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 »

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.

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 »

Celebration of Courage

CCA is proud to present our 2017 Heroes, a group of 12 outstanding kids and teens recognized for their exceptional courage, wisdom, and grace in the face of serious medical challenges.

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.

Meet CCA Hero, Justus

Music has always been a big part of Justus’ life. As a toddler, he loved belting out “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star” on his toy microphone; by age three, he was already starting to sing harmonies. “He was quite the little ham,” said his dad Jason.

Meet June CCA Hero, Monse

What inspires Monse? The brilliant colors of the sunset. As a budding photographer, this creative 16-year-old likes capturing the pinks, purples, and blues that she loves so much. She also enjoys painting, exploring new places, and playing the ukulele.

August CCA Hero - Sol

Meet August CCA Hero – Sol

Sol is the perfect name for this two-year-old ray of sunshine. Sol loves petting farm animals, pretending to be a dinosaur, blowing bubbles with her Chemo Pal, Emily, and her rubber boots. “She’s all about those boots”, laughed her mom, Ruth. “She even sleeps in them!”

CCA Hero Bastian

Meet September CCA Hero – Bastian

September’s CCA Hero is non other than Bastian! Bastian has faced some challenges in his life, but always brings a positive attitude.