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July 29, 2009

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July 29, 2009

The Heart Connection has been an amazing program. I have helped volunteer for some events that they have been apart of and I can tell anyone that no group of people cares more about these kids then the staff at the Heart Connection. They put forth their full effort and contribute so much of their time, even on their days off. This small group of people has made such an impact on the communities in Iowa. I know that they don't have the major budgets that some organizations like them have but to me it is quite obvious that they use what they have the best and most efficient way possible. They put on camps for the kids and their siblings while also making special trips to the hospitals for rounds of chemo and radiation. With each trip they bare a gift for the children to show their strength and endurance in what will surely be one of the toughest times in their lives. While volunteering it was amazing to see the childrens faces when any member of the Heart Connections amazing staff entered the room. The feelings of mutual respect and accomplishment were felt together and it definately showed. I can only hope that if someday my child is faced with this type of trial that the Heart Connection is there to help us along the way as they have been for so many others. Thank you to all of you at the Heart Connection for all of your love and support for our future generations. I hope you know the impact your making in their lives.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the lives of the children that go to their camps while also seeing the difference it makes in the staff members who volunteer their time.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

change nothing.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the feeling of family that they give off. Making the best out of any situation and being optimistic not only for the children and families they serve but also themselves.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

amazing, dedicated and loving people. You can't imagine the devotion they feel towards these childrens.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

change the lives of many more kids then they already do. They could open more offices around Iowa and the midwest. Also, have money to build more at their camps and sponsor more kids for camp.

Ways to make it better...

They had more money to staff more people.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

budgets.

One thing I'd also say is that...

thank you. For all of the difference you have made and will make.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

July 22, 2009

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July 22, 2009

I have been a volunteer for 4 summers at their sibling and oncology camps. This organization goes above and beyond many other similar organizations in that they not only have programs for the child who has/had cancer, but also the child's siblings and parents as well. The organization's programs from the beloved summer camp to ClubHope to family events allow the oncology kids and their families to be introduced to others who can relate to their experiences and provide a support system for eachother as they face the ups and downs of the battle against cancer. Their programs remind the families and children that they aren't the only ones who have faced the challenges of cancer and that they don't have to face it alone. It is a shame that their aren't more organizations like the Heart Connection throughout the United States.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the dedication and enthusiasm of the volunteers who were previously benefited from the Heart Connection's programs.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

witnessing first hand the extraordinary impact they have on their clients.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

110% dedicated to ensuring the goals of the Heart Connection were being met 100% of the time in every program they did. They were helpful, energetic and passionate about what they do.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

reach out to any other families in Iowa who aren't currently being reached by their services. No family, or child with cancer would have to face their battle alone.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

July 22, 2009

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July 22, 2009

I became aware of Heart Connection through one of the young people that was volunteering for the organization. Her enthusiasm about the organization and programs stimulated my interest and desire to learn more about the organization. I invited the organization to make a presentation to a club of which I am a member. The presentor gave an excellent program, explaining what the organization is doing, what the needs are and how others can become supporive of the organization and its programs. The club members were very pleased and were gratefull for the informaion given and were moved by the presentor's enthusiasm and dedication to the organization's goals.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The positive results of the Camp Programs.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The wise use of their financial resources

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Dedicated and sold on what Heart Connection has done and continues to do.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

It could do wondrs in helping and serving cancer survivers and their families.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

July 22, 2009

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July 22, 2009

I have been involved with the Heart Connection since I was diagnosed with Leukemia in 1989 at the age of 9. The Heart Connection is the bright spot in a very hard time in many children's lives. The Heart Connection focuses on not just the cancer fighter, but the siblings and parents too. Programs are in place to support the needs of the entire family throughout and after their cancer fight. I have made numerous friends who continue to be very special to me through the survivorship program. I also volunteer for this wonderful organization every chance I get.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

myself and my family. My family volunteers and participates in Heart Connection Programs.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

be sure to keep the mission of the Heart Connection the top priority.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

being a mentor for other young cancer fighters.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

one of a kind.

Ways to make it better...

