February marks the season of joy here at the Children’s Cancer Association (CCA) and this month our community showed up in a big way. City-wide, businesses said yes to joy, volunteers found joy in the act of helping, and the donations we received have ensured joy is never out of reach for children stuck in the hospital.
Shoe Dogs vs. Apparel Cats
The team at Nike took on an ambitious goal to raise $200K for CCA in just 36 hours, pitting teams Shoe Dogs and Apparel Cats against each other. With Board Member, Andrea Corradini leading the charge, the local and international team raised $249K, but the fundraiser didn’t end there. Inspired by their passion and initiative, an anonymous donor matched the original goal of $200K, raising the total donation to $449K!
Car Raffle with Dick Hannah Dealerships
Thanks to Dick Hannah Dealerships, the Joy Drive Car Raffle winner was chosen LIVE on KGW. CCA-served child, Annie, pulled the winning ticket and spoke about the impact her Chemo Pal has had on her time at the hospital. Congratulations Dan on being our 2019 winner!
LIVE at KGW
Our partners and friends at KGW 8 returned for their second year, highlighting interviews and stories from families, teens, and children supported by CCA’s programs.
Beloved anchors from KGW 8 welcomed guests Brayden, Kira, Maddie, Skyla, Stephen and Chemo Pal volunteer, Bill Grange. They also highlighted three families served by multiple CCA programs. Watch them below.
Stella Finds Joy in Music
At the age of two, Stella’s parents noticed her lymph nodes were the size of golf balls and not long after she was diagnosed with leukemia. A year later, she’s still in treatment, but music with MyMusicRx has made all the difference in her care.
“There were times when she was hooked up to her IV, and they’d be playing music in the hallway, and she’d say ‘Let’s go dance, mom!’”
Chemo Pal Mentor Brings New Light and Life to Heaven
Heaven spent six difficult weeks inpatient when she was diagnosed with cancer, a period that her mother can’t image facing without the MyMusicRx specialists and Heaven’s Chemo Pal Mentor.
“[CCA] came into our lives, at our darkest time and already knew exactly what we needed. Looking back, I can’t imagine my life, our journey – our cancer journey, without them.”
Almost a year ago, Holly passed away after multiple years of cancer treatment. Today, her parents, Heidi and Rick, want to give back to the community and honor their daughter’s memory.
“Other children are going through similar things, other families that are experiencing what we’ve gone through, and we want to be able to give back because of what they have provided to us.”
Hearts of Joy
All throughout February, Oregon and SW Washington businesses raised funds for CCA by selling $1 and $5 paper hearts. Businesses included locations with Papa Murphy’s Pizza, which also offered $1 per pizza or 20% of online orders donated to CCA, Elmer’s Restaurants, KingPins, Pietro’s Pizza, Flying Pie Pizzeria, Joe’s Burgers, Brow Betty, Pro Caliber, Dr. Bittner Dentistry for Kids, A Flair for Gifts and Home, and Micropump.
A huge thank you to each of these amazing businesses for supporting our programs and to our passionate community who came out to support us!
Thank You for Funding Joy
The funds raised for our programs during Joy Drive wouldn’t have been possible without our community partners and you. Our deepest thanks for fueling our joy-based programs, which because of your generosity, remain free-of-charge to seriously ill children, teens, and family members.
If you haven’t made a donation yet, please consider giving today. All donations have the power to help seriously ill children and teens find joy.