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 5, 2015

When Music Medicine Hits All the Right Notes

Chris is an awesome teen who was recently treated in the Children’s Emergency Department at Randall Children’s Hospital at Legacy Emanuel. Unfortunately, Chris was in need of a procedure that required an IV, and being no fan of needles, the IV was making him nervous and anxious. That’s when a nurse went looking for one of CCA’s MyMusicRx in-hospital musicians. After coming into the hospital room and introducing himself, the MyMusicRx Specialist started playing some songs. The music made Chris feel better, so much so that he asked the MyMusicRx Specialist to stay and continue to play during the procedure and help calm his nerves.

CCA continues to deliver MyMusicRx to thousands of seriously ill kids like Chris across the U.S. and Canada, serving 4,000 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 1, 2015

A Dose of Music Medicine

Savannah is a young lady who has frequent hospital visits to treat cystic fibrosis. One of the best things about Savannah is that she is always waiting for music. When CCA’s MyMusicRx Specialists come by her room, she often asks, “Where have you been?!” She requests the MyMusicRx Specialists, hoping for a playful distraction from her day, which is full of various treatments, tests, and therapies.

Savannah wasn’t always so open to music, though. It took the interactive elements of our MyMusicRx iPads in order to get her excited about our program. She thumbed through numerous apps, until she landed on a songwriting app that gives her the chance to create all kinds of silly songs that she always plays back with a huge smile on her face.

CCA continues to deliver MyMusicRx to thousands of seriously ill kids like Savannah across the U.S. and Canada, serving 4,400 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 1, 2015

The Language of Friendship

CCA’s Chemo Pal Mentor Program encountered a unique challenge when a young boy from China named Hexuan started chemotherapy treatments at Doernbecher Children’s Hospital – they needed to find a special friend for Hexuan who could speak Mandarin Chinese. His mom really wanted somebody who could read him short stories and teach him a little English to pass the lonely hours at the hospital. CCA’s Specialists jumped into action, matching Hexuan with Robert, Portland local who speaks Mandarin! Hexuan now has a friend who can understand his jokes and play games for hours during long appointments at the hospital.

Hexuan 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.

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