Julie is a dedicated part of the Chemo Pal Program at the Children's Cancer Association (CCA).
As a Pediatric Chemo Pal Mentor, Julie assists children and teens to break through the isolation, chaos and loneliness of chemotherapy and other cancer treatments. This volunteer program's purpose is to provide a supportive relationship ensuring that each child maintains self-esteem and confidence throughout the emotionally isolating and physically difficult cancer treatment. She also provides support and guidance through dependable visits in the midst of the battle against cancer. She visits hospitals, clinics, and homes to play games, take walks, read, do art projects and share hobbies.
Julie has been matched with two different Chemo Pals over the last five years, most recently with nine-year-old Alexandria. Alexandria recently moved across the country, and yet they maintain frequent contact. Their relationship included trips to the park, the movies, the circus, each other’s house, a visit to Alexandria's school. They spend time completing puzzles, playing games and doing crafts in the hospital.
In addition to CCA, Julie has volunteered for other mentoring programs, for her church, at a home for troubled teens and with fundraising.