Volunteer Spotlight - Rusty Nelson | Children's Cancer Association (CCA)

Volunteer Spotlight – Meet Rusty Nelson

Rusty Nelson has been volunteering with the Children’s Cancer Association for the last six years and according to him, there’s no end in sight. We sat down with Rusty to ask him about his time with CCA.

Meet Caitlin Broderick, MyMusicRx Specialist

Caitlin joined the MyMusicRx In-Hospital team just over a year ago. Already, she’s made a huge impression on the children and teens CCA serves by bringing music to their bedside. We sat down with Caitlin to ask about some of the various aspects of her job and what brings her joy! What inspired you to… Read more »

Meet CCA Hero, Joshua

When we say that Joshua has a winning smile, we mean it literally—this cheerful little guy actually won a trophy at his school for having the best smile. His contagious grin lights up his entire face and delights everyone around him, from his family, to his teachers, to his medical team.

Zoa meets Panic! At The Disco

Zoa Meets Panic! At The Disco for 13th Birthday Surprise

Zoa’s First Concert Like many 12-year-old girls, Zoa has pictures of her favorite band, Panic! At The Disco, plastering her walls. Unlike, many girls, Zoa is also battling Myelodysplastic Syndrome (MDS), pre-leukemia bone marrow failure. When Zoa learned that Panic! At The Disco would be coming to Portland for a concert, she told her parents… Read more »

Chemo Pal Volunteer Spotlight – Meet Lisa Fogg

Chemo Pal Mentor, Lisa Fogg, is quick to share just how lucky she feels to be matched with five-year-old Annabel through the Chemo Pal Mentor Program. “Anyone who has met Annabel is inspired by her strength, love and positive spirit. Every time I see her she comes running and jumps into my arms.” Enjoying Time… Read more »

CCA Hero Veda

Meet CCA Hero, Veda

Veda is a charming young talent who is truly wise beyond her years. Both compassionate and polite, she’ll greet you with a handshake, a warm smile, and ask how you’re doing today. Fighting Leukemia This remarkable poise and grace has helped her face some daunting medical challenges in the past year. Last January, she started… Read more »

The Enduring Power of Friendship

CCA’s Chemo Pal Mentor Program provides kids with a caring, trusted, adult friend to look forward to seeing during treatments, and someone in their corner when they need it most. Chemo Pal mentors play games, listen to music, share hobbies, or simply offer the comfort of companionship, relieving the anxiety, loneliness, and isolation experienced by… Read more »

Meet CCA Hero, Jacob

17-year-old Jacob Daskalakis has a contagious smile and a zest for life that is apparent the moment you meet him. He loves riding his dirt bike, running, cheering on the Portland Trail Blazers, and making others laugh.

Giving Hope for the Holidays

The holiday season is over, but we aren’t done celebrating quite yet! The Joy of Giving Once again our annual Hope for the Holidays event was a huge success. Run by CCA’s Link program, this event provides support and joy to families who need a little help during the holiday season. Each family is matched… Read more »

MyMusicRx Volunteer Spotlight – Meet Tim Uecker  

An experienced MyMusicRx Volunteer, Tim Uecker has played music for kids battling serious medical illnesses for over 15 years. He started volunteering in 2001 when he was working at a local music shop and heard about the MyMusicRx Hallway Harmonics volunteer music program. The Hallway Harmonics volunteers play for kids at Randall Children’s Hospital and… Read more »