Author: Summer Evans

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IAHF and Des Moines Concours Present $11,561 to CCC

On Friday, Jan. 11, the Iowa Automotive Heritage Foundation (IAHF) and Des Moines Concours presented Children’s Cancer Connection with a check for $11,561 made up of $10,000 from the IAHF and the rest donated by day-of-event attendees. CCC is the official charity partner of the annual Des Moines Concours d’Elegance show. Children’s Cancer Connection CEO Jennifer Hines said “We’re so

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Exploration Expedition Taking Off March 10-12

Exploration Expedition, with funding from Lead Supporter Prairie Meadows, is set to depart again this spring! Teens ages 13 through graduating seniors can explore the Council Bluffs area of western Iowa with a group of fun friends March 10-12. Transportation, meals and housing will be provided free of charge.  Visit museums, try to get out of an escape room, and

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Register for the 2023 Dodgeball Tournament

Get ready for the 2nd Annual Children’s Cancer Connection Dodgeball Tournament! It will be held Saturday, March 25, beginning at 9 a.m. at Johnston High School. Gather your team members and battle for the trophy while supporting free CCC programs for families affected by childhood cancer. Teams of friends, family, co-workers, clubs and others from all over Iowa are welcome

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IMT Des Moines Marathon Donates $16,875

On Dec. 13, 2022, IMT Des Moines Marathon Director of Racing & Events Chris Burch (center) presented Children’s Cancer Connection with an donation! Between 2022 race registrations and individual runner donations, the Marathon donated $16,875.08. This is in addition to the $10,000 IMT Insurance gifted to CCC as the event’s official charity partner. Thanks so much to both of these

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Be a Part of Campership Challenge

Campership Challenge is an easy online way to help support Children’s Cancer Connection’s many Camp Heart Connection programs. While all of CCC’s camp programs are offered at no cost to Iowa families, they DO take a significant budget to operate. Campership Challenge was created to allow individuals a chance to raise funds for these one-of-a-kind camps that mean so much

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Kid Cancer Crushers Gives Donation to CCC

Major thanks go out to nonprofit Kid Cancer Crushers for raising an incredible $16,591 for Children’s Cancer Connection. Kid Cancer Crushers is run by the Krakau Family. They are also a CCC family! The group’s Sept. 18 Party at the Park event in Waukee brought in $33,182, which was split between CCC and The Children’s Oncology Group Foundation. Thanks for

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CCC Receives Best of COCA Awards

Children’s Cancer Connection (CCC)’s Camp Heart Connection was recognized by the Children’s Oncology Camping Association – International (COCA-I). Camp Heart Connection provides free camp experiences to Iowa families affected by childhood cancer. Camp Director Jourdan Reed was the Region 3 recipient of the COCA-I’s Camp Spirit Award. These awards are given to those who exemplify true camp spirit in all that

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Summer Camp Volunteers Needed

Camp Heart Connection’s (CHC) Oncology and Sibling Camps are going back to their original week-long structure in 2023. We can’t wait to “Welcome Home” hundreds of excited campers. But, we need YOUR help to make it all happen! The camp volunteer applications are now open. Camp dates are June 11-17 and Aug. 13-19, 2023, and camp is located in Boone.

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CCC to “Welcome Home” Campers

In 2023, Children’s Cancer Connection’s Oncology Camp and Sibling Camp will both return to their pre-pandemic structures. That means hundreds of Iowa youth diagnosed with cancer at age 18 or younger, as well as their siblings will again get the full, in-person Camp Heart Connection experience! The theme this year is “Welcome Home,” as it’s the first time the normal weeklong schedule for children only has been possible since 2019,

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