April CCA Hero, Chrystalyn, is a polite and poised young lady who loves a good DIY project. She also has a blood disorder called hemoglobin E beta thalassemia, which is why her Chemo Pal Mentor made all the difference during frequent hospital visits.
The holidays are a time for reflection, gratefulness, and family. While many families with kids facing serious illness focused on their child’s health, we at the Children’s Cancer Association turned our attention to their happiness.
Bill Grange is easy-going, understanding, and a great conversationalist. He loves his job as a Portland realtor and finds joy in golfing, music, gardening, and his family. He’s also a CCA Chemo Pal extraordinaire, having been matched with five Chemo Pals over the past eleven years.
Lucy makes frequent trips to the hospital for emergency visits, so the Oliver family was relieved to hear they had been matched with a sponsor for Hope for the Holidays. Suddenly, they could focus on family at a time when that was needed most.
Dawson is an inspiring seventeen-year-old with a complicated diagnosis. After his family moved to a new home, Dawson and sister McKenna were faced with the dilemma of sharing the same room, that’s when CCA’s Link program and the Joyful Seed decided to help.
Holly Bruno is passionate about her family and has the uncanny ability to find the good in most of life’s challenges. It’s a quality that’s come in handy when making the decision to end treatment for a rare form of cancer called rhabdomyosarcoma.
His name is Blake, but you can call him Blakey Jo. Blake is an outdoorsy guy who loves digging in the dirt, blowing bubbles, driving his toy truck, and chasing his two big brothers every chance he gets.
Danielle’s family is just one of 62 families matched in 2017 with a holiday family sponsor, who provide gifts to each member of the household and a grocery store gift card for their holiday celebration. This is their holiday story.
This year’s annual Hope for the Holidays program was a huge success thanks to so many giving sponsors. The impact your involvement made was felt by each and every one of these deserving families.
Sarai is quiet and shy at first, but when she finally breaks into a radiant smile, it’s well worth the wait. The best way to get her to open up is to make animal noises, something her Grandpa Jorge just happens to be very good at.