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'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 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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Review from Guidestar
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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Review from Guidestar
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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Review from Guidestar
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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Rating: 5 stars  

15 people found this review helpful

I was a sibling camper at the Heart Connection for 10 years. Throughout those years, I was able to share my experiences with other kids who went through the exact same thing. I made more friends through camp than I could have every imagined. Camp meant so much to my brother and I that we both now volunteer as counselors at camp. I am so please to know that by me donating just one week of time to those kids, they are able to cope with cancer a little easier. The Heart Connection has done so much for my family and for families like mine, and I want to thank them from the bottom of my heart. I would not be the person that I am today without them.

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

everything. I have made such amazing friends and I know that I am helping people by donating my time.

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

amazing. They give so much for the children that attend the camp.

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

help even more families than it already does.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-8-01

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15 people found this review helpful

I will be volunteering at Heart Connection camp for the second time this August and I cannot wait. The best part is seeing how easy it is for the children to bond knowing that they all share something in common. The Heart Connection does so many great things for children with cancer and their families. They also focus a lot of their efforts on siblings of children affected by cancer because most times they get left out. Because of Heart Connection there are countless friendships between families, cancer wariors, and siblings; these are the friendships that keep hope alive.

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

seeing the impact among children with cancer, their siblings and family members. Sometimes I wonder how a family could ever get through such a horrible disease without the support of others who know exactly what each family has to experience.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-7-01

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15 people found this review helpful

I've been volunteering for The Heart Connection for a few years and I want to let everyone know how inspiration the organization is. To see the children at summer camp that can relate to one another because of their illness is powerful. This organzation brings together a number of different people who work to help make the lives of families and children that are affected with childhood cancer a little easier. This organization wouldn't be possile without the giving donors, helpful staff and supportive volunteers. Overall, It's a great organization to be associated with.

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

the Camps that they offer for children affected by cancer and their siblings!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-6-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

8 people found this review helpful

The Heart Connection has a wonderful and friendly staff that is unbeatable. The programs and services are top-quality and are truly making a difference in our community!

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

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

helpful and thoughtful.

Ways to make it better...

A bigger budget for program development.

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

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-7-01

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