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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, and nature to create transformative moments of joy for 30,000 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 over 314,000 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, and nature to create transformative moments of joy for 30,000 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

78 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am currently a Chemo Pal volunteer with CCA. The pure joy I receive during each of my visits with my mentee is beautiful.

The entire staff that I've worked with @ CCA as part of this program have demonstrated such compassion and care for both myself as a volunteer and my mentee andher family is excellent. This is an organization that is so worth being a part of and giving of my time.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The CCA has been an amazing program to volunteer with. I’ve been a Chemo-Pal for 7 years, and have felt blessed with the experiences available for my Chemo-Pal. The support and diversity of programs enrich the community!

Board Member

Rating: 5

I am proud of the caliber of civic engagement and volunteer leadership we have around the table at CCA. They deepen our business practices, elevate direct patient care and accelerate our growth. They are the heart and soul of our organization.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I first became acquainted with CCA through a colleague who had previously volunteered as a ChemoPal. He told me that I just had to connect with CCA and boy was he right! Once I met Regina and heard her story about her precious baby girl and saw the fight and commitment in her eyes, I was hooked! CCA is vital to our community and the organization, from staff, to board members to volunteers are ALL dedicated to the common goal of service and being their for kids and their families when they need help the most.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

CCA is an absolutely amazing organization. At Oregon State, we work with them to bring joy to the families they work with by providing a game day experience to meet the players, coaches, and fans....CCA brings some much joy these families who live in constant stress. They help remind the kids to be kids and the parents to take a moment and just enjoy the experience...just an amazing group of people

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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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I had no idea what it meant to have a 3 year old with Cancer. I didn’t know that my calendar for the next 3 1/2 years would be full of medication schedules and hospital appointments. I learned to live on very little sleep because my son was buzzing on steroids.
Children’s Cancer Association knew all of this. They knew just what I needed. I needed a magic fairy, a Chemo Pal, who would show up at the hospital for every appointment with a bag full of games, activities and books.
As my son progressed, and we emerged from a fog, we appreciated the full scope of CCA. They offered us fun activity respites (where everyone knows to wash their hands!), music programs and a family retreat at the coast.
Every person involved with CCA lives the message #JoyMatters !

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My experience with the Children's Cancer Society has been truly amazing. Every aspect of the organization is run with admirable integrity and professionalism. I would recommend CCA to everyone!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Children's Cancer Association not only pioneered bedside Joy.. the have continued a strong and transparent approach year after year after year. So many programs that all share one goal... Joy, but all serve in a different way. The CCA continues to work on strengthening their programs so that kiddos and families facing tragedy... still have some Joy during the toughest moments. The CCA is a life-changer for not only the families they serve, but their staff, volunteers, board members and sponsors as well. This non-profit exceeds expectations and standards... and is a perfect example of how a non-profit should be.. Helpful, Warm, Caring, Transparent, Engaging, Community-Leading and more. As a volunteer for the Children's Cancer Association, they have enhanced almost every aspect of my life making me better, every day... in almost everything I do. This is the type of organization you can't wait to be part of... especially when you can see first hand what they accomplish. I don't know what I would be doing or where I would be without the Children's Cancer Association.... and that's not coming from a served kiddo or family member.... it's from a volunteer. Chew on that thought when you are thinking about the best non-profits around.

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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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Great Organization. Great events. This Organization helps the kids in many ways. Very happy to be part of CCA.

Mark A.2

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been involved with CCA for approximately 5 years. I have seen firsthand how joy can make such a huge difference in the lives of children and families going through cancer. I am a musician as well and to be able to witness first hand the power of music to heal, inspire, provide hope and renew is such a wonderful and powerful thing.
I love this organization - they do so much for families and kids going through such a scary process.

Board Member

Rating: 5

This outstanding organization is absolutely one of a kind and is very apparent to those that come in contact with it. Thousands of families are served through the various programs that CCA has to offer not only locally but nationally.
I have chosen to spend my time, support and money with this organization because I believe in everything they do. It is one of the most fiscally responsible organizations that I have ever come across and are strategic to maximize the funds raised toward specific programs.
The CCA brings joy to so many families in really touch times and leaves an everlasting impression on those they serve as well as those who are part of the organization!

Board Member

Rating: 5

After losing a young cousin to lukemia and then later losing my daughter, I believe there are few causes more worthy than the mission that the CCA carries out for children and families: bringing joy into the lives of those experiencing and supporting the fight of a lifetime.

With gratitude,

Oceah Clark

Board Member

Rating: 5

The one word For CCA is exceptional. They are providing JOY for children across the country and I love being a part this board. The staff is engaged and creative and always is looking out first for the happiness of these children. I could not be more proud of CCA and their accomplishments.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been on the Ambassador Board of Children's Cancer Association for the last 5 years. It has been one of the most fulling experiences of my professional life. The care, professionalism, spirit and passion of everyone involved in running this organization has been truly inspiring.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I believe that CCA delivers on their mission consistently and with a level of transparency not seen in a lot of non-profits.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The staff are super friendly and helpful and supportive!

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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: 5

CCA has created and formed a nonprofit mission and staff that is second to none in creating incredible opportunities for volunteers to positively engage with children and their families who are battling cancer! I recall my first few visits with my chemo pal at the hospital, he was very shy and really unsure why I there. Within a few months we were routinely found in the hallways playing games, laughing and building legos. The parents of my chemo pal would actually have a few moments of quite time in the hospital which was great. I can't thank CCA enough for the opportunity to volunteer. Z

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

When I moved to Portland in December of 2016, one of the first things I did was search for an organization that I could spend my time with, a cause that I could connect to and enjoy investing my time into. I'm so glad that I found the Children’s Cancer Association.
CCAs mission statement couldn’t speak to my heart more.
I love volunteering with CCA because small joys are so important to the brave kids and families they help.... My interactions with every single staff member and volunteer has been nothing short of heartwarming. I think we all understand the value of "joy" and though we may not know each other well enough quite yet, I know we all have a personal reason that CCA and their mission means so much.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a Chemo Pal mentor for CCA for over two years now. I can't say enough wonderful things about this organization. I had the privilege of working in the front office last summer and loved loved every minute. The teams members were very friendly and helpful made me feel right at home.

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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.