The mission of CCChampions is to empower children who have cancer through teamwork and unique friendships with professional athletes.
According to the American Cancer Society, over 353,000 children in the United States have cancer. Along with his or her family and doctors, the child must face intense chemotherapy treatments, psychotherapy, and feelings of exclusion from a normal childhood life. An approach involving teamwork is key for children to achieve an ever-important sense of hope in the battle against cancer (Forsyth, 1992).
CCChampions is a network that unites the similar battles of athletes fighting for championships and children fighting cancer to inspire this hope. By facilitating the friendship between children battling cancer and professional athletes, CCChampions helps the athlete become an invaluable teammate of the child in his or her battle against cancer.
This CCC Friendship–along with the countless year-round community events–makes CCChampions unique and extremely valuable. It is one of the only organizations that brings all of the major contributors promoting a healthy childhood to the same table. Each member has a common stake in creating a long-term foundation for hope that is so important in these children’s social health. Athletes are perfect examples of never-stop-believing motivating individuals. We want every child to have the opportunity to have a friendship with a kind-hearted professional athlete like that.
The CCChampions network strives to maximize the long-term, positive influence of the role model on each and every child. The organization unites not just an individual athlete with an individual child, but more importantly, it brings together an entire team of athletes, doctors, and the local community with boys & girls fighting cancer everywhere. This structured network inspires more than a single child; it inspires a community.