10.10.17 in Alexandra Ellis Caring Cabin
Interior designer Anna Kimmel accepted a project that would intimidate most people: Create a cheerful space to bring joy to seriously ill children and their families. Today, the Children’s Cancer Association’s renovated coastal retreat is a place where natural light, color and fun furniture come to play. Inside the Caring Cabin, kids can hang out in a media room with a table made of steel-and-wood letters that spell out “Joy Rx,” a reference to the organization’s motto of prescribing joy. The 24-acre retreat, outside of Pacific City and far away from the hospital environment, connects kids to nature and promotes healing, says Regina Ellis, who founded the Portland-based Children’s Cancer Association in 1995 after her five-year-old daughter Alexandra died of cancer.