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  

Childrens Cancer Connection is a wonderful organization that I have worked closely with for several years. The staff is incredible and their number one concern is for the children and trying to give them some happiness during their difficult journey fighting cancer.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I've worked with The Heart Connection for a few years now and LOVE how this organization's number one concern is the children. Outside of the hundreds of amazing things this organization does for children with cancer, they make children living with cancer feel like the most important, normal kids in the world for one week out of the year. It is the best week of the year for almost every kid at camp.

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

many ways

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

not change it

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Rating: 5 stars  

We've been associated with The Heart Connection since my son was diagnosed with a rare bone cancer in 2000. They are an indespensible resource for children and families dealing with childhood cancer. It's hard enough for kids to go through the rigors of cancer treatment and feel "different" from all their friends. Their summer camp allows these kids to act like normal kids for a week and have the true summer camp expereicne without other kids staring at their lack of hair, their wheelchair, braces, crutches, etc. My son has attended camp numerous times with braces and crutches and has had an amazing time and will be continuing as an adult counselor. They also provide support group services for families including on for the survivors who have beomce adults, addressing the possible after affects of their treatments and helping them move forward. It's not just a charity that sends kids to camp, they look for needs in every aspect of dealing with childhood cancer and try to fill them. INVALUABLE pretty much sums up The Heart Connection. - Carol L

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

Through my son's attendance at their summer camps and other events sponsored by The Heart Connection. They help the kids feel "normal" when that is the farthest thing from their life at that moment. They educate and assist in any and all needs.

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

give them more staff to continue their work, they were hit by the recession just like everyone else.

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Rating: 5 stars  

We have been involved with the the Heart Connection since our son cancer was discoverd in 1992. We have 7 children and all of have enjoyed the friendships and experiences of attending summer camps. We moved 600 miles away from Iowa but still came back twice a year since 1997. Some of children have even volunteered as councilers.

My wife and I as well have had great times working in the kitchen for 18 years.

These kind of experiiences have given us great memories and only possible through the heart connection. They have provided programs that cancer patients and siblings look forward to every year. We have committed to help as long as they will have us.

Rudy Knight

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

Yes have seen tremendous benefits for my children

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

Only to continue their operations

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Rating: 4 stars  

As a volunteer and former employee of Children's Cancer Connection I can't say enough kind words about the staff who put in long hours and all their best efforts to create programs that actually do make life for children/adolescents with cancer a little bit better.

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

my work with program participants and donors

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

none

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Rating: 5 stars  

The Childrens Cancer Connection has been a part of our life since our daughter was diagnosed with Leukemia nearly ten years ago. CCC provides many opportunities and support for the children and their families while dealing with cancer. They provide some activites while the child is at the clinic or hospital. They provide camp to the children and their siblings, and numerous other activities throughout the year. My children are always excited when anything is going on with the CCC. The connections that the children have made with the other campers and staff are priceless, and life long.

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

being a mother with a child diagnosed with cancer

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

Find ways so they can continue to serve as many children and families as possible.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Having visited Sibling Camp, the Christmas Card Kick-Off Event and the Breakfast of Champions, I am continually humbled by the spirit of the children and their families and the compassion of the volunteers. Participating in the Adopt-a-Family was a joy for our office in giving. The thoughtfulness of thank yous and photos of our family that we received was truly a 'connection' for us all.

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

visiting with the various children and their families.

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

See that they have more funds to get their name out more

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Rating: 5 stars  

I've been involved in this awesome organization since 1994 when our son was diagnosed with Leukemia. We have been involved as a board member, a volunteer and our family has been the recipient of the wonderful benefits provided by the Children's Cancer Connection. Matt was a camper for many years and always intentely watched the mail each year, eagerly watching for the camp application.

This is just a phenomenal organization with wonderful caring people involved in the leadership, the organizational structure and as the volunteers that make the organization work.

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

seeing how the children and their families are so grateful for all the programs and sharing that the leaders and volunteers of the Children's Cancer Connection provide to benefactor children and their families.

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

Keep it pretty much as it is. It serves a wonderful niche in giving children living with cancer and their families the opportunity for much needed respite time and time to live again in a world without cancer even if for just a few days or hours at a time.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Not only Have I volenteered for The Heart Conenction of the past several years. But I have also been a camper. They offer a camp and a safe haven like no other. It helps the campers afflicted with cancer and perhaps humilations in their everyday lives, a place to feel welcomed and part of a group of friends that they know they truley belong with. I know first hand this is true, in school I never had any friends, I was very shy and was picked on. But at camp I was able to open up and talk to people. I've made life long friends because of it. And because I volenteet I can give back not only what I recieved in friendship but in guidance from many of the volenteers I've met as a camper. I love this camp and look forward to seeing new faces and all of the campers I've grown to know and fromed bonds with. Childhood cancer is unquiqe in an almost decieving way/ Because the desease takes so much from us and leaves us batterned an worn. Many of us have life long side effects. I can speak first hand having a learning disability. But I feel I am lucky, some of my camper friends have difficulty walking. But we have that bond we are survivors of childhood cancer and it's a mutual understanding that no of us whould trade for the world . The Heart Connection has given us a wonderful and rare opportunity to conect with people like us. And to teach those who might not otherwise understand what it means to have or have had childhood cancer.

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

Both by volunteering and having experienced it first hand as a camper, staff and councelor.

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

Make the one week camp longer.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I volunteered at Camp Heart last summer and it was a great experience. It was my first experience working at a camp and I intend to return every year I can. It is wonderful to know that Iowa has such an amazing resource available to our young people.

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

the fact that I, along with many others are helping our kids have a wonderful week that is devoted to making them more confident, independent, and just able to be kids.

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

I can't think of anything.

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