THE HEART CONNECTION

Rating: 4.97 stars   110 reviews

Issues: Children & Youth, Cancer

Location: 1221 Center St Ste 12 Des Moines IA 50309 USA

Mission: We enhance the quality of life for families connected through childhood cancer, and create opportunities to learn, play, and share.
Geographic areas served: Iowa and surrounding states
2011 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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EIN 42-1313167
515-243-6239
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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been volunteering at Children's Cancer Connection for about 3 months now and I love every minute of it. I go to blank and do arts and crafts with the children while they wait to see the doctor. No matter what kind of day I am having, these kids can always put a smile on my face. I will hopefully be helping out at the week long summer camp this summer for children with cancer, put on by the Children's Cancer Connection. I am very excited for my future with this organization!

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

every way possible. Every time I go up to the hospital, the kids can always put a smile on my face and brighten my day.

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

make more times available to volunteer.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have volunteered for Children's Cancer Connection for a little over five years now. I was introduced to them while going to DMACC. I imediately fell in love with what they stood for and what they do! I couldn't help but be sucked in by all the smiling little faces and awesome people that work for and volunteer forChildren's Cancer Connection. By volunteering I have made so many new friends and had so many great experiences that I wouldn't trade for the world! I am very happy to be a part of this awesome family!

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

Bring people together. It truly is amazing how much cancer touches everyones lives. I think it is great that they offer a wide range of services for family to take part in and the help they offer while they are going through such tough time in their lives.

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

There are none at this time.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been volunteering with Children's Cancer Connection for 5 years now and I have loved every minute of it. This organization provides such wonderful support not only to children with a cancer diagnosis, but to their families as well. And they stick with them from start to finish... and beyond! I have seen firsthand the effect this organization has on kids and their families, and how dedicated these families are to the organization.

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

the way kids are able to overcome such incredible obstacles. With the support of Children's Cancer Connection and the other families this organization connects them with, they know they are not alone.

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

increase their funding, continue to branch out through the Survivorship programming and more, keep doing more of the great stuff they're doing!

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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Rating: 5 stars  

This summer will mark my tenth year (week) volunteering at Camp Heart Connection. The kids and staff keep me coming back every year. What I like most about Children's Cancer Connection is their understanding that cancer affects the whole family. Children's Cancer Connection is there for the entire family through the entire journey. It's hard to explain the sense of community I feel every summer when I go to camp, even when words aren't spoken about the heartaches these kids must face there is an undersanding among them and a bond I cannot explain. The Children's Cancer Connection is there for familes when they need support the most. I feel privilaged to get to share a week with such an amazing group of people that are wise beyond their years and keep me grounded and focused on what's really important in life.

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

Interacting with families and children affected by childhood cancer. The fears these kids overcome and the things they are able to experience in one short week a year help them build confidence and friendships that will last them a lifetime.

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

Increase their funding!

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?

Wal-mart run after orientation.

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

Yes. Going to camp every year helps me remember those friends I lost to cancer while I was growing up. I make new friends at camp every year. I've helped shy kids come out of their shells and be a part of the group.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

It makes me feel really good. I didn't realize the impact counselors have on their campers lives until one of the very first campers I had came back to me 6 years later and told me she remembered every story I told her at camp. It feels really good to know I can have a positive impact on the campers and help them through a difficult time in their lives.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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Rating: 5 stars  

Children's Cancer Connection is a fabulous organization that helps kids who are dealing with cancer! Growing up is hard enough and I'm so glad there is an organization helping sick kids get through this.

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

Des Moines, Iowa

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

Make their job easier and give them more funding!

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Rating: 5 stars  

The Children's Cancer Connection really helped me through my time of need. I was a 13 year old boy just diagnosed with cancer. I was really upset that I had to go through this. I really did not want to participate in any of the things the CCC wanted me to do but they kept trying. Eventually I went to a Timberwolves game with them, and that talked me into going to camp. Going to camp was the best thing for me. Through camp I have made life long friends and still volunteer there today.

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

My struggle with chemo therapy.

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

Make sure every State had one.

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Rating: 5 stars  

The Heart Connection gives so many children going through treatments, beads for bravery, which our son has quite a few of. Gifts at christmas time for the whole family, and gifts periodically while having treatments at the hospital , they are really great to have in our lives.

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

our son has leukemia

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

do nothing to change

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Rating: 5 stars  

The Heart Connection is a wonderful organization for Cancer children and parents. The staff is dedicated to hard work to make this a wonderful experience for all.

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

A relative loved to work with other co-workers

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

Make no changes.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I was diagnosed with leukemia in April 1989 at the age of 9. In June of 1989 I attended my first week of Heart Connection Camp. Since then, I have been both a camper and volunteer for this organization. All of my experiences with the Heart Connection are memories I cherish from a time in my life when most would probably think that I would rather have not have memories!
The Heart Connection provides services to children and young adults who are fighting or who have survived childhood cancer. I can't imagine that there is a better organization in the United States with the same mission.

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

Oncology Camper, oncology staff, volunteer

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

Strengthen their survivorship program

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Rating: 5 stars  

The Children's Cancer Connection has been an incredible support system for our family as our son was going through treatments. We really love how the WHOLE family is included since cancer not only impacts the child going through it, but it really turns the whole household upside down! The family camp and summer camp were awesome! Last year was the first year for my kids and they were so excited to get Valentine notes from their counselors recently! It meant so much to them that they sent a note and they are excited to attend again this year to see their camp friends. Obviously, camp is only a part of what this organization does, but we are thankful that they were available to us during the treatments and continue to be part of our family during our continued followups. What a great resource and support system for the entire family.

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

I have attended the support group meetings which are so helpful. It was awesome having the support of other parents that had walked the a similar road with their child. The extra activities such as the zoo, Incredible Pizza and the American Idol show were things that my kids would not have been able to do. It was treat to get out on those evenings and things would seem "normal". Of course, I know that nothing is "normal" anymore once you have experienced a child with cancer.

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

I know they had to cut staff this year because of budget cuts. I would love to make it so they would not have to worry about the budget and the staff would be able to just do what they are great at doing - "Supporting Familes".

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