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May 2, 2011

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May 2, 2011

As the Child Life Specialist for inpatient pediatric oncology, I have been able to see, first hand, the impact Circle of Care has on children and families. At the time of diagnosis, families receive a "Bag of Love" which includes fun items for kids, care items, snacks, and vital educational materials for caregivers. This bag serves as a "welcome" to the hospital as well as an introduction to the Circle of Care program which is a resource families typically rely on throughout their treatment process.

Circle of Care provides volunteers that come into the hospital several times a week. These volunteers are invaluable in that they are willing to help in any way they can! Volunteers are able to play with children while families are talking with medical staff, able to "pick up" lunch or snack items, provide play activities at bedside or in the playroom, or, to lend a listening ear.

The Connexions program by Circle of Care is a lifeline to helping families comminucate! This programs provides laptop computers that patients and families can use to update blogs, communicate via email with friends and family, research a diagnosis/procedure, play games, or, watch movies! These laptops are usually the first things families ask for upon admission!

Another special program that makes Circle of Care unique is Art from the Heart. This amazing program partners creative teams with patients to create room make-overs! Patients are chosen by a lottery system several times a year and, if chosen, patients are able participate in creating a new special space, just for them! This program makes all the difference for children undergoing treatment as many children are spending more time at home after a diagnosis. It also gives the children something to look forward during their difficult journey of illness.

I can't say enough about Circle of Care and all they have done for our families. Every time we email or speak on the phone, they are always willing to help proivde support- whether financial or emotional. This is a relationship that I hope will continue for many years!

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How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Quite well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

What is unique about this organization?

This organization was started by families who understand oncology and the treatment process. They have expericned this difficult process in their own lives and have built support systems based on the needs that were not met in their own treatment procress. This organization has unique programs to offer and maintain strong relationships ongoing.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

April 29, 2011

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April 29, 2011

I am a pediatric oncology socialworker and have worked closely with the Circle of Care on behalf of my patients and their families. The Circle of Care is a wonderful organization to work with, their response time is quick and without delay. The feed back I have received from my families has been very positive. The caring nature of the people involved with the Circle of Care speaks for itself. One of our teenage patients could not afford to attend her prom, Dawn from the Circle of Care ,went above and beyond, and made this patients dream become a reality . This organization far exceeds expectations.

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Professional experiences through patient referrals

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I would not recommend any changes to this wonderful organization.

April 28, 2011

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April 28, 2011

For years Circle of Care has been an inspirational, dedicated, and passionate organization that truly makes an impact. The Circle of Care volunteers bring joy and comfort to kids and families during extremely chaotic times. Child by child, they transform the world of kids being treated for cancer and their families. I am forever grateful for all of their support.

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I am a Child Life Specialist and I have been truly inspired by this organization and cannot imagine a more wonderful group. The children who come to clinic light up when they see the circle of care volunteers. Whenever we have a need, Circle of Care is always willing to find a way to help.

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Not make any. They are the best!

April 28, 2011

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April 28, 2011

I cannot say enough wonderful things about Circle of Care. Their programs offer comfort, support and resource assistance to families who are facing one of life's biggest challenges. In big and small ways, they let families at our center know that someone understands what they are going through. The relief a family feels when I share that Circle of Care can help with a light or rent bill is beyond words. They are always responsive to a special request and available to go the extra mile.

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the families I work with at Connecticut Children's Medical Center.

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No changes needed! Outstanding as you are....

April 28, 2011

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April 28, 2011

Circle of Care always goes above and beyond in helping families in so many ways. All I need to do is call them and share a story and they have always been available to help our oncology families. For example, during the holidays they purchased entire meals (from turkeys to stuffing, to deserts) for families who could not afford a meal or who did not have the time to cook due to their child being hospitalized. I have known Dawn and Liz for many years. They are caring, compassionate, and dedicated women who understand what our families experience on a day to day basis. I applaud them and Circle of Care for their support of children with cancer at Yale.

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seeing families feel some sense of relief in knowing that their rent/mortgage has been paid while their child remains hospitalized for cancer treatment.

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I have no changes. Keep up the great work!

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