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THE HEART CONNECTION
July 31, 2009

I was introduced to the Heart Connection when my 3 yr. old son, Derek, was diagnosed with brain cancer November 2007. The staff provided a treatment book to help us keep track of all of the procedures, appointments, doctors, and medicines he would need for the next 16 months. Later the Heart Connection further help our family by allowing our daughter 6 yr old Jenna to go to camp with other siblings with the same experiences as her. She realized she was not alone and it allowed her to escape from the realities of cancer and enjoy being a child. She is anxiously awaiting camp this year and has already said she wants to be a counselor when the time comes. In addition, the Heart Connection has helped us with the creation of ClupHOPE, an organization fo parents caring for children in any stage of diagnosis, treatment, recovery, or rememberance. Families can meet and discuss the struggles they are facing with caring individuals who understand the problems, The warmth and caring offered by the Heart Connection is unsurpassed. Heart Connection events are a highlight on the calendar and always something to look forward to in the month. It is a respite from the stress and worries that treatment brings. It is an environment of trust, respect, fun, and love.

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

creation of ClubHOPE to assist families.

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

their willingness to help children and families in many ways other than just the camps. The Heart Connection looks to the people who use their services and alter where needed.

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

the best in the world. Always upbeat and happy and willing to help.

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

Touch even more children and families.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

MY ROLE:
Volunteer & Assist in the camps by serving on the parents panels and helping with registrations.