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February 14, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 14, 2011

My grandson, Darick, has been attending the camp since he was 5 years old. He had leukemia and his mother (my daughter) started him in this camp as soon as she felt that he could handle it because of the great reputation. This was the best decision as Darick waits all year to attend a week where he can be with kids and counselors like himself and they can just be kids having fun. No one looks twice if they are on an IV or they are bald because they have all experienced this and through the camp they have learned compassion and life understanding of each other. When Darick returns from camp he tells us what he has done, but also how he feels about death and life. This is something that he doesn't share any other time and he has grown into such a caring young man. I have a feeling that he will want to be a counselor to help other young boys. We can't say enough about the professionalism of this camp and how important this camp is for all of the kids who attend.

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watching my grandson who has reaped the results of this fantastic camp.

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I'm sure there is something that can be improved on, as with any organization. However, I don't have personal knowledge and only know how my grandson and daughter rave about this camp. For life threatening illnesses all children need to have this positive experience.

February 14, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 14, 2011

This organization has helped us in so many ways. We are very greatful for all of the activities they have provided for our kids. The camp has helped both my boys understand and deal with the impact that cancer has put on their lives. Also, made them see that they are not alone and not feel insecure from the scars. They greatly enjoy the camp and mini-camp and cannot wait for the next to come. We love The Cancer Connection!

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My children attend the camps.

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No changes

February 13, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 13, 2011

Children's Cancer Connection is an amazing organization run by some truly special people who go above and beyond the call of duty to work to improve the lives of children and families dealing with childhood cancer. When I lived in the Des Moines area, it was an honor to volunteer with them and I would encourage anyone capable of helping out this fantastic cause!

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

Seeing the smiles on children's faces and hearing the stories told of how this group can help better the lives of so many people.

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

Give them access to more funds so more children from all over the state could feel their impact!

February 13, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 13, 2011

Children's Cancer Connection and their programs are a godsend to families! The volunteers are dedicated, wonderful caring individuals that are there to help the children and their families. My family participates in the Danny Joe Golf Tournament each June to raise money to help this worthy cause. Thank you for all you do! Karen - Danny Joe's aunt.

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When my nephew was battling cancer, the Children's Cancer Connection had not yet been created although I have personally experienced the results of this organization when I volunteered at the Camp Heart Connection to sign in the children one year. To see their faces with excitement was very touching!

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I can't think of any changes. I would like to ask other people to think about putting them in their Will as a means to provide funds in the future for this great organization - we just did!

February 12, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 12, 2011

Children's Cancer Connection helped us from the very beginning of my son's cancer diagnosis. They gave us a backpack full of useful items that we needed for our journey through treatment plus fun things for my son. Then when summer came they provided him with Camp. He loved it!! They were great with him and he got to be with other kids that were going through the same thing. Camp provided him with skills he needed to be around others and work through his disabilities and give him some sense of normalcy. Children's Cancer Connection is a great organization that helps not only the children but their families. They help make the journey a lot more bearable for everyone involved. They are always so nice and willing to help with anything they can. My family has definately been blessed to have known the organization and the people!

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My son's treatment plans and his camp experiences.

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No changes! Its great!

February 11, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 11, 2011

My granddaughter was diagnosed with AAL in 2001 and spent several weeks in and out of Blank Children's Hospital in Des Moines, Iowa. She is a healthy survivor, now 14 yrs old. She was treated like a princess by the 'Heart Connection' volunteers with all their fun activities for the patients and siblings. She has enjoyed summer camp every year, and her siblings have also. And the other fun shows like Lion King, Sesame Street, and many others, Adventureland Park. The list just goes on and on. This is a very deserving non-profit group. I give them a big 'thumbs up!!' for all they do.

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I see the friends my grandchildren have made at camp and the patients remembered from the hospital and they are good memories.

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

win the contest for them

February 11, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 11, 2011

My 12 year old son is a leukemia survivor. Although he is a cancer survivor he has lasting effects from the chemotherapy treatment. He has been attending summer camp via children's cancer connection since he was 5 years old. This camp provides one of the best (if not THE best) experience for him. He loves the camp, the counselors, his fellow campers and feels like it is a second home. He has the opportunity to talk with and interact with other kids who also have lasting effects due to cancer treatment. Heart Connection cancer camp allows him to see that he is not alone and gives him the opportunity to open up and connect with others at a very private emotional level. As he gets older he has become more sensative to his situation and how the world sees him. When at camp he is just one of the kids. Camp is a soft place to land and fires him up and makes it possible for him to continue to face his daily challenges. I just can't say enough about Children's Cancer Connection, the organization and the services they provide. Without camp we would be crushed!!!!! This organization is the absolute best!!!!!!!!

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This organization made it possible for my son to attend summer camp when he was the most sick with cancer and was still receiving chemotherapy treatment. This organization continues to make it possible for my son to attend summer camp after cancer treatment while learing to live with the lasting effects of treatment. This organization has provided a wonderful life experience for my child. An experience I truly don't think he would get else where.

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At this time I have no suggestions. I am so thankful for what they do provide. I just think they are wonderful!

February 11, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 11, 2011

I've been involved with Children's Cancer Connection for the past 12 years as a camper at Heart Connection. Not only is it one of my absolute favorite places on Earth, but it is a wonderful program that has shown me that there is some good that can come out of such an ugly disease. I plan on volunteering for Heart Connection as much as possible in the future and would advise anyone else to get involved in any way they can.

I was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia at the age of 5 and the nurses at the University of Iowa Children's Hospital informed my family of this unique camp. After the first year, I was hooked. Heart Connection and Children's Cancer Connection gave me hope, courage, and strength when I needed it most. It also gave me friendships that will last a lifetime. I'm so grateful for every opportunity I've had with them.

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

Thanks to Heart Connection, I've gained many lifelong friends and countless once in a lifetime opportunities.

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

make camp a week longer!

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

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

How did you find this group?

The University of Iowa Children's Hospital

What, if any, change in your life has this group encouraged?

They've helped me to be more independent and to believe in myself. They've also taught me that scars are beautiful.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

February 11, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 11, 2011

Our daughter Ava, age 10, is lucky to be a leukemia survivor. Every summer since 2005, she and her brother Jared, age 12, spend an amazing week at the CCC camps, which keeps our entire family humble of heart and bonded to the cancer community, enriching our sense of gratitude for health, life, and the eternal human spirit. CCC is our most powerful connection to the cancer experience, which helps us strive to be better individuals and a closer family.

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

the overall wellbeing of my family.

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

just keep spreading the word about its amazing impact on the lives of children's cancer victims and their families.

February 10, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 10, 2011

We love Childern's Cancer Connection! When my youngest was diagnosed with a brain tumor 3 years ago the CCC was there to support us. We have participated in the Beads of Bravery program. My oldest has been to Sibling Camp 3 years in a row and her smile says it all when we pick her up at the end of the week! The CCC puts on an AWESOME Christmas party every year with ice skating, snacks, story time and SANTA. My oldest has also participated in a basketball camp for 2 years now. We have been to Adventureland with the CCC and participated in CLUB HOPE; a support group for families. There is so much more and without the CCC the last three years would have been a lot harder. We have fond memories to look back on and fun to look forward too! Thank you so much Children's Cancer Connection!

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Camp, Club Hope, Beads of Bravery, etc

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