CCA’s JoyRx® Music, Mentorship, and Nature programs (formerly MyMusicRx, Chemo Pal Mentor Program, and NatureRx, respectively) create feel-good moments for young patients and help them positively shift their mood to relieve the sadness, anxiety, and isolation experienced during lengthy treatments and hospitalizations—transforming their pediatric healthcare experience.
Since 1995, JoyRx® Music (formerly MyMusicRx) has drawn on the universal power of music to buoy spirits and energize, enabling young patients to feel Joy during the stressful and painful experiences related to extended hospitalizations and treatments for life-threatening illness.
JoyRx® Mentorship (first introduced as the Chemo Pal® Mentor Program in 1999) fosters trusted companionship to inspire laughter and distraction. The only program of its kind in the nation, Children’s Cancer Association’s trained, adult volunteer Joy Mentors provide emotional support to young patients in treatment and critical support to parents who endure the hardship of long hospital stays with their children.
Since 2006, CCA has offered free-of-charge retreats at the secluded Alexandra Ellis Caring Cabin® in Pacific City, Oregon, providing children in treatment and their extended families with an essential connection to nature and healing to foster resiliency and restore the energy and hope needed to battle serious illness.