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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 will host Camping the Night Away Cedar Rapids on Thursday, Oct. 6. The signature Eastern Iowa fundraising event for CCC’s free camp programs will take place at The HarMac in downtown Cedar Rapids. It will feature a delicious line-up of food, cocktails, a silent auction, music and incredible raffles. Eight-person tables and individual tickets are available. Individual tickets are $40. The cost to reserve a table of eight is $400.

Children's Cancer Connection is about the entire family, so why not spend a weekend at Camp Heart Connection Fall Family Camp? This particular camp program provides an opportunity for the entire family to experience the joys of camp and connect with other families experiencing a similar journey. This year, Fall Family Camp will take place at the Y Camp Wapsie in Coggon, Iowa. We are so excited to see you there for fun activities like GaGa ball, zip-lining, archery, arts and crafts, tie-dye and more!

Children’s Cancer Connection (CCC) selected 12 students to receive Empowering Scholarships for the 2022-2023 school year. A total of $20,000 will help recipients further their education.

Children’s Cancer Connection is excited to host Maddy’s Classic on Saturday, Aug. 27 at Xtreme Beach Volleyball Courts in Waukee. Sponsorship opportunities and team slots are still available.

On June 16, the Iowa State Fraternal Order of Eagles gifted statewide nonprofit Children's Cancer Connection (CCC) $124,840.26. CCC was the organization’s 2021-2022 State Charity under Presidents Bob Beals (Des Moines) and Eva Knepp (Iowa City).

Children’s Cancer Connection (CCC) congratulates its Board President Julie Anderson-Suddarth, MD for receiving the Iowa Governor’s Volunteer Award.

Children's Cancer Connection thanks The Viking Foundation of Lincoln for its support of 2022 Camp Heart Connection Day Camps. The Foundation generously awarded CCC with a grant to help make Day Camps possible. 

Jenny Harmeyer has been hired as Development Manager for Children's Cancer Connection. Welcome, Jenny!

Children's Cancer Connection is the official charity partner of the Oct. 16, 2022 IMT Des Moines Marathon. As a part of "Team CCC", participants can earn a free marathon or half marathon registration for raising funds for CCC.

Meet Children's Cancer Connection's new Accounting & Office Manager, Ashley Middle.

Jenna's Jam 3.0 is a bike ride set for Saturday, July 16, benefitting Children’s Cancer Connection camp programs in honor of Jenna Falbo. This is a 25-mile bike ride in Des Moines with a fun champagne toast and more at the finish.

The Above + Beyond Cancer Hotel Program is a cooperative effort with participating hotels to provide complimentary nights of lodging as available to cancer patients who must travel at least 50 miles for outpatient treatment.

Children's Cancer Connection (CCC) held its annual Camping the Night Away fundraiser on May 12. Nearly $75,000 was raised, which is a record total for this event.

The Camp Heart Connection Camp-In-A-Box and a Virtual Camp are available for those who are not able to attend 2022 Summer Camps in-person!

CCC kids ages 5-12 - both the child diagnosed and siblings - can register for July 2022 Day Camps now! Enjoy field trips, crafts, snacks and more at no cost.

Are you a Registered Nurse, Certified Nursing Assistant or other licensed medical professional? Children’s Cancer Connection (CCC) would love for you to join us as a volunteer at 2022 Summer Camp Programs.

Based on recent conversations between CCC staff and the organization's Medical Committee, the decision was made to no longer require masks to be worn at CCC programs and events.

Children's Cancer Connection came out on top in the Farrell's Extreme Bodyshaping FXG Charity Challenge, which includes a $5,000 donation to the organization.

Meet Children's Cancer Connection's new Marketing & Communications Director, Summer Evans.

On the CCC blog, we’re highlighting donors to share the impact they’re making and show our appreciation for their support!

New York Life Foundation awarded a grant of $23,000 to Children’s Cancer Connection in 2019 to support the development of a digital My Journey Book for families facing a pediatric cancer diagnosis. Long-time CCC advocate, Josh Ervasti of R2 Financial Strategies, nominated CCC for the grant.

Watch and listen to Dr. Julie Anderson-Suddarth, Dr. Wendy Woods-Swafford, and other hospital and CCC staff share some important information about Camp Heart Connection 2022!

We’d like to recognize the following outgoing board members for their years of dedicated service to Children's Cancer Connection. 

While they won’t be on the board, we know we won’t miss their long-time support! We sincerely appreciate your commitment of time and expertise to advancing our mission. 

Dr. Julie Anderson-Suddarth is a Pediatric Emergency Medicine and Sedation physician at Blank Children’s Hospital and serves as chair of the Children's Cancer Connection Board of Directors.

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.