We Prescribe Joy!

For children diagnosed with serious illness and their families, every moment is precious. At the Children's Cancer Association (CCA), our goal is to transform as many of those moments as possible — with joy.

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About CCA

At CCA we believe all kids deserve long, wonderful lives. Or at the very least, short, wonderful lives. That’s why our programs leverage music, friendship, play, and resources to create transformative moments of joy for families facing cancer and other serious illnesses.


CCA’s MyMusicRx®, Chemo Pal® Mentor Program, Alexandra Ellis Caring Cabin™, and Link programs proudly delivered award winning, free-of-charge services a combined 81,000 times in 2015.

2016 Celebration of Courage

CCA celebrates our Class of 2016 Heroes, 12 extraordinary kids selected from the approximately 5,400 children and teens served annually by our innovative, free-of-charge programs at Randall Children’s Hospital at Legacy Emanuel, Doernbecher Children’s Hospital, and Shriners Hospital for Children. Get to know a new Hero each month here on our homepage and on our social media platforms. CCA’s Hero of the Month for June is Aaron Cressey, age 13, of Silverton, OR.

CCA's June Hero

Aaron Cressey

He’s only 13, but Aaron is already a renaissance man. He plays the alto sax. He sings in the choir. He’s even trained in ballroom dancing. And in the midst of it all, he’s battled leukemia. Initially diagnosed in 2009, Aaron underwent a tough treatment regimen for over three years. It’s been a hard road, but Aaron has faced it with a positive attitude and wisdom beyond his years.