Making Life Better for Children with Cancer
The Deb and Jeff Hansen Foundation is proud to support Children’s Cancer Connection’s Hansen Home for Hope.
Located just minutes from Blank Children’s Hospital, the Hansen Home for Hope offers a place for families with children undergoing oncology treatments to gather for events, programs and numerous services for patients, parents and siblings. Hansen Home for Hope also provides a warm and welcoming space for families utilizing services and care at Blank Children’s Hospital to do laundry, take a shower, cook a meal and relax.
My Journey Series Offers Lovable Friend
Children diagnosed with cancer have a loveable, huggable friend by their side, thanks to the Deb and Jeff Hansen Foundation and Iowa Select Farms. Louie Lionheart ™ has been introduced to the Foundation-funded My Journey Series™— a Children’s Cancer Connection program that provides resources and support to Iowa families affected by childhood cancer.
The My Journey Series—which includes the My Journey Book™, Louie Lionheart and Beads4Bravery™— is available to patients and families at Blank Children’s Hospital in Des Moines and the University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital in Iowa City. The Courage Store is also available at Blank Children’s Hospital.
Currently 590 Iowa families participate in the My Journey Series. The My Journey Series is provided to families at no cost thanks to the generosity of the Deb and Jeff Hansen Foundation.
The program gives families the My Journey Book which allows them to not only track treatments and identify support networks, but also document the entire journey.
In addition to the My Journey Book, young patients are introduced to Beads4Bravery™— a program offering children a unique bead for each difficult stage of treatment.
Nearly 60 unique beads are housed at both Iowa children’s hospitals and represent procedures such as port access, radiation, surgery, ultrasound, blood transfusion and stem cell harvest.
The Courage Store allows children to redeem hard-earned Bravery Bucks™ after some of their most challenging treatments.
The Courage Store is stocked with figures, board games, card games, books, stickers, dolls, puzzles and superhero costumes.
Gift cards are supplied for teenagers for places like Target, Amazon and the Apple Store so they can download apps or pick out items such as headphones or books.
The Deb and Jeff Hansen Foundation’s support of the My Journey Series is part of its ongoing commitment to making life easier for families battling childhood cancer.