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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

42 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters


Client Served

Rating: 5

Amazing. There is no other way to put it. this camp helped me and my brothers cope with my little brother getting treated for a malignant brain tumor. Ever since 2001 my older brothers and I have attended this camp and my younger brother has gone to the camp for survivors. We all plan to come back as counselors.


Client Served

Rating: 5

My son's first experience with Heart Connection was shortly after his cancer diagnosis. He attended Oncology Camp and was able to interact other children in various phases of treatment. Later my daughter attended Sibling Camp where the focus was on her, rather than on her brother. We are grateful that Heart Connection has been a significant part of our lives for the past 16 years.