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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Kadlec goes for ‘Music as Medicine’ with New Pediatric Program

Kadlec Regional Medical Center took up a new “music as medicine” program Friday for its pediatric patients. Northwest Mutual in Kennewick donated $15,000 and Kadlec added another $5,000 to bring the program to the hospital. “We have had volunteers sharing their musical talents with our patients for years, but bringing the MyMusicRx program to our youngest patients helps ease their way during their stay in the hospital, ” said Reza Kaleel, Kadlec chief administrative officer.  The program comes from the Portland-based Children’s Cancer Center. Kadlec is the first regional-sized hospital to try it out.

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Children Patients at Local Hospital get new Entertainment on their Visits

Hospital visits are not fun, whether you’re a patient or going to see someone, especially if you’re a child. But the pediatric unit at Kadlec Regional Medical Center will be seeing their patients playing a tune. Today, they launched the MyMusicRx Program. Kadlec’s Child life specialist Jennifer Jones thinks this will easily decrease the negativity that children have on hospital visits.

“They don’t need the stress that’s associated with hospitals these days. Hospitals aren’t fun and we hate to see when kids are affected with health situations,” said Jones. “Being able to help them smile and laugh and just be kids is a great gift we can offer them.”

This will also be the first time MyMusicRX will be in a general hospital with a pediatric floor in a regional market.

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Remodeled retreat: Cheerful Caring Cabin delivers joy to kids with cancer

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.

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Montclair Girl Organizing ‘Mitzvahpalooza’ to Help Kids with Cancer

When female students are in Hebrew School, they complete a volunteer project prior to their bat-mitzvah. Ella Freund, is a local Glenfield School seventh-grader whose project will be a concert raising funds to support children battling cancer. This Oct. 7 at Studio Playhouse, 14 Alvin Place, Freund and her friends are hosting a concert whose proceeds will go to the Children’s Cancer Association’s program, MyMusicRx.

The idea for this project came about when mother and daughter saw an organization spotlighted on the Today Show that provides music to kids who are sick. “This project means so much to me because I love music, and I want other kids who are unfortunately ill to experience the magic of music and hopefully make them feel happier,” Freund said.

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Family Gets a Special Surprise From Children’s Cancer Association

Sol Soria-Zuniga, a Hillsboro toddler got a special surprise earlier this month, when she received a large play structure in her backyard from a local supermarket. Sol is a gal on the go.  Having a place for his daughter to play has made a world of difference, Andy Soria, Sol’s father, said. “For us, it’s meant that when she’s feeling great we can spend a lot of our time outside,” Soria said. “She’s able to do a lot of physical activity, and so do we. It’s just fantastic not to have to be concerned, and have our kid be a kid, which she hasn’t been able to do for the better part of 15 months.”

The donation was made possible through Hillsboro Costco, Solowave and McCarthy Building Companies, which provided volunteers to work on the project.

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KGW: CCA Summer Car Raffle

KGW’s Greater Portland Today host, Hayley Platt, interviews VP of Development, Jenny O’Bryan, about CCA’s summer car raffle. The winner of the raffle, to be drawn on September 28th, will get to choose one of three cars from Audi Beaverton. The summer car raffle is one of the many fundraising events hosted by CCA in order to transform as many moments as possible into moments of joy for children and families who are battling a serious illness.

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Prescribing Joy: A Stay At Children’s Cancer Association “Caring Cabin” Is Powerful Medicine

Alexandra Ellis Caring Cabin, nestled on 24 acres of serene woods just outside of Pacific City on the Oregon Coast, is one of many ways the Children’s Cancer Association (CCA) based in Portland prescribes joy as a powerful medicine for children and families facing serious illness.

Diane Slaughter’s 6-year-old son Mason was undergoing treatment for leukemia during their stay. The Caring Cabin offered a welcome escape in a place designed for families just like them, fully equipped with all the comforts of home. Slaughter said she and her family enjoyed everything about their time at the cozy beach house and really appreciate CCA’s efforts to bring loved ones together in a peaceful, playful, healing and normalizing setting.

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Sick Teen from Oregon meets with Seahawks and Skydives

A young teen with cancer spent a week in Seattle earlier this month.  Ayden, 14, drove up to Seattle from Oregon last week. The teen is a huge Seattle Seahawks fan and got to meet with the team. He also had spent time at an indoor skydiving facility.  Ayden’s Seattle experience last week was organized by Children’s Cancer Association.

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