Sunshine and Smiles Abound at the Second-Annual Golf for Joy Challenge

A decade ago, Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club co-founder and dedicated Children’s Cancer Association (CCA) supporter, Gay Davis, challenged himself to play 100 holes to raise funds for CCA’s Joy-based programs. Last week, Gay passed the baton to a new generation of golfers, who completed safe, socially distant, all-day golf-a-thons to create Joy for seriously ill kids, teens, and their families… Read more »

Finding Joy in Every Moment: A Letter from Xay’s Mom

Dear CCA Friends,  Imagine being nine years old and having more medical diagnoses than you can count. Spending months of your life in a hospital bed, instead of playing outside. My son, Xay, has been in and out of the hospital since the day he was born. He has epilepsy, chronic lung disease, spastic hemiplegic cerebral palsy, ADHD, an autoimmune disorder…but despite everything, Xay always finds a reason to smile.  I… Read more »

It All Ties Back to Joy: Meet Peter Tran

To Peter Tran, a 19-year-old cancer survivor, JoyRx Mentorship program graduate, and artist from Portland, OR, mentorship means connection.   A social butterfly, Peter has a wide circle of family and friends, and easily bonded with the nurses and staff at Randall Children’s Hospital who helped him during treatment. Despite his large support system, he still experienced feelings of isolation during hospitalization—until he met his… Read more »

A Letter from Sara, Kira’s Mom

Meet Kira, a bright and musical 15-year-old who has recently completed three years of treatment for Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL).   Through long hospital stays, chemo, and a scary side-effect of treatment that left Kira temporarily unable to communicate, Kira and her family found comfort in moments of laughter, hope, and Joy. Here’s a heartfelt letter from Kira’s mom, Sara, about Kira’s cancer journey—and how CCA’s Joy-centric programs provided critical emotional and social support for the entire family, and… Read more »