Partner events

Thanks to the efforts of people in our community, we can continue to be there for the entire family, the entire journey. If you’re interested in hosting a fundraising event or promotion benefiting Children’s Cancer Connection, please contact Kelli at

  • Big Wheel Rally

    The Big Wheel Rally is an event held on Ingersoll Avenue in Des Moines each December. For years this event has been an opportunity for friends to get together to show off their creative talents and support Children’s Cancer Connection. Enjoy music, food, big wheels and great friends at the Big Wheel Rally.Click here for event dates.

  • Brant’s Great Pumpkin Festival and Race

    Brant Hamilton was diagnosed with a brain tumor in 2003. After his passing in 2005, Brant’s family decided to set aside his favorite holiday to remember him each year. Brant’s Great Pumpkin Festival and Race began in 2006 and is held each year around Halloween. The festival features a road race, fun family activities, a silent auction and great food. A portion of the proceeds benefit Children’s Cancer Connection. Visit their Facebook page or website for more information. Click here for event dates.

  • Balling for Blake

    Since 2010, Bumping for Blake has been raising funds for Camp Heart Connection through their annual volleyball tournament. If you’re not into volleyball, that’s okay! Bumping for Blake also holds an auction and raffle, as well as a volleyball serving challenge and Kids Korner each year. Check out their Facebook page for photos. Sponsorship inquiries are welcome. Click here for event dates.

  • Connections for Kids Golf Tournament

    "Connections for Kids Golf Tournament" presented by Affinity Credit Union will be held at the beautiful Terrace Hill Golf Course in Altoona, Iowa. The event will include a four-person scramble, lunch buffet, hole contests and great prizes. The lunch and awards receptions will follow the golf. Not a golfer, that’s okay! Sign up to join for lunch and the awards reception. Click here for event dates.

  • A fashion-forward event featuring a fashion show brunch honoring children and families facing childhood cancer, as well as nurses who support these families in Des Moines area hospitals. This year’s event will be held at the Willis Auto Campus Lexus Showroom in Clive. Proceeds will be donated to Children’s Cancer Connection.

  • Danny Joe Memorial Golf

    Danny Joe Cornish is the artist behind the original Heart Connection logo. Danny Joe’s family remembers him by hosting a memorial golf tournament to benefit Children’s Cancer Connection each June in Oskaloosa, Iowa. In 2016, the Danny Joe Memorial Golf Tournament celebrated its 20th year! Click here for event dates.

  • Des Moines Concours d'Elegance

    An invitation-only exhibition of collectible motor vehicles that celebrates the fine art, design evolution and amazing innovations of motor vehicles through the years, as well as the talented designers and engineers that created them. This year’s event will take place at the John and Mary Pappjohn Sculpture Park in Des Moines. Proceeds will be donated to Children’s Cancer Connection. Click here for event dates.

  • Fore the Kids

    A golfing event held at Copper Creek Golf Course in Pleasant Hill, Iowa. This event is put on by the Best and Young families. This is a golf outing with hole prizes, food and more! This event is traditionally held at the beginning of July, and has been a fantastic event benefitting Children's Cancer Connection since 2007. Click here for event dates.

  • Have a Heart 5K

    One of the families we serve is honoring their daughter who fought childhood cancer. The annual Have a Heart 5K event is at Raccoon River Park in West Des Moines. Click here for event dates.

  • Kris Mandt Memorial Car Show

    The annual Kris Mandt Memorial Car Show is part of the Urbandale 4th of July celebration. Half of the proceeds will be donated back to Children’s Cancer Connection. Click here for event dates.

  • Maddy Cunningham’s Classic Volleyball Tournament

    This tournament was started in 2007 to honor Maddy Cunningham, who was diagnosed with cancer that year but is now cancer free! The tournament is held at Sands Volleyball Club in Des Moines, and benefits Children’s Cancer Connection. Click here for event dates.

  • Mosley's Big Pedal Classic

    Hosted by Mosley's BBQ this fun ride is for all skill levels with the end goal being to raise a lot of money for our kid heroes through Children's Cancer Connection. It is sure to be a good time, don't miss it! Cost is $35, add $5 for event shirt, and all proceeds come back to Children's Cancer Connection. Click here for event dates.

  • Race for Hope Des Moines

    An annual event inspired by Nicolas Lovan, a 16-year-old Des Moines native. In November 2012, doctors diagnosed him with an inoperable brain tumor. Despite recently having brain surgery, Nicolas decided to create the Race for Hope Des Moines, a 5K run/walk. His goal was to make this an annual event each May during Brain Tumor Awareness Month to raise research funds, bring the community together, pay tribute to those who have passed and celebrate survivors. Funds generated through this event are donated to the National Brain Tumor Society, Dragon Master Foundation and Children’s Cancer Connection. Click here for event dates.

  • Sweers Family Chiropractic

    Sweers Family Chiropractic is offering services in return for a $50 donation to Children’s Cancer Connection. For a $50 donation, you are entitled to receive a consultation, examination, two X-rays (if necessary) and a written report of the findings ($150 value). Sweers Family Chiropractic is located at 2200 NW 159th Street, Suite #900, Clive, Iowa 50325. To make an appointment please call 515-987-9574.

  • Titan Mob

    Titan Mob is a Mud Run style event organized by a local rave company called the Ultimate Athletic Company. Titan Mob is a five to seven mile extreme obstacle course designed to test your strength, stamina, willpower, camaraderie and desire to succeed. Individuals will be rewarded at the finish line with music, entertainment, drinks, and a huge sense of pride and accomplishment. Click here for event dates.

  • Underwear Run

    Hosted by Lazer 103.3, this is a 1.5 mile FUN RUN! No transitions, no timing chips, no expensive race gear, just hundreds of strangers running in costumes to benefit Children's Cancer Connection! Click here for event dates.