A Special Adventure

To support families battling childhood cancer, the Deb and Jeff Hansen Foundation introduced “A Special Adventure” to provide families an all-Iowa getaway to spend time together and have fun.

Annually, the Deb and Jeff Hansen Foundation gifts up to 40 Iowa families their choice of four local trips:

Trips will be rotated to provide seasonal options and highlight the family friendly destinations across Iowa.

Special Adventure program trips highlight many of the fun destinations Iowa has to
offer including children’s museums, amusement parks, pumpkin patches, apple orchards,
water parks, unique restaurants, ice cream parlors, and more.

Eligibility and Application Process
This program is designed for families of children diagnosed with cancer and is intended to provide the entire family an all-Iowa getaway. Here are the general eligibility requirements

  • This program is for Iowa families affected by childhood cancer with at least one child in the household who is 18 or younger at the time of application.
  • Families with a child on or off treatment (regardless of treatment outcome) are eligible.
  • Must be a Children’s Cancer Connection Family.
  • Up to two adult caregivers, and siblings residing in your household, are welcome on granted trips.
  • Families are chosen at the discretion of the Application Committee. We will annually award 10 families per trip category, totaling 40 trips each year.
  • Upon completion of this application, you will receive an acknowledgment email noting that your application has been received. If selected, you will be contacted again 6-8 weeks prior to your trip.

Click here to complete the application or follow this link: A Special Adventure Application - Childrens Cancer Connection


Families who have questions about eligibility, or need assistance with the application process should contact:
Bailey Moore
Children’s Cancer Connection
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 515-243-6239 ext. 1106

Families who have been gifted a trip and have questions about their accommodations, reservations or details of a specific Special Adventure Trip should contact:
Madison Lafrenz
Iowa Select Farms
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 641-640-7952

You will be assigned a Children’s Cancer Connection ambassador for all of your weekend-of-trip communication.