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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 [...]

Teen Cancer Survivor’s Challenge Earns $50,000 for Jacob’s Heart

The story of how Andrew Perez used his 4-H skills to raise $5,000 for Jacob's Heart Children's Cancer Support Services - the organization that gave him strength during his cancer fight - has created a groundswell of support, with the community raising another $50,000 in less than five weeks as part of Andrew's campaign. The teen was so moved by the response to his fundraising challenge that he plans to raise another $5,000 this year to jump-start a second donation drive. [...]

Woman of the Year 2019

The Pajaro Valley Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture has announced the recipients of its 2019 Annual Awards. These special locals have helped make Santa Cruz County a better place to live, love, work and play. Woman of the Year: Lori Butterworth Lori started Jacob’s Heart in 1998 at her kitchen table when her friends’ son Jacob was diagnosed with leukemia and has since built the organization from the ground up. Under her leadership, Jacob’s [...]

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