Mission: “Our mission is to improve people’s lives by connecting them to opportunities, information and services that respond to their individual and family needs.”
A fun and supportive program for children (ages 5-13) that have a sibling with a disability or chronic illness. Available to residents of Wahkiakum, Cowlitz, Skamania, and Klickitat counties.
201 NE 73rd St., Suite 101, Vancouver, WA 98665
Year Established: 1957
Mission: “CancerCare® is the leading national organization dedicated to providing free support services including counseling, support groups, educational workshops, publications and financial assistance to anyone affected by cancer. All CancerCare services are provided by professional oncology social workers.”
Provides individual counseling, education, and information to individuals with cancer. Services are provided at no cost and available to residents in the Portland metro area.
439 N Broadway Portland, OR 97227
Year Established: 1944
Mission: “The camp programing and activities are carefully planned. Each activity is designed to encourage family bonding, to include children of all ages along with their parents. Consideration is given to cancer kid’s low immunity, allergies, and safety for all ages. The goal is to create safe, positive & happy family memories.”
-Free 5 day camp at the beginning of August that includes arts, crafts, campfires, swimming, food, and fun activities for families affected by cancer.
Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church
3131 NE Glisan St. Portland, OR 97232
T: (503) 234-0468
Year Established: 1997
Mission: “Candlelighters provides frontline assistance to families of cancer patients, ages 0-21, as they battle the emotional stresses of their experiences. The connections made with other members who have been through it all and know how to help is tremendously supportive. Meetings, personal assistance and activities for families provide the outlets needed to share the fear and frustrations caused by childhood cancer.”
- Bi-Monthly newsletter and access to our website
- College scholarships to cancer survivors
- Emergency financial support
- Food pantry and Snack Cart at Doernbecher Children’s Hospital
- Monthly activities for the whole family
- Quarterly support group meetings for families and children facilitated by trained professionals
- Outreach to newly diagnosed families
- Pediatric Cancer Resources
- Summer family camp
- Tickets to area sporting/entertainment events
- Toys for children at Randall and Doernbecher Children’s Hospitals
- Bereavement support services
- Monthly catered meals for in-patients and their families at Emanuel and Doernbecher Children’s Hospitals
Year Established: 1977
Mission: “The American Cancer Society is the nationwide, community-based, voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives, and diminishing suffering from cancer, through research, education, advocacy, and service.”
Resources Provided: Various programming for children with a cancer diagoses and supportive programming for families as well.
Year Established: 1913
Mission: Sparrow Clubs USA is primarily a Pacific Northwest charity, serving in the states of Oregon and Washington. During the recent recession, we have had to pull back from operating outside the Pacific Northwest due to the lack of resources. The recent airing of ABC’s Extreme Makeover Home Edition featuring the McPhail family and Sparrow Clubs has sparked a large interest in Sparrow Clubs across the nation. While we would love to be able to launch Sparrow projects in every state, it is just not possible at this time. Our Board of Directors is willing to review inquiries outside of Oregon and Washington on a case by case basis.
-children with medical needs are sponsored by the community
Sparrow Clubs USA
906 NE Greenwood Ave Suite 2
Bend, OR 97701
Year Established: 1995
“CHAP brings the healing power of art to children in crisis through a mobile team of teaching artists working in a partnership with hospitals, community organizations and schools.
At CHAP, children are known for their creativity and ingenuity—not by their disease, diagnosis or disability.
CHAP’s innovative healing arts programs reach critically ill, chronically ill and disabled children (and their loved ones) with programs that strengthen encourage and inspire.”
-Art programming for children both outside and within hospital settings.
1910 SE 11th
Portland, OR 97214
Year Established: 2006
Mission: “We grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy”.
-wishes granted for children with life-threatening medical conditions.
2000 SW 1st Avenue, Suite 410 Portland, OR 97201
T: (503) 292-2280
Year Established: 1980
Mission: “When seriously ill children, teens, and their families need more than medicine, CCA’s innovative programs create joy one moment at a time.”
-Activites that bring joy to seriously ill children including: music programming, bilingual services, mentor programs, resources, and various child-friendly public events.
T: (503) 244-3141
Children’s Cancer Association
1200 NW Naito Parkway, Suite 140
Portland, Oregon 97209
Year Established: 1996
The mission of Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) is to create, find and support programs that directly improve the health and wellbeing of children. Guiding us in our mission are our core values:
•Focusing on the critical needs of children.
•Celebrating the diversity of the programs we offer and the staff, volunteers and donors who make them possible.
•Staying true to our heritage of responsible stewardship.
•Operating with accountability and transparency.
-families can stay at Ronald McDonald house at low to no cost while children are in the hospital.
-playrooms for children
-Special suites for children with suppressed immune systems
-Accredited education programs
-Non-clinical support services
-Sibling support services
Ronald McDonald Family Rooms Provide:
•A kitchen area that includes a stove or microwave
•A seating area with a television
•A quiet room
2115 SW River Parkway
Portland, OR 97201
Year Established: 1976