Compass to Care, The Mike & Sandy Ernsdorff Childhood Cancer Foundation

Rating: 5 stars   17 reviews

Issues: Health, Human Services

Location: 120 West Madison Street Suite 702 Chicago IL 60602 USA

Mission: Compass to Care is dedicated to ensuring that under-served families can access life-saving cancer treatment for their children. We carry out this mission by scheduling and paying for cancer-related travel necessities so families can get their children from their homes to the medical center where they are being treated.

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Rating: 5 stars  

As a mother of a childhood cancer survivor I know first hand the hardships families are faced with in traveling to get care for their child. I am proud to be on the Board of Directors of Compass to Care to help other families like ours who need help with traveling expenses. The families are so thankful for our help as it is one thing they do not have to worry about and can focus on a cure for their child.

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2013

Rating: 5 stars  

During the last 6 months, I was an accounting intern in a Non-profit organization named Compass to Care, The Mike & Sandy Ernsdorff Childhood Cancer Foundation. It is a charitable organization that is dedicated to ensuring under-served families can access life-saving cancer treatment for their children. I helped to summarize current financial data by collecting and documenting information and prepare financial report. The most creative part of the internship was to analyze the operating activities. Based on the donation income and expense, I gave some advises on the charity events and future operation goals. Moreover, I helped to arrange some charity events of the organization. Every time we achieve the donation goal, I feel like helping more and more families. All my efforts would pay off.

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A lot

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2013

Rating: 5 stars  

I write this review on the day I am celebrating my 26th year as a cancer survivor. Through the great work of Compass to Care, I am able to give back - give children the same opportunity I had as a kid with cancer to have a chance at life.

As a child I was lucky to live close enough to a hospital that was capable of treating my rare form of cancer. Most children aren't as lucky, but they deserve the same opportunity and chance to beat the disease as I did. Compass to Care provides that opportunity. They help children and their families with the means to get to the hospital deemed necessary to save their life. I am honored to be part of this amazing organization. I am honored to do my part to support children with their family on the life-saving journey.

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2013

Rating: 5 stars  

We feel so fortunate to have gotten in contact with Michelle Ernsdorff and Compass to Care! Our son, Van was diagnosed last October with Brain Cancer; Van underwent a 13 1/2 hour craniotomy to resect his tumor. Following recovery from surgery Van's treatment plan would consist of 6 weeks Proton Therapy and 14 months Chemotherapy. We were extremely overwhelmed with our son's diagnosis and had no idea how we were ever going to be able to afford the travel costs and care! Chemotherapy was an hour drive each visit and Radiation was 2 hours away. We were able to find Lodging near the Proton Treatment Center that was for patients and would cut our travel time in half, however it still would cost money. Compass to Care enabled us to stay near the treatment center, with their help we were able to primarily focus on the care of our son with that financial burden lifted. We are forever grateful !!

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Life-changing

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Very Well

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2012

Rating: 5 stars  

I am the Principal of Neil Armstrong Elementary School. The students at my school love to participate in charitable giving and activities and I suggested Compass to Care. The students held a car wash last year and again this year to help other children fighting cancer. It was amazing to see how Michelle took the time to personally visit our school, meet the students, explain about the work of Compass to Care, and give the students information and materials to promote the work of the organization. It was one of the few times that I think the students actually understood first-hand how their actions and giving were going to make a difference in someone else's life. The students understand how it cost money for gas, for restaurant food, for parking, etc. and they knew their donations would make a difference. We plan to help Michelle's organization every year!

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2013

Rating: 5 stars  

Michelle and Compass to Care were such a great help to our family with the expense of transportation for my daughter to receive treatment for childhood cancer over 2 hours away. Without their help we would have been burdened with such a financial hardship under already difficult circumstances. Michelle was always in touch with us through out treatment and I cannot express how thankful and grateful I am for the help of Compass to Care.

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How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

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Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

Rating: 5 stars  

This charity aims to help children with cancer, via enabling them to attain treatment. Compass to Care provides financial assistance, transportation, etc. to the families, so that their children can get the specific type of treatment they need. These children live very far away from the specialists who can treat their specific type of cancer. This makes Compass to Care so very much important for these children, and their families.

Working alongside the staff, I can confirm that they are very optimistic, perhaps because they know that positivity is what drives an organization, such as this, forward. We are goal-oriented, and we are always looking for more ways to help more children and their families and recruit more people willing to carry out our mission with us.

It is an honor to work for Compass to Care, for their mission is noble; I have read the gratitude of those who directly benefited from the actions of Compass to Care, and it only aims to multiply this sentiment as more children are treated as the days pass by.

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Life-changing

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Very Well

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

Compass to Care is a life-changing organization for children with cancer and their families. I have been associated with Compass to Care for over a year and during that time, I have been continually impressed with the assistance, love, and support that Compass to Care provides for their families. And they truly are THEIR families. Michelle Ernsdorff, the CEO, personally gets to know each of the fifty or more families they have already helped or are currently helping. Michelle is providing the leadership to make this a successful charity for years to come. Michelle not only brings solid business acumen to the organization, but she brings a love and passion that is second to none for Compass to Care and her cause. In addition to Michelle, the Board of Directors and other volunteers of Compass to Care are extremely passionate and helpful to making Compass to Care the best it can be. Compass to Care is doing great things and I expect to see Compass to Care as a leader in childhood cancer organizations for many many years.

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Life-changing

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

Rating: 5 stars  

I initially found Compass to Care through Idealist.org, and later met with Michelle Ernsdorff, CEO of Compass to Care. Upon meeting Michelle, I was immediately impressed with her strategic vision and contagious passion. What this nonprofit has accomplished in 2 1/2 years is, by all standards, outstanding. I greatly admire C2C and Michelle's tireless work to help alleviate families afflicted by childhood cancer of the psychological, emotional & financial burdens that can come with traveling to access life-saving treatment for their child. I am confident C2C's future rapid growth as it expands to meet the great need for its services.

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For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

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Very Well

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

Rating: 5 stars  

I got to know about the cause of an organization earlier this year, and when I pictured what the compass to care was doing I realized the importance and helpfulness of it. By volunteering as an accountant I got to take a detailed look of efforts the organization has taken to support families in the need of financial support. These numbers have increased over the last year and I hope it is only going to continue in this trend due to increasing donations that is going to flow in to support families in the need of financial assistance. No matter how much the organization will grow, there always will be a demand for the assistance and there is always going to be a need for donations, therefore it is always going to be important to be donating for compass to care because this is the main way to support families in the need of help. I would like to say couple of words about the founder and CEO, Michelle Ernsdroff, who has put a tremendous effort and set aside her personal life in order to truly dedicate all her time to compass to care. I am sure that her passion and drive will continue to bring success for the organization and therefore give a little relief to the families who have kids with a cancer. Thanks

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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