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February 24, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 24, 2011

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.

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

volunteering

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

no changes. They continue to provide many programs to families when the need arises.

February 14, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 14, 2011

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.

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

watching my grandson who has reaped the results of this fantastic camp.

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I'm sure there is something that can be improved on, as with any organization. However, I don't have personal knowledge and only know how my grandson and daughter rave about this camp. For life threatening illnesses all children need to have this positive experience.

February 11, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 11, 2011

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.

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I see the friends my grandchildren have made at camp and the patients remembered from the hospital and they are good memories.

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

win the contest for them

July 30, 2009

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July 30, 2009

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!

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

how happy volunteers are in that they get back far more than they feel they give! The kids smiles are incredible and make every minute of volunteering worth it!

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

in spite of the frustrations of dealing with cancer, The Heart Connection strives to make each day a little brighter.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

July 30, 2009

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July 30, 2009

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!

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

the effects they have on the children involved

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

want to expand to more camps and events for the children each year. Possibly expand outside of Des Moines.

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

the way everyone really exemplifies the mission of the organization.

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

always helpful and great with the kids.

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

allow so many children with cancer to enjoy a camp experience and allow for resources for their families on dealing with this illness.

Ways to make it better...

they had more funding for a larger staff.

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

not enough recognition to allow for fundraising and necessary expansion.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

July 29, 2009

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July 29, 2009

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.

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

the daily lives of children, whether a cancer patient or sibling of a cancer patient.

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

not know where to start because they do so much!

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

the devoted staff with huge hearts.

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

one in a million.

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

touch an incredible amount of lives and let kids be kids without the label of cancer.

Ways to make it better...

I could have spent more time volunteering

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

funding.

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

I think their staff is fantastic!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

July 29, 2009

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July 29, 2009

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.

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

the lives of the children that go to their camps while also seeing the difference it makes in the staff members who volunteer their time.

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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 feeling of family that they give off. Making the best out of any situation and being optimistic not only for the children and families they serve but also themselves.

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

amazing, dedicated and loving people. You can't imagine the devotion they feel towards these childrens.

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

change the lives of many more kids then they already do. They could open more offices around Iowa and the midwest. Also, have money to build more at their camps and sponsor more kids for camp.

Ways to make it better...

They had more money to staff more people.

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

budgets.

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

thank you. For all of the difference you have made and will make.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

July 22, 2009

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July 22, 2009

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.

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

The positive results of the Camp Programs.

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

The wise use of their financial resources

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

Dedicated and sold on what Heart Connection has done and continues to do.

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

It could do wondrs in helping and serving cancer survivers and their families.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

July 13, 2009

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July 13, 2009

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.

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

the lives they have made happier

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Ways to make it better...

There was more time to help

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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