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July 30, 2009

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July 30, 2009

The Heart Connection is a great support system for the children and familes that are dealing with such a terrible sickness. They look past the child that is sick and help them to get on with life and make the little moments and accomplishments seems huge. It's the little day in and day out things they do for the familes that let's them know they are not alone in this fight. They have people who are pulling for them all the way.

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

very kind and loving towards the children no matter who they were or what they were dealing with. They were respectful yet emotional with the kids as well as their family members.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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July 30, 2009

I've been a volunteer for the past couple of months for The Heart Connection. Through my experience I have truly seen the mission of The Heart Connection, "to enhance the lives of children and their families that are affected by cancer by providing education, family support and recreation," come to life. Words cannot express how much this organization does for the families, children and communities at large that it is associated with. I'm proud to help an organization that has such a noble cause.

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

the eyes of the children and families that it touches.

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

how I can tell that the organization is making a difference in the lives of many.

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

helpful, kind, inspirational and full of love.

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

change the lives of children and families that are affected by pediatric cancer.

Ways to make it better...

I would have known about the organization longer.

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

not enough funding.

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

this organization is amazing.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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July 30, 2009

I am a volunteer at Oncology Camp and at Blank Hospital Oncology/Hematology Clinic. This organization is filled with angels helping and supporting families of children with cancer. They sponsor camps for siblings, patients, and families to get some time away from their cancer fight to be kids and have fun. They work tirelessly and selflessly to raise funds to support families and children in any way they can. I am inspired to help and do more by all of the angels involved in this organization. They are only limited by funding. They establish close relationships with families and help them keep going in a tough battle!! Truly amazing!!

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

Pediatric cancer survivors and their families who come back to camp year after year to volunteer to help others fighting their same battle against a deadly disease.

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

I could not run this organization as well as it is run, but if I ran the world, I'd increase donations to this organization a billion-fold!!

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

The relationships I've developed and inspiration I've received from patients, families, other volunteers and staff members.

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

As I've said, ANGELS!!

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

Support, encourage, play with, love and help more ill children and families.

Ways to make it better...

They are only limited by funding.

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

Funding

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

It's amazing the ways they think of to help families!!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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July 30, 2009

I have recently retired and have chosen The Heart Connection as an organization with great volunteer opportunities. Whether selling t-shirts at the Iowa State Fair, wrapping gifts at the mall, baking cookies for a Fun Run or just stuffing envelopes in the local office you are surrounded by wonderful people who love what they are doing and working toward a great cause.

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

the smile on the campers faces

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

The great people

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

friendly, enthusiastic,fun

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

serve many more children

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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July 30, 2009

When I was introduced to the Heart Connection in 1996 as a camper I feel that I had gained a family for life. They have been there for me through my whole cancer journey from my second diagnosis and have started programming to help me as an adult survivor of cancer. I have had the ability to be a recipient of their programs and be a program leader as a volunteer to help others. I have gained so much from being a counselor for the Heart Connection and it is an honor to serve the children who are fighting cancer now. I can serve as an example to them they can grow up to fulfill their dreams and become something great!

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

being involved with the programs by leading them and watching the campers gain confidence as they try new things at camp.

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

have a very ful-filling, but hard job. The directors do a very good job of running the Heart Connection and they would be very hard to replace:)

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

I gain something every time I am involved with the Heart Connection and so I work to give back to the kids what they gave to me.

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

friendly and welcoming. Very easy to work with and communicate with.

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

expand to other states and become an example of how to run a fantastic program

Ways to make it better...

we were able to have more time at camp.

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

it's hard to move on from certain traditions they've had for years in the camp programming, but some things could be updated.

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

I LOVE this organization and camp.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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July 30, 2009

This is an excellent organization that provides needed (and fun!) services to families in and around Iowa. The organization strives to provide emotional support in a fun, camp atmostphere!

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

the enjoyment on the campers' faces!

Ways to make it better...

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

continue on its current track!

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

the interaction with the kids.

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

dedicated and enthusiastic.

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

provide even more terrific services and regular weekend camps.

Ways to make it better...

the camp could have lasted longer - ha!

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

competing for donations in the current economy.

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

the employees and volunteers work really hard to help the children and their families.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

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July 30, 2009

This Camp ROCKS! All the volunteers put in so much time and patience with the kids so that they can have a great time at camp. It lets kids be kids, interact with staff, and build great friendships that will last a lifetime.

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

teamwork, patience, and loving friendships/bonds between everyone.

Ways to make it better...

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

team up with other organizations and visit other organizations to get the word out about this great camp.

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

the friendships and feeling like I was making a difference in someones life. Everyone is really helpful and ready to make it the best week ever.

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

all amazing people to work with that really enjoyed what they were doing. Everyone was upbeat and looking out for what was best for the kids!

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

do great things, it would send everyone to camp that wants to go and they could spend more on activities for the kids to make it a once in a lifetime experience.

Ways to make it better...

There was more volunteers and more money. I would have known about it sooner!

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

Not many people know about the organization or how to become involved.

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

THIS CAMP ROCKS.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

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July 30, 2009

This organization helps so many fantastic kids and their families. Heart Connection touches lives in such a special way, letting families know that they are not alone in their cancer fight. Kids with Heart Connection involvement benefit so greatly and have such pure and joyous memories that last a lifetime.

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

my work with the childhood cancer population at the hospital

Ways to make it better...

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

build a CRAZY STRONG bond with Blank Children's Hospital.

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

hearing about friendships that have survived year after year once they've met at camp.

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

in it to make a difference.

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

serve the most delicious camp food in the world.

Ways to make it better...

I had more time to give.

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

competing with other cancer-focused groups and getting across a STRONG message specifically about childhood cancer.

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

EVERY family with a childhood cancer diagnosis MUST take advantage of the programming and activities that Heart Connection provides.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

July 29, 2009

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July 29, 2009

This is one of the most amazing organizations I know of. To see the faces of children and siblings touched by childhood cancer by the programs they have available is absolutely unbelievable! I've volunteered for this nonprofit for the last 5 years and have loved every minute of it, and they have improved their outreach to suit the needs of the families touched by cancer, as they need it.

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

the families who utilize the support and programs that are offered. The children that talk about camp from the day they leave until the day they come back the next year.

Ways to make it better...

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

Try to improve programs and support as they do with feedback.

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

seeing the children enjoy everyday things while being affected by cancer or treatment, or the loss of a sibling.

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

All there for the same purpose, to give the children the BEST WEEK EVER!

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

Serve so many more and provide more services and support to this population and to the families. Possibly more support for siblings

Ways to make it better...

I had known and experienced it sooner.

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

Money/financial resources to provide services and support.

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

I have enjoyed every second I've been involved with this nonprofit, and would not trade my experiences here for anything.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

July 29, 2009

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July 29, 2009

I'm a camp counselor for The Heart Connection Camp. It's an amazing camp that lets kids be kids again and forget about the worries of their everyday lives that have been affected by cancer.

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

I hear about the great results constantly from family and friends.

Ways to make it better...

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

Change nothing.

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

The Kids!

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

Great!

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

By a 10 million dollar car. But that would be a waste of money.

Ways to make it better...

I wish I could have been a counselor for more weeks!

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

Rising costs in the future and less businesses willing to donate.

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

FTK

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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