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Upcoming Events

Big Wheel Rally @ Zimm's Food & Spirits
Dec 10 @ 11:00 am – 11:00 pm

The Big Wheel Rally is an annual fundraising event held on Ingersoll Ave. in Des Moines, IA. This year will mark the 16th BWR and 15th year working with the Children’s Cancer Connection.

If you would like to order a shirt, make a donation, or sponsor the 2016 Big Wheel Rally please visit the link below. (2016 shirt design and color will be displayed as soon as it’s available…but you can Pre-Order now!)
NOTE: All shirt orders and sponsorships must be completed by 12/01/16.

The Big Wheel Rally is an opportunity for friends to get together and show off their creative talent(s), and help a great cause! The money raised benefits Children’s Cancer Connection. Last year’s rally rose almost $50,000! Please visit their website to find out more about this great organization.

Route details and live music:
Zimm’s – 11:00am – 2:00pm – TBD
GT – 2:00 – 4:00 – TBD
Ingersoll Tap – 2:30 – 4:30 – TBD
Yact Club – 4:30 – 6:30 – TBD
Carl’s – 7:30 – 10:30 – TBD

Thank you for supporting the Big Wheel Rally and Children’s Cancer Connection!

Comfort Connection, Des Moines @ Hansen Home for Hope
Dec 13 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Family Information:
This opportunity is for your family to visit with others that have experienced a similar loss of a child. For some of you your loss was more recent, there will be time to talk about what your family is experiencing.   For others, you’ve been through the holidays and know what it is like to miss a milestone… you can help others understand and share what you did to get through it.

Comfort Connection – Des Moines – meets the 2nd Tuesday of every month. If you are interested in attending, please email

Volunteer Information:
2-3 volunteers are needed to help with childcare during one of CCC’s monthly support groups, Comfort Connection. Comfort Connection is a place for parents or other adults who have ever cared for a child with cancer to connect with one another. All volunteers are required to pass a background test. To volunteer, click here. For more information about volunteering, please email or call 515-243-6239 ext. 1105

Volunteer Orientation @ Hansen Home for Hope
Jan 5 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am

Volunteers are an important part of every aspect of our organization. They provide “behind the scenes” administrative and clerical support, contribute an essential element to fundraising efforts, staff summer camps and other programs, and provide leadership to the organization. Without the support of volunteers, Children’s Cancer Connection would not be able to provide the services that so many children and families touched by cancer need.

We encourage anyone interested in volunteering with Children’s Cancer Connection to attend a volunteer orientation.

Here is the link to sign up for orientation: Orientations take place every first Thursday of the month with two time options, 10:30am-11:30am and 5:30pm-6:30pm. Our office, the Hansen Home for Hope, is located at 2708 Grand Ave in Des Moines (directly across the street from Jimmy Johns).

If you haven’t already, please visit the Volunteer section of our website. Choose the “Volunteer” Tab. Here you will find “Volunteer Opportunities” in the drop down menu.

Can you imagine the fear, anger, confusion, and pure shock of having your child diagnosed with cancer? Children’s Cancer Connection exists to provide support, education, and recreation for the entire family throughout the entire journey. Many great organizations are working to find cures for the more than 13,500 children diagnosed each year in the United States. Children’s Cancer Connection strives to provide the care of a cancer diagnosis.

Cancer Doesn’t Care… but We Do!

Children’s Cancer Connection is a nonprofit based in Des Moines, Iowa helping all pediatric patients and their families who may be diagnosed, treated, or lives in Iowa. We support the entire family, the entire journey through programs and services which are provided at little cost or free for families. We offer support groups for parents, siblings, teens and young adults, oncology and sibling summer camps, survivorship services, scholarships, and various resource and education materials. This is made possible thanks to many caring people providing funding and volunteer support. Annually, Children’s Cancer Connection uses more than 35,000 volunteer hours to provide our programs and services. Donations to help kids with cancer and their families are received from many sources. Children’s Cancer Connection hosts fundraising efforts like the Flapjack 5k / 10k run and Camping the Night Away. We sell Christmas and Holiday Cards drawn by the children we serve. We receive donations from individuals, clubs and corporations. We are supported by grants from foundations. Fund Raising by Friends is one of our best resources – individuals and companies host fundraising events from bake sales to volleyball tournaments, and from golf outings to garage sales and they choose Children’s Cancer Connection to benefit from their charity event. They are partners in our effort to bring comfort to families affected by pediatric cancer.

We invite you to explore our site and learn more about how you can be part of our effort to support Children’s Cancer Connection.

The Entire Family … The Entire Journey