Author: Abby Coppola

Register Today for Go Fore Gold

Go Fore Gold Go Fore Gold is a 4-person scramble which benefits Children’s Cancer Connection. The golf outing raises awareness and funds during Childhood Cancer Awareness month in September. Teams of four will enjoy lunch, 18 holes of golf with carts, drinks, contests, raffle prizes and more! All of this fun is held at the beautiful Toad Valley Golf Course

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Donor Spotlight: Ockenfels Family Foundation

In this current school year, 10 CCC college students are attending school with a little help from the Empowering Scholarship program. The Ockenfels Family Foundation leads the way in donor contributions to this key CCC support program. “In 1972, my sister Debbie (pictured at left) passed away from cancer at the age of 17,” said Andy Ockenfels. “The American Cancer

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Meet Volunteer Will Krueger

Meet one of CCC’s fantastic volunteers, Will Krueger! Will currently attends the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls.  Will began his journey with Children’s Cancer Connection as an Oncology Camper. He was diagnosed with leukemia at the age of 4. He completed treatment in 2011, and spent years at Camp Heart Connection programs! “I was motivated to start volunteering

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Welcome Events Manager Abby Coppola

Abby Coppola joined the CCC team in November 2023. She is an Iowa native and graduated from Iowa State University with a bachelor’s degree in Event Management and a minor in Public Relations. As Events Manager, Abby is responsible for managing logistics of all internal and third-party fundraising events, as well as assisting with behind-the-scenes processes for the development team.

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Apply for Empowering Scholarships

The next CCC Empowering Scholarships application period is now through Jan. 31. Thanks to generous donors, we’re honored to provide scholarships to students for furthering their education.  Individuals in Iowa who have or have had cancer before age 18 and siblings of those individuals can apply now! These scholarships are for CCC high school students headed to a trade school, college or

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Meet Volunteer Erin Renze

Meet one of CCC’s fantastic volunteers, Erin Renze! Erin is an Iowa native but now lives in Omaha, NE. She’s a pediatric congenital cardiac anesthesiologist at Children’s Nebraska in Omaha.  Erin first volunteered with Children’s Cancer Connection several years ago with in-hospital/in-clinic arts and crafts activities, and in arts and crafts at Oncology and Sibling camps while she was working

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Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities

Children’s Cancer Connection relies on volunteers to make 60+ programs possible for Iowa families as well as to run fundraising and awareness events. Please browse through our list of upcoming volunteer opportunities, and join us! Existing volunteers can review specifics and sign up for shifts in the CCC Volunteer Portal unless otherwise noted. New volunteers can sign up to join

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Meet the Board: Jennifer Hauschildt

Jennifer Hauschildt joined the Children’s Cancer Connection Board of Directors in 2022. She is a member of the Executive Committee and the Governance Committee. Her interest in the Board came after she attended a CCC fundraising event. “One of my co-workers has a child who was diagnosed with cancer. He and his family attended camps and really felt supported by

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