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Children's Cancer Connection Blog

Take a look through the CCC blog for news, announcements, events, family programs, and volunteer opportunities!

Children’s Cancer Connection announced plans today to move to a new facility in Johnston in early January 2022. Children’s Cancer Connection CEO Jennifer Hines says the new Jeff and Deb Hansen Home for Hope is ADA compliant, has more parking space, is in a family-friendly neighborhood, and has more room for programs and activities.

On this Hello Iowa segment with Megan Reuther, NCMIC Director of IT Operations Keith Muhlbauer shares his involvement with Children’s Cancer Connection and CCC CEO Jennifer Hines shares the organization's mission and how you can support the families they serve this holiday season. 

Mark your calendars for Together We Care at Applebee's Grill + Bar Merle Hay location on November 23rd!

All day, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., order from their special Together We Care menu and proceeds will go to Children's Cancer Connection.

Learn more about our board of directors and what they do for Children’s Cancer Connection. Read about the board’s role at CCC, their various committees, and the members that serve on it.

To help with the cost of further education, CCC provides Empowering Scholarships for book reimbursement and tuition assistance to childhood cancer survivors and their siblings (residing, treated, or diagnosed in the state of Iowa).

On Hello Iowa, Megan Reuther sat down with Lily Scott, our marketing director and also mom to childhood cancer survivor, Nora, to talk about ways that you can continue to support families affected by pediatric cancer. 

Children’s Cancer Connection has received a grant from Variety - the Children’s Charity to fund its 2022 Camp Heart Connection Teen Camp, a weekend-long camp for teens to enjoy traditional camp activities, as well as Exploration Expedition, a trip for teens adventure to various parts of Iowa each year and discover all that the state has to offer.

‘You never think it’ll be you, and then it is’: Three mothers of children with cancer share their experiences

The Business Record talked with three mothers of pediatric cancer patients – one whose child is a cancer survivor, one whose child died from cancer and one whose child is currently fighting cancer. 

“In 2014, Lexi was in and out of clinics and hospitals due to constantly having viruses and strep throat-like illnesses with high fevers. It even got to the point of a referral to an ENT who couldn't find anything then.

Meet Genevieve Pietruszynski, pediatric cancer survivor and Camp Heart Connection volunteer.

"I’ve been coming to camp for a long time! I was diagnosed with cancer at a young age, so I’ve been coming to oncology camp as soon as I was old enough and have loved it ever since...

Meet Amara Shade, sister of a pediatric cancer survivor and CCC family member.

“A kid having cancer doesn’t only change them, but those around them. My youngest brother Marquez was diagnosed with cancer when I was ending my last year of elementary school. As a kid who hadn’t known much about cancer all I knew was I was fear-ridden...

Meet Jessie Todd, mom of a pediatric cancer survivor and CCC family member.

"Our oldest son Lincoln was born perfect and healthy and we felt complete and also kind of like pros - like we knew what we were doing. Then he got this little rash. The rash got worse despite our best efforts to comfort him...

Meet Matt Dutton, pediatric cancer survivor and Camp Heart Connection volunteer.

"I was diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma when I was three years old, and had about six months of treatment. As soon as I was old enough to attend camp when I was five, I was hooked...

In an effort to increase awareness and raise funds for families affected by pediatric cancer, Childhood Cancer Awareness Month (CCAM) is internationally recognized in September.

Go gold with us! Show your support in honor and in memory of the many cancer warrior kids.

Here are some easy ways you can Go Gold...

Sammons Financial Group presented a check for $12,000 to Children’s Cancer Connection after the organization was selected through their Community Outreach Program, in which teams of Sammons Financial Group employees each choose an organization to receive a portion of the company’s annual charitable budget.

Meet the Codd Family

A special bond between special people.

We asked the kids at our programs about the allusive animal that is LOVE.

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    ProFarms Tractor Pull
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    Team Lexi