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When a child is diagnosed with cancer the news is devastating, everything changes in an instant. Immediate hospitalization is often required, far from home, family and friends with no time to pack or plan. Sudden immersion into hospital life and learning a whole new vocabulary while keeping up with blood counts, protocols, the merits of clinical trials, necessary scans, impending surgeries and side effects of radiation and chemotherapy drugs is overwhelming.
Circle of Care was started by three moms who met during their children’s own battle with pediatric cancer. We looked to each other for support, information and a sense of belonging. We shared our stories and tips for how to cope. Through all the laughter and tears during the years of treatment our children endured, we knew we had to give back. We wanted to share what we had learned and help those just beginning this journey. Having been there we knew just where to start. We began with Bags of Love, our day of diagnosis care package, and have since expanded to offer 6 programs throughout Connecticut. In July of 2003, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit foundation was formed under the sponsorship of the Connecticut Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics’ Foundation for Children, Inc. and Circle of Care was born.
Our In-Hospital and Support Network Programs are designed to meet the immediate needs of newly diagnosed families.
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Circle of Care continues to grow through the commitment of our volunteers, the support of private and corporate Donors and the guidance of our Advisory Board of pediatricians, child psychologists, and pediatric oncologists. Meet Circle of Care’s Board of Directors.