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The Heart Connection

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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

54 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer counselor at both the sibling and oncology camps, and the time there is very special for all involved. This a week where each camper gets to be the star, and it provides such a great support for the whole family. It is a week where miracles happen, and I am blessed to be a part of it.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer for The Heart Connection for 4 years now, and every moment has been a blessing! I have met some amazing kids, and it has been a blessing to hear their stories! The way that these kids talk about camp says it all- camp means the world to these kids, both oncology campers and siblings. It is a place to get away- where they don't have to talk about things that are going on, but if they want to, everyone understands.

6

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered at the Heart Connection Camp a few years ago. It was amazing to see all of the dedication and hard work that went into making kids feel great about themselves, whether they had cancer or had a sibling that did.

6

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been a volunteer for The Heart Connection for over ten years. The compassion that this organization has for children with cancer is genuine and amazing. And their acknoledgement that the needs of the siblings and families is equally important just goes to show how thoughtful and giving The Heart Connection is. It's truely an honor just to be a tiny, tiny part of the big differences that they make in the lives of so many.

6

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Heart Connection is a great organization that has done a lot for the families it serves. The organization is there to help the families through their journey of cancer.

6

Volunteer

Rating: 5

There are no words to convey the amazing impact that The Heart Connection Children's Cancer Programs has on Iowa families affected by childhood cancer. As a volunteer I have been involved with The Heart Connection for the last two years, and the response from children and families is always positive. The organization provides recreation and support to families through their cancer battle and beyond. The Heart Connection is a family to every individual that they serve, and I am very proud to be a part of such a wonderful organization.

6

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer for 4 summers at their sibling and oncology camps. This organization goes above and beyond many other similar organizations in that they not only have programs for the child who has/had cancer, but also the child's siblings and parents as well. The organization's programs from the beloved summer camp to ClubHope to family events allow the oncology kids and their families to be introduced to others who can relate to their experiences and provide a support system for eachother as they face the ups and downs of the battle against cancer. Their programs remind the families and children that they aren't the only ones who have faced the challenges of cancer and that they don't have to face it alone. It is a shame that their aren't more organizations like the Heart Connection throughout the United States.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Heart Connection Children’s Cancer Programs is truly a non-profit organization that changes the lives of children and their families that are affected by cancer. The numerous programs, outings, support and overall assistance that the organization provides truly makes a difference. I’ve nothing but amazing stories and memories of my time working with The Heart Connection and I’d recommend to anyone becoming associated with this organization, whether by volunteering, enjoying their programming or by becoming a “Heart Connection family.” To see the smiles and hear laughter of children who have been through much more than anyone could imagine, is the best medicine for the families and children that this organization touches.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was a counselor at Sibling Camp for the Heart Connection and I can honestly say I have never been part of such an amazing organization in my life. The people running this non-profit are some of the best in the world. They genuinely care for the kids and families who take part in their programs and dedicate their careers to helping these families make their battle with cancer a little easier.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I'm a volunteer with the Heart Connection and the work that is done and the attitudes of the volunteers and staff are what draw me back again and again. Everyone is so loving and genuine, and we all truly want to see the kids and their families have an amazing experience. The summer camps for the kids are amazing, but so are the regular get-togethers throughout the year!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been apart of this organization sense 1989 and I make it a point to be there every year because it means so much to me. At camp I have made friendships that I couldnt make anywhere else. I had brain surgery back in December of 08 and one of my camp buddies sat by me for two days while I was sleeping and only able to days in and out. The people you meet leave their prints on your heart wether they are age five or eighteen, everyone will have an impact.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Heart Connection has been a part of my life now for almost 20 years. When I was younger and sick the organization was there for me and my family and has continued to stay connected. Thanks to the Heart Connection I've now been provided with adult cancer survivor opportunities that have helped me educate myself on staying healthy long after going into remission.

5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering for The Heart Connection for about 3 months and have absolutely loved my there. They provide awesome support for children with cancer and their families and they really are there to assist in every way. During camp, I could see how much it really meant to the kids and the great time they have with others. Camp is where the kids can be themselves and where they can be comfortable around others. The Heart Connection has an awesome network of volunteers that are always willing to help out at programs and especially during camp. The staff of the organization are great, always having new ideas and are never afraid to take on a new challenge. I will definitely continue my attention and time to this organization in the future!

5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered for the Heart Connection because they are an organization that really cares about the kids that deal with cancer every day all year long. They raise money, do camps, run events, sports, shows and much more. I hope to be able to do much more throughout the year to show my support for the Heart Connection.