Every family at Jacob’s Heart is part of our family of families.

Peer mentorship is woven throughout our programs, providing families with opportunities to talk freely with others who “just know,” about issues they too have likely faced. Families gather at Jacob’s Heart to support one another, to celebrate milestones and perhaps most importantly, to have fun.

“This disease is relentless. It doesn’t take a holiday. There is no pause button. It meant the world to our kids to have something to look forward to, something that kept some small part of normal in our lives. Something that felt like a true celebration, even if we were shuttling back and forth to the hospital. All year long, but especially right now, the support you provide keeps our family feeling like a family. I don’t even know how to say thank you for that.”  — Dianna’s Mom

Family Support

Every family has unique needs.

The Counseling and Case Management Program provides a complete assessment of family needs and assistance in locating resources to meet those needs. The Family Support team takes special care to work with other community agencies to connect them with additional services, such as in-home medical care and transportation services.


Peer to Peer Support

Connecting parent to parent and teen to teen.

The Peer to Peer support program Jacob’s Heart provides creates a family of families and offers connections to other families dealing with similar challenges of a life-threatening cancer diagnosis or the loss of a child to cancer or other circumstances.  Parents meet to talk, share challenges, triumphs and tears. As one parent put it, “I learned more from talking with other parents than I did from my doctors.” 

Jacob’s Heart is training and supporting a team of parents who have the experience and expertise to act as Parent Guides to other VIPs – Very Important Parents.


Art from the Heart

Families gather to create art, play and support each other.

Art from the Heart is a quarterly celebration where Jacob’s Heart families gather to create love from the heart. Art tables are placed throughout the Teen Room and include multiple thematic art projects. Healthy snacks are served in the kitchen, games are played and  families enjoy each other’s company.



Holiday Hearts
The Adopt-a-Family Program of Jacob’s Heart

During the holiday season Jacob’s Heart pairs community families and businesses with Jacob’s Heart families. Each Jacob’s Heart family member provides a wish list and the adopted family shops and provides gifts for each adopted family member.
Read more about Holiday Hearts Adopt-a-Family program.


Camp Heart + Hands

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. Camp Heart + Hands is staffed by pediatric intensive care nurses and oncologists from Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford. Camp highlights include campfires, support groups, kids’ movie night, climbing wall, skateboard park, family carnival, music, dancing, healthy food, art, swimming, games, magic, pony rides and more.

Read more about Camp Heart + Hands.


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