Children’s Cancer Association’s Annual Wonderball Raises $1.2 Million

Portland, OR. The Children’s Cancer Association (CCA) raised $1.2 million at its 18th annual Wonderball gala on September 29th to fuel its mission of prescribing joy to seriously ill children and their families. CCA welcomed more than 800 supporters to the Oregon Convention Center for a night inspired by the healing power of the great outdoors and the beauty of the Pacific Northwest. A record-breaking paddle raise was led by Kelly Russell of Artisan Auctions following inspiring addresses from Jesuit High School senior, Lilly Webb, a member of CCA’s Young Adult Alliance; and CCA parent, Will Carey, who shared the powerful ways CCA continues to support his family, even after the loss of his son Jack fourteen years ago.

CCA’s Wonderball was made possible by the Presenting sponsor, Regence BlueCross Blue Shield of Oregon. Additional sponsors included PDX Property Group as Lead sponsor and Randall Children’s Hospital at Legacy Emanuel as Celebration sponsor

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MyMusicRX New Digital Extension

MyMusicRX is a program aimed at helping kids and teens facing cancer or other serious illnesses through music. Sarah Marshall and Bob Lum, both MyMusicRX Austin board members, talk about the program and something new it’s launching.

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Vance Joy Brings ‘Ukuleles for Kids’ to Children’s Hospitals for Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

Vance Joy has launched a new charitable initiative called Ukuleles for Kids. The musician teamed up with ukulele brand Kala and MyMusicRx — the flagship program of the Children’s Cancer Association — to kick off his new program, bringing the instruments to children in hospitals. Joy himself will film video lessons hosted by MyMusicRx, teaching the notes to songs including his own “Riptide” and latest single “Saturday Sun.” Kala will donate plastic, hospital-sanitary ukuleles, encouraging patients to learn how to play.

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CCA Launches Digital Music Medicine

The digital service, which is available daily on any device at MyMusicRx.org and at more than 25 pediatric hospitals nationwide, empowers hospitalized kids to shift, plan, and grow through music by utilizing a proprietary mood-shift tool to help them feel better, faster. MyMusicRx.org’s extensive “Listen, Learn, Play” content library features music lessons, games, and exclusive videos from national recording artists like Ed Sheeran, Nick Jonas, Norah Jones, Ringo Starr & His All Starr Band, The Decemberists, and Tegan and Sara.

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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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Local musicians bring joy to young patients

St. David’s Children’s Hospital is helping patients heal with the power of music. The north Austin hospital partnered with MyMusicRx, to bring local Austin musicians to the hospital and play for children.  The volunteers are all specially trained to learn music medicine techniques, depending on a child’s mood and needs. “Our specialists play music, the often will even teach lessons,” said Abby Guyer, vice president of brand for Children’s Cancer Association, “and the notion is that kids get to be in charge of the interaction. so we like to say its kid-prescribed rather than doctor-prescribed.”

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