Champion Children Program
The Champion Child Program is made up of 12 children with rare and/or undiagnosed conditions.
The program begins with each child becoming a spotlighted CC4C Champion Child for two years. Once accepted, the Champion Child is matched with a Champion High School Team, participates in our year round CC4C events and is eligible for financial assistance for medical expenses insurances deny through our Financial Assistance Program. New support added to the Champion Child Program is the Mental Health and Peer Support Program. The Mental Health and Peer Support Program is currently in the early stages and has successfully proven to be an area of need.
The interactions with the Champion High School Teams provide the children with inspiring events to look forward to and the ability to attend and participate in team gatherings that would otherwise be impossible.
These experiences help distract the children from the countless medical visits and procedures they endure.
At the conclusion of the two year Champion Child Program, there is unmistakable growth in each child’s confidence, engagement in the community and hope for recovery. These children then graduate and move on to our sustaining child program, before becoming alumni at age 19.
Sustaining & Alumni Children
The Sustaining Child Program is made up of the children who have completed the Champion Child Program. Once a child completes his/her two year Champion Child commitment, s/he transitions to CC4C’s sustaining program.
The children involved in the Sustaining Program participate in this program until they reach their 19th birthday.
The number of children in the Sustaining Child Program continues to grow annually and has now more than tripled the number of children in the Champion Child Program.
The Sustaining Children continue to participate in CC4C events, the Mental Health and Peer Support Program and the Financial Assistance Program.
Our Alumni are comprised of kids that have reached age 19 and completed the program. It also includes Champion children that have found a diagnosis that is not defined as a rare condition. Our Alumni, despite the reason they are Alumni, have experienced what CC4C has to offer and they are some of our most passionate advocates. We will continue to spread awareness and ease the burden for families with children with rare and/or undiagnosed conditions with our Alumni’s continued support.