Tabitha Helms is extremely committed to impacting the lives of children affected by cancer. She has been a Chemo Pal for two different children, and has maintained relationships with both. She is a dedicated part of the Chemo Pal Program at the Children's Cancer Association (CCA).
The Pediatric Chemo Pal Mentor program for children and teens breaks through the isolation, chaos and loneliness of chemotherapy and other cancer treatment by providing trusted dependable and carefully matched mentors. This volunteer program's purpose is to provide a supportive relationship, ensuring that each child maintains their self-esteem and confidence throughout the physically difficult cancer treatment.
The Chemo Pal volunteer provides support and guidance through dependable visits in the midst of the battle against cancer. These mentors visit hospitals, clinics and homes to play games, take walks, read, do art projects or share hobbies.
Tabitha started the Chemo Pal program about a year and a half ago, and was matched with Coleen for the final four months of Coleen’s life. Tabitha sat by her side and tried to ease the pain and anger that she was feeling. After Coleen's death, Tabitha decided that she wanted continue to give back so she became a Chemo Pal to another child.
Tabitha was matched with 10-year old Andrew for the past year. She tries to bond with the children and tries to alleviate the stress and fear that accompanies having cancer.
Tabitha has also spent numerous hours as a candy striper, volunteering for the Cascade Aids Project, and holding other mentoring positions, as well as helping the Children's Cancer Association with fundraising since 2006.