Inspiring HOPE and
healing by keeping families together, when it matters the most.
Along Comes Hope® has helped hundreds of children and families
through financial assistance with travel for treatment, creative emotional support programs, advocacy work
for policy changes, awareness and education. These programs and services would not be possible without the
generous support of our donors:
Travel & Accommodations
Often families are separated during cancer treatments, because the
best medical care may not be available close to home. They don’t always have the financial means
to receive treatment at the hospital that will provide the best opportunity for survival for
their child. That’s where Along Comes Hope® steps in to help. It’s our goal to help all families
remain by their children’s sides during treatment. From airfare and lodging to gas and grocery
gift cards, we do all we can to support families and make them as comfortable as possible when
having to travel for medical treatments.
We are grateful to our generous donors who currently provide
families with various programs that support children facing cancer, their parents and the siblings to help
sustain their spirits during this long journey. With continued funding, we hope to expand these programs and
add more services in the future to best support families. Here are a few of the programs we’ve created based
upon family needs we have identified:
Circle of Hope
Circle of Hope is a virtual support group inspiring courage, strength, humor and hope while guiding patients, caregivers and families touched by cancer to thrive beyond a diagnosis. Your life is more than this diagnosis. Every member is supported to move through your journey with grace, love, trust, openness and hope. You can be as vulnerable and interactive or anonymous and observant as you’d like. Your level of privacy and interaction us up to you but regardless, you’ll gain comfort, strength, resilience and empowerment of knowing you are supported & applying the new “Super Powers” you learn!
Kids facing cancer receive their own Hope The Bear. Hope The Bear represents our childhood cancer
community as a symbol of bravery, inspiration and hope. Each bear has a recorder to create a custom
message within the paw. This message can capture a parent’s soothing voice, helping calm a child and
Every purchase helps to print more copies
and raises funds so we can gift them to kids with cancer. This is 80 pages of art, poetry,
creation and imagination from 27 different artists sharing their expression of hope. Once
you’ve created all 80 pages, it is like a keepsake journal filled with your heart-work!
This special program helps
children access their innate strength and hope to manage stress and trauma during
hospital stays and painful cancer treatments. Each child receives a custom-made Hope the
Bear, with a recordable and personalized message from parents or friends to provide
comfort during this trying time. Mission Courage also provides children with
interactive art therapy sessions that allows them to express their emotions and find
what hope looks like in their minds. Through the session, they will paint a picture of
hope, so they can take it with them and hang on their hospital wall as a constant
We provide private art
therapy sessions for children facing cancer, their parents and siblings. They
participate in a series of Art Therapy sessions with a licensed artist and licensed
Marriage and Family Therapy clinician working in the field of psychology and
clinical treatment. Directive treatment through art is a system of guidance and therapy
which helps to alleviate symptoms. The goal is to help you connect your right brain
(creative/non-analytical), heart (intuitive knowing) and creativity, to help you find
balance and relief.
Cancer Parent Spa Day
The stress as a parent of a
child undergoing cancer treatment can be overwhelming. Thanks to our generous donors and
sponsors, Along Comes Hope® puts together a spa day for parents of children battling
In collaboration with the
San Luis Obispo Jazz Fest, the Music Heals program teaches children undergoing cancer
treatments and their siblings the power of music in reducing stress, pain and anxiety.
We realize that the
family’s focus needs to be on their child beating cancer. This can often leave siblings
to feeling left out or unable to attend activities they normally would because of cost
or time restrictions. We sponsor siblings to attend a variety of camps.
Advocacy & Awareness
Our advocacy work focuses on advancing research and policies to
improve the diagnosis, treatment, care and survivorship of children and adolescents with cancer,
as well as enhancing public awareness and community involvement. As an active planning committee
member and sponsor of CureFest D.C. in Washington, DC, a national and annual event, Along Comes
Hope® is committed to raising awareness and funds to improve the survivorship of childhood
cancer. We also collaborate with college student groups in bringing awareness to the young adult
community. We are currently leading a state initiative for a Childhood Cancer Awareness License
Plate approved for California.
Help families & children get the care they need
while they fight cancer In their lives.