When seriously ill children and their families need more than medicine, CCA innovative programs create joy one moment at a time.
CCA's award-winning Chemo-Pal® Mentor program gives kids a caring, trusted, adult friend to look forward to during treatments, and someone in their corner when they need it most.
Our mentors play games, listen to music, share hobbies, or simply offer the comfort of companionship, relieving the anxiety, loneliness and isolation experienced by children in treatment. A Chemo Pal mentor can also give parents a much-needed break to grab a cup of coffee, talk with doctors, or spend time with their other children.
Each year, CCA delivers the joy of friendship to approximately 240 Pacific Northwest children and teens. CCA Chemo Pal mentors are carefully screened, trained, and thoughtfully matched with families, including those with bilingual needs. Chemo Pal mentors and kids spend about 4 hours per month together, both in hospital and out in the community enjoying activities like sporting events, concerts, and craft and gaming nights. The average match lasts 12 months, or for the duration of a child's treatment. CCA provides ongoing support and education for our front-line volunteers.
Key program benefits: Mentorship, friendship, relief from loneliness and isolation; break for parents.
4 People | 5 Impacts | 10 Hours