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Jacob’s Heart Children Cancer Support Services


Organization Mission

To improve the quality of life for children with cancer and their families. Since 1998, we have been at the side of more than 600 local children with cancer and more than 3,000 family members as they have navigated the journey from diagnosis, through an uncertain future, and beyond.

Our vision is to create a community where every child with a serious or life-threatening condition has a supported and informed family empowered to fully participate in their care. The no-cost services are funded entirely through community donations. Jacob’s Heart receives no government support or reimbursement for services.

The Big Idea:
Camp Heart + Hands

Having cancer is isolating and scary, especially if you’re a child. Camp Heart + Hands is a life-changing weekend camp where families of children with cancer can forget about their disease and create bonds with other families enduring pediatric cancer. The camp is staffed by pediatric ICU nurses and oncologists from Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford and includes campfires, support groups, movie night, a climbing wall, a skateboard park, a carnival, music, dancing, healthy food, art, swimming, games, magic, and pony rides.

Jacob’s Heart needs to raise funds so that the camp is free of charge.

By providing emotional, practical, financial and peer support to children and their families, Jacob’s Heart aims to create a support network and serve the unique needs of each child and family battling cancer.

You make an incredibly difficult time a whole lot easier for our family. There are no words to express our gratitude.

— Leah, Reba’s mom, Watsonville