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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

9 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Children's Cancer Connection does so much to help families from the day they are diagnosed. They continue to be with the family for small celebrations and big ones.

Children's Cancer Connection makes you feel like family once you become a part of the organization.

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My grandson, Darick, has been attending the camp since he was 5 years old. He had leukemia and his mother (my daughter) started him in this camp as soon as she felt that he could handle it because of the great reputation. This was the best decision as Darick waits all year to attend a week where he can be with kids and counselors like himself and they can just be kids having fun. No one looks twice if they are on an IV or they are bald because they have all experienced this and through the camp they have learned compassion and life understanding of each other. When Darick returns from camp he tells us what he has done, but also how he feels about death and life. This is something that he doesn't share any other time and he has grown into such a caring young man. I have a feeling that he will want to be a counselor to help other young boys. We can't say enough about the professionalism of this camp and how important this camp is for all of the kids who attend.

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My granddaughter was diagnosed with AAL in 2001 and spent several weeks in and out of Blank Children's Hospital in Des Moines, Iowa. She is a healthy survivor, now 14 yrs old. She was treated like a princess by the 'Heart Connection' volunteers with all their fun activities for the patients and siblings. She has enjoyed summer camp every year, and her siblings have also. And the other fun shows like Lion King, Sesame Street, and many others, Adventureland Park. The list just goes on and on. This is a very deserving non-profit group. I give them a big 'thumbs up!!' for all they do.

Review from Guidestar

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Heart Connection is an amazing organization that couldn't do HALF of what they do without the generous support of volunteers and donors! The families are amazing!

4

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Heart Connection is such a wonderful organization. I love that it provides great events for not only the children struggling with cancer, but also their siblings as well. It always has great things for the children to do and the staff and volunteers are great!

5

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Heart connection provides so many wonderful different resources and programs for families and children with cancer that it's difficult to pin-point a specific area in which they accel in most. Their camps offer a wonderful outlet for children and siblings of kids with cancer. It lets them be a kid and not a kid with cancer or a kid who has a brother or sister with cancer.

6

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Heart Connection has been an amazing program. I have helped volunteer for some events that they have been apart of and I can tell anyone that no group of people cares more about these kids then the staff at the Heart Connection. They put forth their full effort and contribute so much of their time, even on their days off. This small group of people has made such an impact on the communities in Iowa. I know that they don't have the major budgets that some organizations like them have but to me it is quite obvious that they use what they have the best and most efficient way possible. They put on camps for the kids and their siblings while also making special trips to the hospitals for rounds of chemo and radiation. With each trip they bare a gift for the children to show their strength and endurance in what will surely be one of the toughest times in their lives. While volunteering it was amazing to see the childrens faces when any member of the Heart Connections amazing staff entered the room. The feelings of mutual respect and accomplishment were felt together and it definately showed. I can only hope that if someday my child is faced with this type of trial that the Heart Connection is there to help us along the way as they have been for so many others. Thank you to all of you at the Heart Connection for all of your love and support for our future generations. I hope you know the impact your making in their lives.

6

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I became aware of Heart Connection through one of the young people that was volunteering for the organization. Her enthusiasm about the organization and programs stimulated my interest and desire to learn more about the organization. I invited the organization to make a presentation to a club of which I am a member. The presentor gave an excellent program, explaining what the organization is doing, what the needs are and how others can become supporive of the organization and its programs. The club members were very pleased and were gratefull for the informaion given and were moved by the presentor's enthusiasm and dedication to the organization's goals.

3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Since its beginning, The Heart Connection has served thousands of children battling cancer and offers programs for siblings and parents as well. The online support and summer camps provide a great way to connect with others battling childhood cancer from every corner of Iowa.