Katrina Thompson has volunteered for AmeriCorps for two years and is working towards her master's degree in Art Therapy. She is dedicated part of the Chemo Pal Mentor Program at the Children's Cancer Association (CCA).
As a Pediatric Chemo Pal Mentor, Katrina helps children and teens 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 participates in visits at the hospitals, clinic, and in the home in order to play games, take walks, read, do art projects or share hobbies with the child or teen that she has been placed with.
Katrina has been matched with three year-old Kaeli for the past year. They have many favorite activities, which include playing with animal toys, riding the hospital tricycles around in circles, and different types of imaginative play. Katrina's visits allow Kaeli's mom to take a break from the hospital stays and treatments.