When Janalyn’s son, Spencer, was diagnosed with neuroblastoma just before his 13th birthday, she saw firsthand how powerful and healing Joy can be. During his first prolonged hospital stay, Spencer shut down. He refused every comfort, interaction, and activity offered—until CCA’s trained MyMusicRx® musicians, Cameron and Jean, walked through the door. “I remember when we… Read more »
A cross between a supportive playmate and trusted listener, Joy Mentors bring lightness. In the hospital, they arrive with bags full of toys, games, and activities and do their best to make their young friends belly laugh and smile ear-to-ear to relieve their stress and anxiety, dispelling feelings of loneliness and isolation. Virtually and remotely, they spend time on chat and Zoom video calls and exchange old fashioned pen-pal letters. Mentorships can last multiple years and often the bonds of friendship are still strong long after the final treatment.
Since 1999, the program has matched more than 1,500 kids undergoing lengthy treatment regimens with a trained and trusted adult mentor volunteer.