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July 20, 2009

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July 20, 2009

I'm a volunteer with the Heart Connection and the work that is done and the attitudes of the volunteers and staff are what draw me back again and again. Everyone is so loving and genuine, and we all truly want to see the kids and their families have an amazing experience. The summer camps for the kids are amazing, but so are the regular get-togethers throughout the year!

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

extremely caring, kid-oriented, and tons of fun.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

July 18, 2009

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July 18, 2009

I had always heard about the Heart Connection growing up, but I really didn't know much about it until my own son was diagnosed with brain cancer. The Heart Connection stepped in and forever became a part of our lives. From all the fun activities, camps, beads for bravery, Club HOPE...the list goes on! The volunteers that dedicate their time are truly amazing! This organization truly cares about the kids and their families!

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

the look in my son's eyes after camp. He has a great time there every year and looks forward to the next year the day we pick him up!

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

getting to know everyone. They become a part of your "family"

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

amazing!!!!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

July 17, 2009

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July 17, 2009

The Heart Connection Camp is a place that is impossible to describe its meaning and magnitude. The organization works so hard all year long to touch hundreds of children's and families' lives in and out of Iowa. I've attended the Oncology Camp since I was five and have been there for 14 summers, and I am still in awe of the experiences I've had. It's a week where kids with any type of cancer, regardless of the stage of their treatment, can go and be kids. They don't have to worry about being gawked at because they have no hair or they have only one leg. These kids get to have a week all to them, and just be a normal kid. The staff works incredibly hard to get every kid to participate in everything possible. I've seen a girl in a wheelchair do the zipline, and kids with prosthetic legs ride a horse. These kids can choose to ignore the fact that they have cancer, or they can bond with those around them who know what's going on. I've seen a group of young girls talk about their ports and what they named them. It's an incredible week, that for many of these kids, is one of the best weeks out of their year. It's a loving atmosphere where kids can talk with others who can truly say "I understand."

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

mothers' eyes as they tear up just talking about the indescribable week their child had at camp, and how thankful they are that their child was able to have that experience.

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

make sure the campers and families were my first priority. I would want them to feel safe and excited as they plan for and experience camp.

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

Growing with the organization. I started with it 14 years ago, and am now happy to say I have come back on staff to serve the camp that gave so much to me.

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

incredible people with the biggest hearts. They are there to give, give, give to these kids.

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

Help ease the costs it takes to put camp on every summer. It could take some money and spread awareness about their program, as well as childhood cancer. It could give a push to finding a cure.

Ways to make it better...

I'd had more time there.

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

raising awareness of the organization itself, and also the concept of childhood cancer.

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

this week is treasured by so many. It's phenomenal!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

July 16, 2009

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July 16, 2009

I have been apart of this organization sense 1989 and I make it a point to be there every year because it means so much to me. At camp I have made friendships that I couldnt make anywhere else. I had brain surgery back in December of 08 and one of my camp buddies sat by me for two days while I was sleeping and only able to days in and out. The people you meet leave their prints on your heart wether they are age five or eighteen, everyone will have an impact.

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

Not having to worry about making ends meet for the kids to be able to come to camp so they can have one week of freedom. Having cancer makes kids feel limited, but we want to keep camp going to give kids with cancer a week of freedom and equality.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

July 16, 2009

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July 16, 2009

The Heart Connection has been a part of my life now for almost 20 years. When I was younger and sick the organization was there for me and my family and has continued to stay connected. Thanks to the Heart Connection I've now been provided with adult cancer survivor opportunities that have helped me educate myself on staying healthy long after going into remission.

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

how they work with families during and long after a child goes through cancer.

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

continue the work that has come before me and work to improve it as they have.

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

the many individuals I've come to consider as family.

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

kind, helpful and focused on the cause.

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

continue spreading its message and provide so much happiness to the innocent victims of cancer.

Ways to make it better...

my work schedule would allow me to volunteer more.

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

today's economy and competing with so many other non-profits with all different focuses.

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

I owe too much to the heart connection to ever expect to repay it.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

July 16, 2009

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July 16, 2009

Amazing. There is no other way to put it. this camp helped me and my brothers cope with my little brother getting treated for a malignant brain tumor. Ever since 2001 my older brothers and I have attended this camp and my younger brother has gone to the camp for survivors. We all plan to come back as counselors.

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

my community, they help fundraise for cancer research.

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

Camp

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

bring cancer camp to everyone in the mid-west.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

July 16, 2009

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July 16, 2009

I have been volunteering for The Heart Connection for about 3 months and have absolutely loved my there. They provide awesome support for children with cancer and their families and they really are there to assist in every way. During camp, I could see how much it really meant to the kids and the great time they have with others. Camp is where the kids can be themselves and where they can be comfortable around others. The Heart Connection has an awesome network of volunteers that are always willing to help out at programs and especially during camp. The staff of the organization are great, always having new ideas and are never afraid to take on a new challenge. I will definitely continue my attention and time to this organization in the future!

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

families, the community and most importantly the children.

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

open another location somewhere else in the U.S.

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

CAMP!!!!!! One of the best experiences in my life.

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

college students, young professionals, business professionals and people that just wanted to help in any way they could.

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

expand, open new locations so more people could be aware of it!

Ways to make it better...

I could have spent more time with the organization.

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

some people that need an organization like this are unaware that it is available for them.

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

I have absolutely loved my time volunteering for here!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

July 15, 2009

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July 15, 2009

I volunteered for the Heart Connection because they are an organization that really cares about the kids that deal with cancer every day all year long. They raise money, do camps, run events, sports, shows and much more. I hope to be able to do much more throughout the year to show my support for the Heart Connection.

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

amazing because everyone was there for each other and communicated as if we have been friends for years.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

July 15, 2009

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July 15, 2009

My son's first experience with Heart Connection was shortly after his cancer diagnosis. He attended Oncology Camp and was able to interact other children in various phases of treatment. Later my daughter attended Sibling Camp where the focus was on her, rather than on her brother. We are grateful that Heart Connection has been a significant part of our lives for the past 16 years.

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

the faces of the children who attend their summer camps. Those at the oncology camp realize that they are not limited in what they can do.

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

watching the children gain confidence after attending camp.

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

enthusiastic about the kids.

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

continue serving children with cancer and their families by providing backpacks full of educational materials shortly after diagnosis, hosting Young Survivors' conferences, and sponsoring its flagship programs - summer camps.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

July 13, 2009

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July 13, 2009

Since its beginning, The Heart Connection has served thousands of children battling cancer and offers programs for siblings and parents as well. The online support and summer camps provide a great way to connect with others battling childhood cancer from every corner of Iowa.

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

the lives they have made happier

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Ways to make it better...

There was more time to help

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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