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 »

Meet CCA Hero, Asher

Asher is a super friendly kid with a smile that’s guaranteed to melt your heart. He loves to dance, play with his siblings (all nine of them!), and sing the “Itsy Bitsy Spider” song with anyone who cares to join in. Asher was born with Down syndrome and diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia (AML) at… Read more »

Meet CCA Hero, Jordyn

Jordyn is a kind, creative girl who dreams of being a scientist or a movie director. A real social butterfly, Jordyn has a large circle of pals and cherishes them all. “I love spending time with my friends,” she says. “We like to talk and do silly stuff.” In 2007, Jordyn was diagnosed with Emery-Dreifuss… Read more »

Remembering Caitlyn  

Caitlyn’s mom, Shawna, talks with 105.1 The BUZZ about her daughter and 2013 CCA Hero, Caitlyn. Beginning at just 15-months-old, Caitlyn fought a long battle with cancer, eventually passing away at age 17. Throughout the many years of hospital visits and treatments, CCA was with them the whole way. Shawna talks about the friendship that… Read more »

Meet CCA Hero, Jayden

Jayden “J-Bear” Moore is a funny, quirky girl with a bright smile and a big heart. Tragically, her mother and twin sister died in the same car accident she was injured in; Jayden spent the better part of a year in the hospital recovering from her injuries. Today, this bubbly young lady is back on… Read more »