Making a Difference in the Lives of Children with Cancer
What does it mean to have an "impact" on a child who is in treatment for cancer?
We can't change the diagnosis, but we can bring a measure of relief along the journey. We can change moments. We can let these families know they're not alone. We can be with them on their journey at crucial points, and that's how we have a very direct and powerful impact on the children in treatment here in our community.
Our unique combination of programs provide practical, emergency, financial and emotional support to address the non-medical needs of children with cancer.
Circle of Care, and I don’t generally speak this way, they’re like angels of mercy. They’re the right people at the right place at the right time, during something no parent should have to go through. -- Julian, Hannah's father
Established in 2003 by families whose children battled cancer, we have grown from being a local organization helping limited numbers of families to one that now operates state-wide and has earned the trust and respect of the medical community, corporations, foundations and individual donors. We have reached over 2,800 families, delivering Bags of Love to every child in Connecticut on the day of diagnosis, transforming over 115 rooms through our DreamRoom makeover program, and providing over $2 million in direct emergency financial support to families struggling to make ends meet while caring for their sick child.
Circle of Care prides itself on having a direct impact on the children and families we serve. While there are metrics that can be used to gauge the impact of any individual program, maybe the most important measure of our impact is the response we get from the families we serve.
"I cannot thank Circle of Care enough for your generosity. As you know, this is a very trying time for us with our entire focus on our son’s well-being. It is very difficult for us to work when our son is literally screaming in pain. Fortunately, we are both self-employed and we do not have a limitation on time-off. Unfortunately, when we don’t work, we don’t earn any money. Your generosity will help us to keep our heads above water. When your child is suffering, nothing else matters, and financial concerns become secondary, although not to the bill collectors…"
Our services are available to all children who are residents of Connecticut, regardless of need. While most are treated at Yale New Haven Children's Hospital and Connecticut Children’s Medical Center – the only two pediatric cancer treatment centers in the state - we also support children from Connecticut who are treated elsewhere in the country.