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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Cancer, Children & Youth, Children & Youth Services, Youth Development

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

Programs: To provide summer camps and one day special activities for children with cancer and their families. Programs in this area include family camps, oncology camp, sibling camp, mid-year mini camp, and family events.

to provide support services and information for children with cancer and their families. Programs in this area include club hope, the survivorship connection, lending library, online support program, and adopt a family.

to provide hospital based programs which provide support for children being treated for cancer. Programs included in this area are arts and crafts, end-of-treatment party, beads for bravery, poke box, and treatment binders.

Community Stories

54 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!!

4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.