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Celebrating 25 years of mission impact in 2020, and benefiting more than 30,000 seriously ill kids, teens, and their family members each year, the Children’s Cancer Association (CCA) delivers Joy-based programming that transforms the pediatric healthcare experience.

CCA’s JoyRxTM programs enhance the mental health and emotional well-being of young patients with the healing power of music, friendship, and nature; empowering them to positively shift their emotional states during the stressful and painful experiences related to fighting life-threatening illnesses and extended hospitalizations. CCA knows Joy works. Kids feel better.

Cancer remains the number one cause of death by disease for young patients. And because cancer knows no geographic boundaries – neither should Joy. CCA’s goal is to clinically position and deliver JoyRx as best practice in children’s hospitals across the country.

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CHEMO PAL MENTOR PROGRAM

In 1999, CCA introduced the Chemo Pal® Mentor Program; 20 years later, it’s still the only program of its kind today. The Chemo Pal Mentor Program pairs trained adult mentors with kids and teens in treatment, creating trusted friendships. The Chemo Pal program gives kids a caring adult friend to look forward to during treatments, and someone in their corner when they need it most.

CCA’s Chemo Pal mentors play games, listen to music, share hobbies, or simply offer the comfort of companionship, relieving the anxiety, loneliness, and isolation experienced by children in treatment. A Chemo Pal mentor can also give parents a much-needed break to grab a cup of coffee, talk with doctors, or spend time with their other children.

The program has now matched a trained and trusted adult mentor to-date with more than 1,500 kids undergoing lengthy treatment regimens.

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DONATIONS

Your gift creates Joy for seriously ill kids and teens battling cancer and other life-threatening illnesses by providing them with the healing powers of music, friendship, and nature. Thank you for making an incredible difference in the lives of amazing and brave kids.

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