Seventeen-year-old Dawson doesn’t speak much, but his giant smile says it all. This good-natured guy has had to face a number of medical challenges, including diabetes, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, and pulmonary hypertension.
19-year-old Jake teaches basketball every summer in honor of his childhood friend, who passed away from cancer ten years ago.
Family, friends, and CCA staff gathered to honor 11 kids and teens at the Celebration of Courage. The event, now marking its 20th year, recognizes the remarkable achievements, endurance, optimism, and strength that these Heroes face each day as they fight cancer and other serious illnesses.
Catlin is a Chemo Pal Mentor to the amazing Jack, diagnosed with Osteosarcoma in 2017. They’re both huge sports fans and can make each other laugh, but life decided to throw a curve ball when Jack was given a year left to live.
A bright spot of musical talent in the hospitals is non-other than Emily Rico. With her degree in music and passion for working with children and teens, she never fails to bring a little more laughter and happiness to everyone she meets!
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 »