Team Will & Justus
When Justus turned four, he was diagnosed with encephalitis, a dangerous inflammation of the brain that damaged his ability to walk, talk, and eat. His newfound passion for music has helped him pave the way for his new reality. Though he faces a lifetime of tough therapy, Justus impresses everyone around his with his fearless spirit and can-do attitude, consistently emulating what is means to be a CCA Hero.
Team Steph & Veda
Veda is a compassionate, polite, and wise-beyond-her-years kind of gal who was diagnosed with leukemia last January. Her remarkable poise and grace has helped her face some daunting medical challenges in the past year, including over 20 rounds of chemotherapy. Despite her diagnosis and treatment journey, Veda has continually emulated what it means to be a CCA Hero through her incredible strength.
Team Lianne & Marcella
Marcella is a talented young dancer living with cystic fibrosis. Although her disease requires her to take a few extra precautions, she refused to let it get in the way of her life. She plans to one day pursue a career as a scientist due to her fascination with how science affects the human body. Marcella’s strength and positivity truly represent what it means to be a CCA Hero.
Team Kira & Jazzy
Jazzy is a natural born fighter who was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia last year. Now three years old, she battles her cancer with a sunny outlook and the support from her family. Jazzy is a music lover and with the help of the CCA, has started learning how to play the guitar, ukulele, harmonica, drums, and keyboard!
Team Josh & Jacob
Even during his long battle with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, Jacob has always managed to find the fun in his tough situation. He has a passion for dirt biking, running, and of course, cheering on the Trail Blazers. His contagious smile and zest for life emulate what it means to be a CCA Hero.
Team Elle & Holly
Holly’s persistent ear pain led to a diagnosis of a rare form of cancer called rhabdomyosarcoma. Although Holly’s world was suddenly filled with surgeries, radiation, and chemo, she took it all in stride. Holly takes life one day at a time and finds all the good and happiness each day brings!
Team Michelle & Xaviar
Xavier is a nine-year-old living with lupus. Although his disease will require him to take lots of medication for the rest of his life, he takes it all in stride. He regularly conveys that he’s glad it’s him who lives with lupus and not some other child because he knows he can take it head on with the help of his strength and positivity.
Team Pat & Henry
Henry was diagnosed with a brain tumor in 2015 and has since undergone two brain surgeries, two stem cell transplants, three rounds of chemo, multiple transfusions, and many long stays in the hospital-- And he’s only three years old. Despite the many grueling challenges he’s already taken head on at such a young age, his impressive positivity truly represents what it means to be a CCA Hero.
Team Ashley & Jordyn
In 2007, Jordyn was diagnosed with Emery-Dreifuss muscular dystrophy. She has undergone countless painful procedures since, including a spinal fusion surgery. Despite her hardships, she continually lives life to the fullest. She’s a true fighter and remains bubbly, friendly, and strong through it all.
Team Emily & Jayden
Tragically, her mother and twin sister died in the same car accident she was injured in and since then, Jayden has spent the better part of a year in the hospital recovering from her injuries. Despite facing such heartbreaking hardships, she is back on her feet and getting stronger every day.
Team Stacey & Sierra
For Sierra, staying active is one of her favorite ways of coping with an inoperable brain tumor, which she’s been fighting for over three years. She’s always on the go, whether it’s swimming, playing in the park, or dancing in Zumba class. Sierra is consistently putting her nurturing nature to good use to help comfort other kids like her.
Team Lauren & Matt
Matt has lived with cystic fibrosis since he was just four months old. Although his treatments can take over like a full-time job, Matt has still lived his life to the absolute fullest, making an album with his band, public speaking to educate others about his disease, and spending time with friends and family. Matt’s grasp on the important things in life truly represents what it means to be a a CCA Hero.
Team Shawna and Caoimhe
Caoimhe's family recently moved from Dublin to Portland. In Ireland, she was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). A series of painful treatments followed- but even after weekly chemotherapy and 12 blood transfusions, Caoimhe has a personality that shines. She hopes to one day be a pediatrician and is a tried and true CCA Hero.
Team Christine & McKenzie
In 2014, McKenzie came down with what seemed to be a case of the sniffles-- but was actually a rare virus that caused devastating polio-like symptoms. Only 12 days later, she was paralyzed from the neck down. Despite her disease taking Mckenzie’s ability to move, it left her spirits very much intact. She has a zest for life and a passion for living it to the fullest.
Team Danielle & Nick
In 2013, Nick was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). He has endured multiple rounds of chemotherapy, more than ten hospitalizations and intense physical therapy to help him walk again. Through it all, he’s maintained an upbeat, can-do attitude, as seen through his passion for the Blazers, dancing, and practicing martial arts. His positivity and eagerness to give back in any way he can to the CCA makes him a true representation of what it means to be a CCA Hero.
Team Tiffany & Keaton
Also known as “Courageous Keaton”, Keaton was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) at 11 months old and was diagnosed with a secondary cancer at the age of five. Although he’s spent most of his young life in treatment, he is widely known for never complaining and has remained bright even in the darkest of times.