Meet CCA Hero, McKenzie

In 2014, life threw McKenzie a pretty big curveball. She came down with what seemed to be a simple case of the sniffles—but was actually a rare virus that caused devastating polio-like symptoms. Twelve days later, she was paralyzed from the neck down. While the disease took McKenzie’s ability to move, it left her spirit… Read more »

Our Story Is About Epilepsy

Watch John tell his powerful story. At 18-months-old, Colton started having seizures. What began as a mere eye flutter, eventually escalated into 5-hour long episodes and a medically induced coma. Facing the real possibility of losing our son, I was full of doubt and fear. I questioned what our future would bring and how I… Read more »

Cancer Sucks!  

At CCA, we know that for seriously ill children and their families, every moment is precious and we’ve made it our mission to transform those moments with joy. That’s why when Blake was diagnosed with clear cell carcinoma at just 2-years-old, CCA was there to deliver the healing power of friendship and music right to… Read more »

Meet CCA Hero, Xavier

If you want to strike up a conversation with Xavier Jackson, just ask him about trains. This friendly nine-year-old will be happy to tell you everything you ever wanted to know, from the different types of engines to the history of locomotion. (It should come as no surprise that he wants to be a conductor… Read more »

Meet CCA Hero, Marcella

Marcella Mercado is a courageous young woman who dances circles around her cystic fibrosis—literally. She loves to dance, everything from hip-hop and lyrical to jazz and ballet. Although her disease requires her to take a few extra precautions, she refuses to let it get in the way of her life. “When something gets challenging, I… Read more »

Meet CCA Hero, Jesse

Ask his friends and family to describe Jesse, and one word always comes up: generous. This thoughtful 18-year-old loves to put others before himself, even though he’s the one who’s fighting leukemia. Case in point: when he was given a shopping spree by Make-A-Wish, the first things he purchased were new shoes for his parents… Read more »

Meet CCA Hero, Jazzy

Make way for Jasmine “Jazzy” Soria-Pons! She may be just three years old, but this sassy little girl is already running the show. “One night at the hospital, she got all the other kids out of bed and led them down the hall in an impromptu parade,” laughed her mom Monique. “She’s just a natural… Read more »

Meet CCA Hero, Henry

Henry is a good-natured three-year-old with a serious thing for superheroes and garbage trucks. He faces every day with boundless energy and joy—in fact, the first thing he says when he wakes up is, “Yay! It’s morning time!” Henry’s positive attitude is even more impressive considering his medical challenges—he was diagnosed with a brain tumor… Read more »

Meet CCA Hero, Holly

Holly is a sweet, quiet third-grader who loves the color purple, practicing the piano, singing, riding her bike, and playing board games with her parents and four siblings. While trying to enjoy every last minute of her summer vacation, persistent ear pain led to a diagnosis of a rare form of cancer called rhabdomyosarcoma. Although… Read more »

Meet CCA Hero, Aaron

[Update] -It is with heavy hearts we share that Aaron passed away on June 27th, 2016. We are honored to have known Aaron during his too brief life and will continue to celebrate his legacy of positivity and bravery. At 13, Aaron was already a Renaissance man. He played the alto sax. He sang in the choir. He’d… Read more »