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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

42 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Joni H.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We love Childern's Cancer Connection! When my youngest was diagnosed with a brain tumor 3 years ago the CCC was there to support us. We have participated in the Beads of Bravery program. My oldest has been to Sibling Camp 3 years in a row and her smile says it all when we pick her up at the end of the week! The CCC puts on an AWESOME Christmas party every year with ice skating, snacks, story time and SANTA. My oldest has also participated in a basketball camp for 2 years now. We have been to Adventureland with the CCC and participated in CLUB HOPE; a support group for families. There is so much more and without the CCC the last three years would have been a lot harder. We have fond memories to look back on and fun to look forward too! Thank you so much Children's Cancer Connection!

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

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

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Review from Guidestar

15

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Heart Connection has played an invaluable role in my family's coping with a childhood cancer diagnosis. My niece has found a place, in Camp, where she is free to acknowledge her feelings and express them however she needs; with people who really understand. She lost her sister eight years ago and without Heart Connection I don't think she'd be the healthy, well-adjusted teenager she is today. We have bene blessed by this wonderful organization!

16

Client Served

Rating: 5

My daughter was diagnosed with cancer at age 11, but the truth is, the whole family has to work at survival. The Heart Connection is hands down the main reason that my kids have learned to cope. We have what I believe to be a close, loving family, but my son, who was 9 at the time of her diagnosis, was dealing by literally running away. After one week at The Heart Connection Camp, he came home a different kid. He came home a survivor. My kids have attended for 6 years now and their camp counselors and camp friends have been a tremendous influence in their lives. There is something incredibly special about being around others who know what you're going through. I don't think it always takes words, but rather just the presence of someone who understands, and that seems to be what makes the difference at The Heart Connection Camp. Everyone just understands without having to explain anything. Thank you Heart Connection for providing so many beautiful years of survival for my entire family.

8

Client Served

Rating: 5

One of the many blessings that came to our family in the difficult journey of our son's diagnosis of Ewing's Sarcoma at age 7 is the Heart Connection. The times that we spent together at Family Camps over the years were invaluable in many ways. We had fun and could actually relax in the unique company of families and staff who knew all about our struggles.