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Our Mission is to provide immediate and ongoing support for Connecticut Children with cancer and their families, through our in-hospital programs and by guiding them to local services and resources. As families with children who have had cancer, we understand the feelings of isolation and helplessness. Circle of Care brings community, support and hope to families with cancer.
Circle of Care for families of children with cancer, inc. is a local 501(c)(3), all-volunteer organization, founded by three Fairfield County (New Canaan and Wilton) mothers of children with pediatric cancer to provide practical and emotional aid to families that have been devastated by childhood cancer.
Our organization includes the following six programs:
1) Bags of Love reach parents at the time of diagnosis - at the first hospital admission. Each Bag of Love is filled with necessities such as meal vouchers, parking passes, phone cards, a toy for the child and personal care items.
2) Lifeline is a telephone mentor program for newly diagnosed families connecting families with others who have been through this experience.
3) The Connexions program provides laptop computers to the hospitals for in-patient use, giving each child Internet access to stay connected with siblings, friends, and school and to allow parents to research their children’s cancers while in-patient.
4) Circle of Care Volunteers are active at Yale New Haven’s Smilow Cancer Center and their outpatient clinic in Guilford, giving caretakers much-needed breaks and providing a diversion for children receiving treatment.
5) Art from the Heart transforms cancer patients’ home bedrooms into personal dream rooms. Dream Rooms are offered by lottery three times a year and high school students and adult volunteers do all of the work.
6) Lifeline Emergency Fund is a financial assistance program aimed at alleviating some of the financial difficulties many families experience when their children are undergoing treatment for cancer.
Circle of Care has also written and published The Purple Pages, an extensive guide to resources available to the families of Connecticut children who have cancer. Active in April 2007, and redesigned in 2010 to be more user friendly and interactive, Circle of Care’s website provides on-line information and support.
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