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Nov 7 - Dec 31, 2019

Jacob's Heart Children's Cancer Support Services

Mission

Jacob’s Heart exists to improve the quality of life for children with cancer and other life-threatening illnesses by supporting their families in the challenges they face. Since 1998, Jacob’s Heart has provided emotional, practical, financial and peer support to hundreds of local children with cancer and thousands of their family members. We envision a community where every child with a serious or life-threatening condition has a strong, supported and informed family empowered to fully participate in their care. We strive to inspire compassionate action within local communities, to create a safety net of support for the unique needs of each child and family.

The Big Idea

The loss of a child is a unique and horrific sorrow. Parents lack the time, resources and energy to attend to the process of grieving while juggling the logistics of daily life and supporting the needs of grieving family members, especially heartbroken siblings. Jacob’s Heart Children’s Cancer Support Services has a new initiative, The Forever Loved Grief Retreat, which is a place where bereaved families can come together, communicate their needs, identify and express feelings and gain practical coping skills with the support of peer mentors, trained volunteers and emotional support therapy dogs. Activities including bilingual, thematic support groups, ropes courses, nature walks, yoga, music and drum circles, and expressive arts therapies, culminating in the You Are Forever Loved Ceremony.

We lost our son Alex in July of last year and attended our first Forever Loved just before the holidays that same year. Facing the holidays after this type of loss is unbelievably hard. We felt alone, isolated in our grief and trying to hold it together for Alex’s younger brothers. Jacob’s Heart’s Forever Loved gave us time together as family, time specifically focused on healing and connecting. We cried, but we also laughed. We formed new connections, and came away with new traditions. We will be attending again this year, and we are looking forward to the luxury of dedicating this time together to heal as a family.

- Paul McCrone

We’re In This Together.

Nonprofits are more important that ever in this trying time. Monterey County Gives! was created to support the local nonprofit community's Big Ideas (and programs). And thanks to your participation and generosity, Monterey County Gives! raised over $5.3 million for 163 local nonprofits in 2019.

MCGives! has now raised and contributed over $27 million dollars since its inception ten years ago. That’s astounding. And wonderful.

Look for the 2020 Monterey County Gives! RFP (for applying nonprofits) in the Monterey County Weekly this June/July. Monterey County Gives! 2020 campaign kicks off in early November.

Thank you to all our Partners, Sponsors, nonprofit Board Directors, staff and volunteers — and each of our 4,902 donors. We did it, together.