No parent is prepared to learn their child has cancer. That’s why Children’s Cancer Connection is here to help you navigate the road ahead. While many great organizations are working to find a cure for the disease afflicting more than 13,500 children each year in the United States, Children’s Cancer Connection strives to provide care following a cancer diagnosis. We offer support, education and recreation for the entire family for the entire journey. Whatever twists and turns you encounter as you adjust to your new normal, you can always count on one thing: Children’s Cancer Connection is dedicated to supporting you the entire way. 

Camp Heart Connection Sibling Camp

Sunday, August 11, 2019 - Saturday, August 17, 2019
Des Moines Y-Camp 1192 166th Drive Boone, IA 50036
Camp Heart Connection Sibling Camp

Sibling Camp provides siblings of children with cancer the opportunity to be the stars of their own week. We hear from siblings that they are often put on the “back burner” as the child with cancer receives a lot of attention, and we use sibling camp to make sure they are in the spotlight. Sibling Camp is also a place to share feelings about being shuffled amongst relatives as parents find ways to be present for the child with cancer. Finally, Sibling Camp is a safe place for bereaved siblings to meet other kids coping with the same thing.

Children’s Cancer Connection was one of the first organizations to recognize that brothers and sisters of children with cancer have their own special needs. Each summer nearly 250 siblings attend their own special week of camp. While they enjoy the camp activities they share their experiences, their fears, worry, anger, and guilt. Sibling camp is a week that provides the children the limelight that they often miss during their siblings’ treatment. Camp for them is also a place where they find support after the loss of a sibling.