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Jacob’s Heart Children’s Cancer Support Services

Organization Mission

Jacob’s Heart exists to improve the quality of life for children with cancer by supporting their families in the challenges they face. We provide emotional, practical, financial and peer support to hundreds of local children with cancer and thousands of their family members.

We envision a community where every child with cancer has a strong, supported and informed family empowered to fully participate in their care.

The Big Idea 2022:
Support for Fragile Families

Caring for a medically fragile child is always rife with fear and uncertainty. Financial stress compounds when your child is seriously ill. Siblings are confused and scared.

As new variants prolong the pandemic, children with cancer and other life-threatening illnesses and their families experience increased risk. A simple trip to the grocery store increases risk for caregivers of an immunocompromised child, while siblings who can’t go to school in order to protect the family are missing a place of refuge and community.

With support from Santa Cruz Gives, Jacob’s Heart will increase crisis counseling by hiring a team of bicultural psychotherapists and specialists with expertise in healing complex grief and trauma to provide care to families during treatment, families experiencing anticipatory grief, and those who are bereaved.

When neuro-oncologists tell you to create memories with your dying child, it makes all the difference in the world if you have the heartfelt friendship, experience, and financial, emotional and psychological support of a unique organization such as Jacob’s Heart. In our dreams they wouldn’t exist, in our shattered reality they are vital to the survival of kids, siblings, parents, grandparents, relatives and friends doing their best to endure the unfathomable.


Sara Moore, mother of Charlie Moore


We Did It!

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And please come back in November, 2022!