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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Cancer, Emergency Assistance, Health, Human Services, Patient & Family Support

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

Target demographics: CCA serves children and teens facing cancer and other serious illness

Direct beneficiaries per year: Last year, CCA delivered award winning, free-of-charge services to children, teens and their families 81,000 times with free service and program interactions in more than 200 pediatric settings in all 50 states.

Geographic areas served: all 50 states

Programs: MyMusicRx®, Chemo Pal® Mentor Program, Link, and Caring Cabin™. The Children’s Cancer Association knows that for seriously ill children and their families every moment is precious. That’s why our programs leverage music, friendship, play, and resources to create transformative moments of joy for 20,000 children, teens, and their family members each year. We believe kids deserve long, wonderful lives. Or at the very least, short wonderful lives. Unlike many organizations dedicated to the worthy goal of someday finding a cure for cancer, CCA is all about creating joy today. To see our programs in action, or visit us anytime at JoyRx.org.

Community Stories

43 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Board Member

Rating: 5

I am so honored to be able to work with this organization. The leaders took the worst kind of tragedy and created a vital and sustaining place and program where they offer positive and life-changing boosts to those families who are navigating the darkest hours of their lives. Dying of cancer is not glamorous, but CCA allows families to make their memories, to help their sick kids, to hold their families together, and to ease pain (physical and mental and spiritual). The leaders are real stewards of the resources they work with and THE MOST INNOVATIVE PEOPLE I have ever seen! I'm not the best joiner in the world, but I love my connection to CCA.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I am passionate about CCA because it recognizes how important fun, music, and joy are to the healing process in sick children. The mission marries my passions for music and kids while being an excellent steward of the financial resources we give it to fulfill its mission.

Board Member

Rating: 5

CCA is a national leader in delivering JoyRx to seriously-ill kids, teens, and their families. For me personally, CCA contributed to the joy welfare of my nephew and his family along with many others in the broader communities served. Check out some of the amazing programs from MyMusicRx, the Caring Cabin, or becoming a Chemo Pal. ( http://joyrx.org/get-involved/) There is no organization that delivers joy like CCA.

aaron.cooper

Board Member

Rating: 5

Over 20 years ago, Regina Ellis dared to imagine JOY in a place where it was previously never thought to be found....in a Portland Oregon hospital room, where her own daughter was battling a life threatening illness.

Joy has been singing, dancing, playing, and smiling with seriously ill children in Portland Hospitals ever since and now across the country and soon around the world. It is a scientifically proven fact that JOY can help heal. CCA will not stop until JOY is part of the prescription for every child in physical need. Every child deserves JOY.

After being involved for many years through connections with friends and family, Regina asked if I would help make a more direct and impactful contribution. As an Industrial Designer by education I love to develop ideas and create solutions that help make the world a better place. I feel incredibly blessed and humbled to be a part of CCA to do what I can to help them grow into being the Brand of JOY in pediatric hospitals around the world.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

i have been a volunteer at CCA for a few years now and am a better person for it. What CCA does for children with serious illness and their families is both humbling and inspiring. The world is, with out a doubt, a better place because of CCA. i will always give my very best to CCA in hopes we help make a difference in the lives of the kids in this world who deserve a chance to grow. My dream for CCA is for them to grow their reach across the globe, giving as many sick kids in the world the Joy CCA delivers and that they deserve.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Great people, great cause, great leadership.
Totally focused on the beneficiaries of this great non profit.

Board Member

Rating: 5

As a board member I get to see the inside and outside of the organization. Top notch administration and mission. Was a volunteer before a board member....This organization and its leadership made me want to do more!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

CCA is a powerful force of joy for children with serious illnesses. CCA brings joy and music directly into the child's life; via the hospital room and the hallways.
One of my favorite CCA programs is the ChemoPal program. An adult is matched with a seriously ill child. The adult visits the child at the hospital with a duffel bag full of toys specific to that child's interest. The ChemoPal is there to play and bring frivolity to an otherwise long and lonely stay at the hospital.
I have been involved with CCA as a volunteer for 13 years. I have listened to many families tell their stories of the joy that their ChemoPal brought their child, and their family.
For the child, the ChemoPal is not a parent, not a nurse with needles, and not a doctor delivering more news on the child's health. The ChemoPal is there to play, and focus on the child. Mom and Dad can step out of the room and get a break to grab a coffee, pay bills, make phone calls and just catch a breath.
We have seen children continue their friendships with the ChemoPals, as well as the family. No one knows how much that relationship means, until they are stuck in the hospital.
The MusicRx program is another outstanding program that uses music to provide a little joy during the trying times of a serious illness.
Additionally, CCA treats its volunteers with respect, gratitude, professionalism and they provide great leadership and training for their volunteers.
I am so passionate about CCA because they deliver on authenticity and huge hearts.
Thank you!

Board Member

Rating: 5

Exceptional organization that maintains an unparalleled transparency and dedication to their cause. I will be a supporter for life.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

CCA is an unbelievable and fantastic non-profit. Their goals and their mission of spreading joy to seriously ill kids and teens is a very unique approach that has an impact that cannot truly be measured. The experiences and memories that they are providing to the families allow people to just have a break from all the stress and struggle that come with fighting an illness and give them a moment to just enjoy life.

They are a national leader with their JoyRx mentality that really makes them unique and different. CCA recently teamed up with Oregon State and Unitus Community Credit Union to connect families with the football team to provide the child a relationship with not only the football staff but the players as well.

The opportunities that CCA gives these families is priceless. 4.Global organizations, families and individuals support CCA because this brand delivers JoyRx, impact and results.

Board Member

Rating: 5

CCA is a national leader in delivering JoyRx to seriously-ill kids and teens. Hearing the stories of Joy through Music rx are profound. The work they do is unbelievable and to see the families and the children smile is just the best. CCA will continue to do great things.