Vancouver 4-year-old honored by Children’s Cancer Association

Lyla Hopper-Lopez, 4, was named a Children’s Cancer Association 2018 CCA Hero, which is a group of 11 local children and teens recognized for their exceptional courage, wisdom and grace in the face of serious medical challenges. The heroes were honored on May 29 at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry during a private recognition event, which featured a dove release, and was hosted by Drew Carney of KGW-TV and Regina Ellis, founder and chief joy officer at the association.

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In One Ear: ‘The power of positivity’

Ten-month-old Cyrus “Squishy” Churches of Astoria, who was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia shortly after he was born, has been named one of the Children’s Cancer Association (CCA)’s Heroes for 2018.  CCA Heroes are selected annually by medical teams at Randall Children’s Hospital at Legacy Emanuel, Doernbecher Children’s Hospital, Shriners Hospital for Children and CCA staff.  Cyrus’ chemotherapy treatments required monthlong hospital stays, with only a week off in between. Visits from the MyMusicRx team cheered him up, though, during his ordeal. “That was his favorite!” said his mom, Toniann. “At first, he would just stare or chase after them, but soon he was wanting to play along.” He also enjoyed jam sessions with his guitar-playing dad, Chad, and lullabies.

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Forest Grove Boy a CCA Hero

A Forest Grove boy is being recognized for his bravery in battling something no kid should ever have to: cancer. Weston Epler was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia last year at age 4. This year, he has been named one of the Children’s Cancer Association Heroes for his fight to end the disease. Weston is one of 11 children and teens recognized by the association for their “exceptional courage, wisdom and grace in the face of serious medical challenges,” said Children’s Cancer Association spokeswoman Whitney Wilhardt. The children were publicly celebrated at OMSI on Tuesday, May 29, with a medal award ceremony and dove release.

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Harefest Adds Cancer Fundraiser

Harefest in Canby has added a fourth day, open to attendees of all-ages, that will benefit the Children’s Cancer Association. Harefest for all will be Sunday, July 15 at Pat’s Acres in Canby and will feature regionally renowned Journey, Def Leppard, Bon Jovi, Pearl Jam, Heart, and The Cars tribute bands.

This new event includes the most popular features of the Harefest event, including the photo stage (a smaller version of the main stage specifically for photo ops with and without the festival performers, big hair station where ticket holders can get a professional ’80s hair-styling, northwest food and drink vendors, and kids’ activities such as face painting, henna tattoos, balloon artist, and even a ferris wheel. An added feature that is not available at Harefest is go-kart racing as Pat’s Acres Racing Complex will be open to the public during the event.

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Children’s Cancer Association’s Annual Fundraiser Hearts of Joy Raises $435,000

Portland, OR. February at Children’s Cancer Association (CCA) is always a special time when supporters come together for CCA’s largest community-driven campaign, Hearts of Joy. This fundraiser raises critical revenue for CCA’s programs that leverage music, friendship, nature, and resources to create transformative moments of joy for 28,000 children, teens, and their family members facing cancer and other serious illnesses each year. With the help corporate partners, hospitals, board members and volunteers, this year’s events raised $435,000. Since its inception in 2005, Hearts of Joy has raised more than $5.7 million for CCA’s programs.

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GlobalGiving’s Impact Data: Highlighting Nonprofit Learning and Effectiveness

On #GivingTuesday, November 28, Charity Navigator released the first wave of impact statements for thousands of rated nonprofits. GlobalGiving contributed our impact information to charity profiles, offering additional insights into our nonprofit partners’ cultures and philosophy around learning and effectiveness. We hope to help donors make more informed and impactful giving choices. Each of our partner organizations earns Effectiveness Points for Listening, Acting, Learning and Repeating, and points translate into a GG Rewards ranking: Partner, Leader, or Superstar. The Children’s Cancer Association ranked in the top ten for Superstar organizations.

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Here are Oregon’s 2017 Most Admired Companies

The rankings of the 2017 class of Oregon’s Most Admired Companies are here, and they include, along with several holdovers, a few new names. Amid such giants as the Nikes, the Intels and the OHSUs sit such up-and-coming companies as Smarsh, Dutch Bros. and, on the nonprofit side, Children’s Cancer Association. The roster includes some of the most-noted and long-respected names in Oregon’s storied business history. The winners were selected by the more than 400 CEOs who responded to a Portland Business Journal survey seeking the most admired companies in eight industry categories. We also selected winners across all industries based on the total votes received by companies.

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Jesuit Walks for Joy

Jesuit students fundraised for and participated in the annual Children’s Cancer Association Walk for Joy October 1. CCA annually hosts this four-hour event, which crosses the Tilikum Crossing in support of the youth with cancer.  The four main schools that join together by participating in the Walk for Joy are Central Catholic, La Salle, St. Mary’s Academy, and Jesuit High School. Junior Lilly Webb, a cancer survivor and a strong advocate for CCA, expressed the solidarity brought to the high school communities. “Jesuit and Central Catholic are arch rivals, but for something like this everyone is more than happy to come together and help the cause,” Webb said. The Children’s Cancer Association has impacted and improved the lives of so many, not only in the Jesuit community but nationally. The Walk for Joy truly demonstrates how the Portland community becomes united to help a cause that is so close to the hearts of many.

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