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.
Oct 15, 2014

Building Joy: Fixing a Hole Where the Rain Came In

Cassie is a spunky redhead who loves arts and crafts, and since December 2010, she has been battling Neuroblastoma. When Cassie’s family home had a leaky roof, CCA’s Link program connected them with three companies who joined forces to replace the family’s roof, alleviating her parents’ worries about soggy ceilings and dangerous mold.

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. We help families with specific, essential needs, from providing a child with a new pair of eyeglasses to granting the wish of a child with a terminal illness. Other CCA programs that prescribe joy to families with seriously ill children and teens include:

  • Chemo Pal Mentor® Program, an award-winning program that matches children and teens with trained adult mentors who provide friendship, diversion, and fun to kids undergoing treatment.
  • MyMusicRx®, a one-of-a-kind music medicine program that lets “kids prescribe” the music experience that feels right to them. The in-hospital program includes bedside sing-a-longs led by trained music specialists, instrument lending from customized mobile music carts, concerts, and iPad and headphone check-outs. The online extension, MyMusicRx.org, is the only digital music program of its kind; it enables seriously ill kids to play and download free music games, explore digital instruments and watch exclusive video song prescriptions from their favorite artists – whenever and wherever, 24/7.
  • The Alexandra Ellis Caring Cabin™, a secluded home along the Pacific Coast, nestled in 24 acres of surrounding woods with plentiful wildlife and a serene lake, provides an essential health connection with nature and an extraordinary place for families to relax and create once-in-a-lifetime memories.
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.

Oct 15, 2014

You're Gonna Hear Her Roar

Kayla is an outgoing and talented teen who enjoys singing, acting, playing board games, and doing her nails and makeup. Since being diagnosed with Anaplastic Ependymoma in February 2014, CCA has delivered the healing power of music to her bedside with our flagship MyMusicRx program. Recently, Kayla and her sister Taylor got a visit from MyMusicRx Specialist, Chris. Together they sang a lively rendition of “Roar” by Katy Perry, with Kayla taking the lead on vocals.

CCA continues to deliver MyMusicRx to thousands of seriously ill kids like Kayla 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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