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Circle of Care for Families With Cancer, Incorporated

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Cancer, Emergency Assistance, Health, Human Services, Pediatrics

Mission: Our mission is to provide immediate and ongoing peer support to families of children with cancer. Our programs are designed to provide families with everyday essentials to ease the burden of hospitalization, facilitate research and communication with family and friends, brighten a sick child's room, and generally support the family through the difficult days following a cancer diagnosis.

Programs: Bags of love: provides a care package to families in the hospital on the day their child is diagnosed with cancer. Bags include toiletries, meal & parking vouchers, journal, purple pages-a resource guide, toy for child, blanket. We gave out 107 bags which provided comfort and valuable resources.

lifeline emergency funds provide financial assistance to families by giving gas and grocery cards as well as paying creditors directly for outstanding bills, these are capped at 1,500 annually. The hospital staff recommends families. We helped 133 households and 532 individuals ease the financial burdens they were facing.

art from the heart gives a child a home bedroom makeover which includes paint, linens, curtains and some furniture. Most of the work is done by high school volunteers. 13 rooms were completed and we were able to provide a distraction and cheer up these children. Children are selected by lottery.

holiday program provides gifts to children who are in the hospital on halloween and valentines day. We also distributes gifts to mothers and fathers who are spending mother's day and father's day in the hospital with their children. Helped 112 families cost: 1,902 hospital volunteer program trains and provides crafts and games to volunteerswho work at smilow cancer center in new haven in either the clinical or in-patient units. We have 30 volunteers working cost: 112 newsletter informs families of our programs and how we can help. Cost: 4,464 website provides information about resources to families. Cost: 5,876

Community Stories

6 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Laurie H.

Client Served

Rating: 5

A truly amazing organization. My son was diagnosed with hodgekins lymphoma at the beginning of summer of his sixth grade year. As most kids were celebrating the start of the summer we were in a hospital and then housebound most of the time. It seemed like every day I was telling what he could NOT do. No going in the sun, no going in the water, no crowds, etc. It was a very lonely and sad time. There was very few positive things I could offer him to take his mind off of this very scary situation. During the chemo there seemed to be very little room for joy. Then came circle of care. They were amazing. They got him involved in the room decoration and had all kinds of ideas. He was able to share with his friends something positive and fun HE was doing! I think it gave him something to focus on and look forward to. It was one of the few things he could actually enjoy and still gets enjoyment out of to this day. It was a wonderful gift which lifted his spirits in a way nothing else could. I can't say enough about these wonderful people who give so much of their time and energy to make complete strangers happy. Thank you circle of care!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

My daughter was diagnosed with brain Cancer at the age of 10.
During her treatment, I was unable to work...adding to the pressure of an already devastating illness.
Circle of care provided us with Gas Cards and Grocery Store Cards.
They always seemed to come when we were at the end of our rope.
God Bless Circle of Care.
By the way my daughter just celebrated her 4th year as a Survivor !!!
E.S., Fairfield, CT

1 Tricia B.

Client Served

Rating: 5

At 2 pm we were told to head to the hospital asap to treat my daughter who had Leukemia. It a shocked state, we rushed ourselves there and forgot many items. Circle of Care had a bag of necessities in the hospital waiting for us. There were cards from children and as I said many necessities for my daughter and for myself and husband. They knew exactly what we would forget! Also, high school students visited the oncologist office often to do crafts with the sick children. My daughter won a room makeover from Circle of Care-her room was redone the way she wanted it! It was awesome having them come to our house and do this for us. They even made sure my older daughter was in the loop and treated her great! Dawn and the girls were wonderful! We will never forget them. They were a shining star during an awful time of our lives. Thank-you!!!!!!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

"Your son has cancer". Our world came crashing down. We were moved from the Emergency Department to an inpatient room that was to be our home for the next four weeks. On the bed was a large, zippered bag. A bag filled with comfort. A fresh shirt for me (we'd been in the ER all day), an oral thermometer to keep track of any infections (how many times a day did I use that during treatment?), a pen, a pad of paper (how else could we keep track of what the doctors were saying?), lots of other gear and a very important stuffed bear for a very scared little boy. Circle of Care, a bunch of strangers I've never met, brought our family into their circle of love at a time when we needed it most. We are forever grateful.

Jeannine F.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We were connected with Karen with Art From the Heart through a social worker from our daughter's oncologist's office. Though her a makeover was done on the room she shares with her sister, the results of which are amazing! We were so impressed with the kindness shown to our entire family. This is a wonderful organization.

Client Served

Rating: 5

When we received a call from Karen from Art from the Heart, we had no words that could thank her organization enough. Through the Maria Ferrari Childrens hospital, where my daughter Rosie was diagnosed and treated for Hodgkins Lymphoma, she was contacted by AFTH and had a room makeover that she is thrilled with. Our family is forever grateful for this wonderful charity and all the special people we met.