Kaiser Permanente recently awarded a major grant to Jacob's Heart. —contributed photo

WATSONVILLE—Kaiser Permanente has awarded a $100,000 grant to Watsonville-based organization Jacob’s Heart Children’s Cancer Support Services.

The grant aims to provide bilingual and bicultural grief support to families in Monterey County who are coping with the loss of a child or struggling with a child who is seriously ill. This includes physical, emotional, and mental health support.

“We are proud to support the ongoing work of Jacob’s Heart, which provides families in Monterey County with the compassionate care they need as they navigate through difficult situations,”  said Irene Chavez, senior vice president and manager of Kaiser Permanente in Santa Cruz County. “We believe the family-centered approach to care Jacob’s Heart provides to families will give them the resources, tools and support they need during what can be an extremely challenging time.”

Jacob’s Heart is a nonprofit organization that provides emotional, practical and financial support for families of children and teens during treatment. They service Santa Cruz, Monterey, San Benito, and South Santa Clara counties.

Kaiser presented the grant to Jacob’s Heart on June 7 at the organization’s headquarters in Watsonville.

“We’re grateful to be working with Kaiser Permanente to provide more emotional support to children and their families,” said Heidi Boynton, executive director of Jacob’s Heart Cancer Support Services.  “At Jacob’s Heart, we envision a community where every child with cancer or in remission from cancer has a strong, supported, and informed family empowered to fully participate in their care.”

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