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 »
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.
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 »
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.
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.
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.
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.
On May 30th, the Children’s Cancer Association (CCA) had the honor of presenting 12 incredible children and teens the title of CCA Hero at the Celebration of Courage. Their family, friends, and nurses gathered at OMSI (Oregon Museum of Science and Industry) to celebrate the joy and strength that these heroes embody. It was a… Read more »
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!”
September’s CCA Hero is non other than Bastian! Bastian has faced some challenges in his life, but always brings a positive attitude.