I had more time to volunteer for The Heart Connection.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

pressure to change the name of the organization.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

July 22, 2009

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July 22, 2009

The Heart Connection is an amazing camp that has helped me so much in my life. I live to go to this camp in the summer mostly because i don't have to worry about anything while i'm there. Everyone there knows what it's like and will talk to you about anything. Going to camp is a time to get away from friends, family, and most importantly doctors. The things we do at camp is amazing! we get to do everything and more that you would usually do at a normal summer camp. Not only are the campers great friends but the staff is amazing and are some of my great friends now. I have been going to this camp for 10 years and am also going back as a staff member now that I am to old to be a camper. I love this camp so much and I don't think i could imagine life without the Heart Connection.

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The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

amazing.They have become a huge part in my life.They have become more like family than a staff that I only see yearly.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

July 21, 2009

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July 21, 2009

My daughter, 14 months old when diagnosed with cancer has been a family member of the Heart Connection Children's Cancer Programs since the day she was diagnosed. This organization is a family, once a member, always a member with services that not only serve my daughter, but also her siblings and other family members. Camp is someting that she looks forward to every year, along with the many activities that are offered throughout the year involving families and friends that can only understnad you. I can't say enough, The Heart Connection is there any time when needed for support, advice and just plain fun and is definitly a part of our extended family.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

My daughters attitude and self-esteem

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Feel quite good about the affect it has on everyone.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The people I've met that have become friends through a common thread

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Caring, efficient, fun

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Do absolute miracles

Ways to make it better...

Can't think of anything

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Growing with the increased numbers of diagnosis's

One thing I'd also say is that...

WE are glad to be a part of the Heart Connection Children's Cancer Programs

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

July 20, 2009

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July 20, 2009

My daughter was diagnosed with cancer 2 years ago and Heart Connection has played a big role in our lives throughout her treatment and even after including them helping with Club HOPE, Camp, beads for bravery the list could go on and on. They make lives for families who have children with cancer to much better and they make sure to include siblings as well. They truly care about the kids and the families.

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The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

AMAZING! They all truly care about our kids and the families and try to do whatever they can to help.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

July 20, 2009

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July 20, 2009

I've gone to the Heart Connection for 11 years now and it is truly a part of me. It makes me who I am and helps numerous kids, like me, deal with cancer and make the truest of friends they could ever even imagine having. Even the people on staff are friendly, nice, loving, hugable people. (and who doesn't love hugs?) I LOVE THE HEART CONNECTION =]]

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the lives of my friends from camp and family. This organization has touched us all.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the people that are involved in it.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

the nicest people I'll probably meet in my whole life.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

make itself more noticed in order to help even more families. It could find a way to possibly make camp even longer which would be my dream!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

July 20, 2009

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July 20, 2009

The Heart Connection Children’s Cancer Programs is truly a non-profit organization that changes the lives of children and their families that are affected by cancer. The numerous programs, outings, support and overall assistance that the organization provides truly makes a difference. I’ve nothing but amazing stories and memories of my time working with The Heart Connection and I’d recommend to anyone becoming associated with this organization, whether by volunteering, enjoying their programming or by becoming a “Heart Connection family.” To see the smiles and hear laughter of children who have been through much more than anyone could imagine, is the best medicine for the families and children that this organization touches.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the families that participate, the volunteers who help, the employees who support the organzation, the community around us, and in the smiles of the children affected by pediatric cancer.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

they love what they do, and they are good at it.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

amazing people (the kind that change lives). Giving...caring...loving...the best!

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

change the world...

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

July 20, 2009

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July 20, 2009

I was a counselor at Sibling Camp for the Heart Connection and I can honestly say I have never been part of such an amazing organization in my life. The people running this non-profit are some of the best in the world. They genuinely care for the kids and families who take part in their programs and dedicate their careers to helping these families make their battle with cancer a little easier.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

all of the children I've volunteered with. You can see it in their faces how relieved they are to not have to think about cancer for a few minutes. Every small thing The Heart Connection does makes a big difference for them.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

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Ways to make it better...

I would have had more time to volunteer for more events with the kids!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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