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Causes: Health, Patient & Family Support, Transportation Assistance

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.

Results: Compass to Care alleviates the financial burden of childhood cancer-related travel costs so that families can focus on what’s most important: the health of their child. 2010 through 2012 served as the foundational years for Compass to Care. Over the past two years, we have strengthened our organization by: • Establishing strategic partnerships • Diversifying our revenue stream • Improving our cash flow • Enhancing our processes and procedures • Creating an internship program • Aligning a team committed to our future As a result, we are facing tremendous growth. In 2010, our inaugural year, we supported 5 children on 27 journeys. WE WERE ECSTATIC!! In 2011, we grew to support 17 children on 114 trips. This year, we have already supported 40 children on 318 trips to the hospital for treatment. And we keep growing!

Target demographics: Children under the age of 18 who have been diagnosed with cancer, are currently in an active treatment regimen, must travel at least 60 miles to get to the medical center for care and whose families demonstrate a financial need for assistance.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 50

Programs: We have one program, to be a cancer travel navigator for children who have cancer and their families so they can get to the hospital for treatment that can save their lives.

Community Stories

20 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Jen_56

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Compass To Care has become very near my heart in the affect it has made on families struggling to keep their child alive through an awful time. I love involving my daughter in the reason we help this organization as she has had a classmate fight through leukemia and is winning that fight.

Donor

Rating: 5

Compass to Care is one of my most favorite places to contribute my giving dollars. First of all, they are a lean, well run organization. So I know that a huge percentage of my money is going straight to the kids and families who need it. I also LOVE the fact that I can give money throughout the year if fairly small chunks and know the exact difference I can make. If I give a hundred dollars, I know exactly how many tanks of gas that's going to buy. It feels good to know that whatever I give starts making a difference in that very moment.

AgathaK

Board Member

Rating: 5

I became involved with Compass to Care almost two years ago and have been on its Associate Board ever since. Since the first time I attended a Compass to Care event, I've been so moved by the passionate work this organization carries out.

I'm most impressed by the organization's focused mission to help kids with cancer travel for treatment. It's such a practical and necessary need, and this organization's funding fills an important gap in support for cancer patients and their families.

Furthermore, I've had the chance to work closely with founder Michelle Ernsdorff, and I don't think I've met a more dedicated and passionate person in my life. She's so committed to this organization and speaks so genuinely about the families Compass to Care works with. I truly admire her unwavering focus on telling these children's stories and raising awareness for the need to help families traveling for treatment.

I consider myself lucky to have the opportunity to work with such an outstanding nonprofit organization!

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

Daiyun Z.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Paul111

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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 !!

Lisa304

Donor

Rating: 5

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!

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Review from Guidestar