There are no friendships quite like the friendships of our childhood. But serious illness is like an invisible wall, isolating kids not only from their regular lives, but from their friends and school activities, too. CCA tailors opportunities and programs to support kids, teens and families facing the realities of isolation, hospitalization, and a limited ability to participate in school activities, clubs, sports, etc.

Chemo Pal Mentor Program

CCA knows that kids and families need a friend when they’re facing cancer.

Our award-winning Chemo Pal Mentor Program gives kids a caring, trusted adult friend to look forward to during treatments, and someone in their corner when they need it most. A Chemo Pal mentor can also give parents a much-needed break to grab a cup of coffee, take a nap, talk with doctors, or spend time with other children. 

Chemo Pal mentors play games, listen to music, share hobbies, or simply offer the comfort of companionship.

CCA's Chemo Pal Mentor Program delivered the joy of friendship to 250 Pacific Northwest children and teens last year. In addition, 750 family members and their Chemo Pal mentors enjoyed events and activities outside the hospital enviroment.

If you’d like to inquire about getting a Chemo Pal mentor for your child or teen, please email Katie Arnich, Chemo Pal Program Specialist, at

If you’re interested in becoming a Chemo Pal mentor, please email

Please view the Chemo Pal Mentor Program Wish List.

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