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Review for The Heart Connection, Des Moines, IA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

We've been associated with The Heart Connection since my son was diagnosed with a rare bone cancer in 2000. They are an indespensible resource for children and families dealing with childhood cancer. It's hard enough for kids to go through the rigors of cancer treatment and feel "different" from all their friends. Their summer camp allows these kids to act like normal kids for a week and have the true summer camp expereicne without other kids staring at their lack of hair, their wheelchair, braces, crutches, etc. My son has attended camp numerous times with braces and crutches and has had an amazing time and will be continuing as an adult counselor. They also provide support group services for families including on for the survivors who have beomce adults, addressing the possible after affects of their treatments and helping them move forward. It's not just a charity that sends kids to camp, they look for needs in every aspect of dealing with childhood cancer and try to fill them. INVALUABLE pretty much sums up The Heart Connection. - Carol L

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

Through my son's attendance at their summer camps and other events sponsored by The Heart Connection. They help the kids feel "normal" when that is the farthest thing from their life at that moment. They educate and assist in any and all needs.

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

give them more staff to continue their work, they were hit by the recession just like everyone else.

Role:  Client Served & Held fundraisers to sponsor cabins at The Heart Connection summer camps, worked their gift wrapping station at the mall during the holidays and help setup their huge Christmas tree at the mall.