2019 Application GIVE through
December 31

Jacob’s Heart Children’s Cancer Support Services

Organization Mission

Every day, the team at Jacob’s Heart works tirelessly to improve the quality of life for children with cancer and support their families in the challenges they face with no-cost services funded entirely through community donations. Since 1998, we have been at the side of hundreds of local children with cancer and thousands of their family members as they navigated the journey from diagnosis through an uncertain future.

Our vision is to create a community where every child with a serious or life-threatening condition has a strong, supported and informed family empowered to participate in their care.

The Big Idea:
Heart on Wheels Transportation Program

When your child has cancer or another serious illness, traveling back and forth to treatment is emotionally exhausting and expensive. The Heart on Wheels program provides door-to-door rides for children undergoing intensive treatment in partnership with Central California Alliance for Health. Heart-on-Wheels also provides prepaid gas cards and bicultural transportation coordination.

Most importantly, the program provides extra layers of comfort, support and shared experience on the journey. Jacob’s Heart drivers include volunteer firefighters, emergency medical technicians and family counselors, trained to address the practical and emotional challenges families face during long trips from home to Palo Alto and San Francisco.

Through Santa Cruz Gives, Jacob’s Heart seeks to rally support from the community to provide 100 additional families with gas cards, door-to-door rides and support. Together, our community can alleviate an enormous source of stress during the unimaginable journey of serious illness and the potential death of a child.

We connected with Jacob’s Heart early into Emma’s treatment, and their  continued support and love for our family has helped to sustain us. Most  importantly, we feel like we’re not alone in this fight. Jacob’s Heart came through for our family.

Katrina J., Emma’s mom, Santa Cruz