Vicky is a cherished big sister who was born with Alagille syndrome, a rare disorder that affects the liver, heart, kidneys, and more. When Vicky’s family’s resources were strained, CCA’s Link program connected them with a Hope for the Holidays sponsorship that provided gifts, essential needs, and the ability to enjoy the holidays.
CCA’s Link program is a community network of caring people and organizations that unites local families facing serious pediatric illness with connections to local and national resources.
Other CCA programs that prescribe joy to families with seriously ill children and teens include:
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.
One of CCA’s MusicRx® Specialists, Anna, recently encountered a special young patient named Savannah. Anna found Savannah in a listless mood, but quickly engaged her with music medicine. Savannah became immersed with a ukulele, and could be heard improvising songs an hour after the visit. She sang about life in the hospital, pets, and many other things. Hospital staff gathered outside her room to listen as her family watched in amazement. One of the staff members remarked, “She’s found her voice!”
CCA’s award-winning MusicRx program, comprised of music specialists and trained volunteers, infuses hospitals with the healing power of music, delivering bedside music and allowing kids to prescribe their own music medicine with exclusive mobile music carts custom-designed to hold a lending library of nearly 100 specialized instruments, interactive songwriting and recording technology, a karaoke machine, and an iPod doc loaded with music for every age.
Last year, CCA’s MusicRx delivered music services 15,915 times and provided 530 palliative interactions. CCA also launched a new digital program, MyMusicRx.org, which delivers the healing power of music to kids in the U.S. and Canada.
With your generous donation we can grow this program and spread the healing joy of music to more children, teens, and families.