Bella and her dad
Isabella is a gregarious five-year-old who loves to sing and dance. Her dream is to be a surfer, like Bethany Hamilton, because she believes girls can overcome anything: whether it’s a shark attack or cancer.
“Brave Girl Bella,” as her mom calls her, has endured treatment twice for Wilms’ tumor. She is just one of the hundreds of children and teens who find joy through the company of a Chemo Pal® Mentor—a friend to look forward to during treatments and someone in their corner when they need it most.
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, in clinics, 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.