Wendy Thompson has a special connection to the Chemo Pal Program at the Children’s Cancer Association (CCA). She helped CCA write the first grant for the Chemo Pal Program over ten years ago.
The Pediatric Chemo Pal Mentor Program for children and teens breaks through the isolation, chaos and loneliness of chemotherapy and other cancer treatments by providing trusted, dependable and carefully matched mentors. The 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. The Chemo Pal volunteer provides support and guidance through dependable visits in the midst of the lonely battle against cancer. These mentors visit hospitals, clinics and homes to play games, take walks, read, do art projects or share hobbies.
Wendy lost her own daughter, Molly, to cancer. She began the Molly Thompson Memorial Fund, which for many years raised money for CCA through various fundraisers. Once Wendy felt strong and safe enough to get involved, she became a Chemo pal. Wendy was matched with five-year-old Jordan for the past year and a half.
Jordan loves animals, so every activity that they do relates to animals in some way. Wendy has learned more about bugs, snakes, and dinosaurs since being around Jordan. They also like to play practical jokes on the nurses and Jordan's parents.