitis, a dangerous inflammation of the brain that damaged his ability to walk, talk, and eat. As the family adjusted to this new reality, music was the thread that connected them to life “before” and “after.” “It was hard to get Justus to focus back then,” explained his dad. “But when an instrument was played, it immediately got his attention.”

Though he faces a lifetime of tough therapy, Justus impresses everyone around him with his fearless spirit and can-do attitude. “He’s super-driven and works so hard,” said Phil, a MyMusicRx Specialist. “He loves to vocalize and sing along to whatever we’re doing.”

Of course, as Justus grows, his musical tastes are evolving too. “Twinkle, Twinkle” has been replaced with Taylor Swift, and Bruno Mars is a new favorite. “He loves amped-up party music,” said his dad. “That always gets a big smile.”

Justus was recently named a CCA Hero and was honored at ceremony in May alongside his family and friends.

CCA continues to deliver MyMusicRx to thousands of seriously ill kids like Justus across the U.S. and Canada, serving 5,300 children in the past year. Trained MyMusicRx Specialists engage kids in bedside sing-a-longs, offer instrument lending for self-expression, and provide access to CCA’s digital music medicine program, MyMusicRx.org. Scientifically proven to help pediatric patients manage pain, boost immunity, and decrease emotional stress, CCA uses music medicine to heal.

With your generous donation, we can grow this program and spread the healing joy of music to more children, teens, and families.

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Jun 15, 2016

He's 'Pretty Strong', and So Is Their Bond

If you want to strike up a conversation with Xavier, just ask him about trains. This friendly nine-year-old will be happy to tell you everything you ever wanted to know, from the different types of engines to the history of locomotion. (It should come as no surprise that he wants to be a conductor someday.)

Xavier also loves wrestling with his cousins, watching The Discovery Channel, practicing taekwondo, and hanging out with his Chemo Pal, Ron. The two got paired up a year ago when Xavier was going through some tough chemotherapy to treat his lupus; they’ve been fast friends ever since.

“They have an incredible bond,” said Xavier’s mom Rebecca. “They go to barbecues together, Ron helps him with his homework – Xavier feels very blessed to have him in his life.”

Although Xavier’s disease will require him to take lots of medication for the rest of his life, he takes it all in stride. In fact, this compassionate kid even says he’s glad it was him and not some other child. “I’m pretty strong, so I can take it,” he explained. “I just choose to focus on the good stuff.”

Xavier was recently named a CCA Hero and was honored at ceremony in May alongside his family and friends.

Xavier 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 5,800 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.

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