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Children's Cancer Association

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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.

Results: The Children's Cancer Association (CCA) 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 28,000 children, teens, and their family members each year. Unlike many organizations dedicated to the worthy goal of someday finding a cure for cancer, CCA is all about creating joy today. CCA’s MyMusicRx®, Chemo Pal® Mentor Program, Alexandra Ellis Caring Cabin™, and Link programs proudly delivered award winning, free-of-charge services a combined 92,000 times in FY17.

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 92,000 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 28,000 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

59 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I first heard about the CCA thru their Valentine's Day for The CCA Radioathon. Hearing Regina Ellis share her personal experience with childhood cancer and her family's heart to help other families get the joy they need during a difficult time made me want to be part of it. My employeer has worked with my coworkers to raise funds during the Valentine's Day for the CCA since 2007 and our involvement has evolved from not just fundraising but also volunteering along side The CCA and their awesome pool of Staff and Volunteers. It doesn't just bring joy to the little ones going through cancer and their families, but so much joy is given to the volunteers.
The CCA is an amazing group of people who work closely with members of the community, engaging with, and including one another for the benefit of families in need of a little something to look forward to.
From a logistical stand point, they run all of their fundraisers and volunteer opportunities with such skill, organization, efficiency all around, and gratitude. They understand the importance of each volunteer and their role in making these events successful not just financially but for building teamwork and community.
You will simply fall in love with this group of amazing people who work so hard and so smart, for the CCA.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I'm a Chemo Pal Mentor with CCA and it's a wonderful organization that really makes a difference in the lives of kids with cancer. Through the Chemo Pal Mentor program, JoyRx Music Program, the Caring Cabin, CCA brings joy, friendship, and experiences to children and their families while they are going through very difficult circumstances.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteer as a Chemo Pal for the CCA, and I have to say it has been a life changing experience. The benefits of the volunteer experience are obvious, so I'd like to mention why I rate the CCA 5 stars as a non-profit.

My experience with the CCA has been 100%. From the application process, to the interview, through the ongoing support of the program. They are professional, thorough, and very organized. As a volunteer, I appreciate the support I receive and the stellar communication I have received over the last two years.

They are a great group of people, and I'm proud to be part of the organization.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Children's Cancer Association is beyond amazing! CCA's staff exceeds my expectations on an ongoing basis. They stay in frequent contact with their volunteers and give us the big picture of how our time and commitment makes a difference for children and families impacted by cancer. I truly appreciate the opportunity to be a volunteer with this organization.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a chemo pal mentor, and in order to be approved as such, I had to go through extensive background checks, fingerprint checks, medical tests, interviews and training. CCA takes their role seriously ensuring that they are creating the best environment and matching the correct mentor with each child. I am very proud to be a volunteer for CCA!

2 Kelsey W.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've volunteered for the CCA for 2 years now. They do so many wonderful things for children and their families. They really do make a difference in the lives of children that are going throw some incredible hardships. I'm very proud to volunteer and support such a wonderful operation . Keep up the good work CCA! ♡

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

have been a chemo pal to a 6 year old boy who had a bone marrow transplant. The family has been very appreciative and I have become good friends with all of them. Very inspiring to see the work they do with children and their families facing difficult medical situations.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I'm a Chemo Pal and I've seen first hand with 4 different young boys that I've been matched with what a difference this program makes in their lives. In each case these young boys dread their appointments and once we are matched that changes dramatically. They look forward to going to their appointments to spend time playing with me. I believe that a happy child gets a lot better results from their treatments. I've also seen how this program will step in when families are having difficult times financially because of medical expenses. It's so wonderful to see an organization that fills so many needs when a family is dealing with a potentially fatal illness of a child.

I've been volunteering for them for 5 years now & the relationships I've formed with these young boys and their families is a blessing to each of us. I cherish my time with each boy & wish that this program could be in more places accross the country. It's one of a kind!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I first became introduced to CCA through Facebook and as I researched them I found out that they were based locally and were continually recognized for their excellence. I became a Chemo Pal mentor with them two years ago. Being able to deliver joy to seriously ill kids and teens is an incredible thing to be a part of and I would encourage everyone to check out different ways they can get involved at JoyRx.org.

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

Volunteering as a chemo Pal for Children's Cancer Association has been such a wonderful and fulfilling experience! I love the people that work there and how dedicated and thoughtful they are to the organization and everybody involved in it, especially the children! I have to say, I am very thankful to be part of this organization. I really feel like I make a difference and it's all because CCA makes it possible!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a Chemo Pal Mentor for almost two years. Children's Cancer Association always goes above and beyond for patients, their families, and their mentors. There has never been a time where I have felt unsure or unsupported thanks to my program supervisors and fellow Chemo Pals.

They go above and beyond for the families which they support. It's absolutely incredible.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

From the moment I stepped foot in the Children's Cancer Association's front door, I felt an instant sense of warmth and joy..and you could feel it came from a special place. 2 minutes into the orientation I was hooked, but had no idea the CCA was about to change my life...as a volunteer. Witnessing the joy they bring to children's hospitals.. not only bedside but in the hallways and surgery, the connection was inevitable. I went from wanting to help to becoming addicted to volunteering for the CCA. Yah, I said it...an addict. I became a joy addict watching the kids frowns turn to smiles..bedside. Watching siblings and parents sigh in relief, smile and even laugh a little bit only adds to it. The CCA changed my life as human, friend, father and member of the community. I care more and love more because of the CCA. There's not enough room to talk about their greatness.... we would need about 500 pages. Anyone can volunteer anywhere....non-profits are awesome. BUT, there is no better place than the Children's Cancer Association when it comes to non-profits. How they directly affect the current and future lives of sick kids and their families is unmatched. Nothing has made the impact on my life, and others... like the CCA has. They should come with a warning label though... Warning: Even the smallest dose of the CCA may cause severe Joy, Goosebumps, Chills, Laughter, Excitement, Giggles, Tears, Smiles and Love.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

National organizations, families and individuals support CCA because this brand delivers JoyRx, impact and results to nearly 22,000 children and teens across the US with cancer and other serious illnesses. I am passionate about CCA because no other organization makes sure to provide children and their families with transformative moments of joy through music, as well as enduring bonds of friendship through the mentoring of Chemo Pals. CCA staff and volunteers truly care about helping and supporting children and their families.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Childrens Cancer Association is a wonderful and effective organization full of bright, caring, and creative individuals who are all driven by one desire: to bring joy and excitement to children and teens with cancer and other debilitating illnesses, as well as offer support and peace of mind to their families. Their volunteers are always forward thinking and positive, whether it's supporting the organization at a race or playing music for kids at a hospital. I greatly appreciate the work they do and I do my part, when I can, to spread their message to as many people as I can.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

CCA is an absolutely amazing group! Supplying chemo PALS that bring toys and games to the hospital to hang out. All the events they provide give the kids things to look forward to. Beach days, soccer, basketball, football and hockey games. Holding craft nights at their office. Just a small bit of what they do.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering and working with the "Joy Squad" (young professionals board) for the past 3 years and the experience has been breathtaking. I've seen first hand the impact and joy that is created with children and teens through the in hospital programs. Kids being able to be kids while in the hospital, seeing the change in their mannerisms and inflection change, and the impact it has on their families as they are able to relax, play, and be present in these moments. CCA has taught me, a healthy young man, empathy and has shown me the true value of communities sharing and being vested in each other.

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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.

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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.

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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.

1 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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