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Jacob’s Heart meets families’ needs in wake of COVID-19

A local nonprofit is working to meet the needs of some of the county’s most vulnerable residents during the COVID-19, coronavirus, outbreak. During the COVID-19 crisis, Jacob’s Heart Children’s Cancer Support Services is prioritizing delivering groceries, helping families pay rent and utilities, providing transportation for medical appointments, offering grief counseling and supplying essential items such as diapers, wipes and cleaning products. Jacob’s Heart aims to improve the quality of life for children and teenagers [...]

JHCCSS: They Help Teens and Tweens Too!

It has come full circle for Mariela Medina. As a teenager battling cancer, she came to Jacob’s Heart Children’s Cancer Support Services for support. Now, cancerfree and a Jacob’s Heart staff member, Mariela is a lifeline for teens going through challenges she vividly remembers. “When I started working for Jacob’s Heart, I did not think I could offer much support, but in the five years I have been here, I have realized that all [...]

Summer Fun for Packard Children’s Patients

Nestled in the redwoods of California’s Santa Cruz Mountains, Camp Heart + Hands may seem like any other typical summer camp—full of games, campfires and dozens of fun activities. But kids who attend this camp all share one thing in common: They each have a history of cancer or are currently undergoing cancer treatment. Camp Heart + Hands is a free program offered by Jacob’s Heart, a nonprofit organization providing childhood cancer support services, in partnership [...]

Super Fun Run: Run at the Row

Santana Row was overflowing with superheroes on Aug. 18, during the third annualKidrageous Super Fun Run. The event is put on annually by Jacob’s Heart Children’s Cancer Support Services as a way for young cancer patients, their families, and their support systems to have a little fun. “Children with cancer are children. They’re not cancer patients first and foremost, they’re children,” said Lori Butterworth, founder of Jacob’s Heart Children’s Cancer Support Services. “This event is [...]

Bereaved Families Share Grief

Three years ago, Enrique Carrillo Jr. and Julie Hart said goodbye to their first and only daughter at the time. Emily was six years old when she lost her battle to cancer. Julie says Emily's diagnosis came out of nowhere, with Emily passing away a year within her diagnosis. Sara and Kelly Moore described their son as someone who was full of life and made friends everywhere he went. It was that reason that [...]

A Bright Light in the Carmel Community

It is rare that a young child finds a strong sense of purpose. But Kiara Hinze, of Carmel, seems to have an inherent passion for philanthropy, not to mention strong leadership characteristics. Hinze who currently attends Carmel Middle School, has an innate ability to champion causes she believes in and rally a strong community of support. "In the fifth grade, at Carmel River Elementary School," her mother Brenda recounts, "Kiara and her class presented [...]

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