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Who We Are
Childhood Cancer Connection, Inc. (CCCI)is a non-profit 501 (c)(3) organization supporting children and their families diagnosed with cancer and blood disorders. Activities include: The Rainbow Connection Camp, community education, holiday parties, parent support activities, and outings.
In the spring of 1984, a group of health professionals who worked with children with cancer at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston got together to explore the possibility of organizing a summer camp experience as a way to provide additional psycho social support for those children. A proposal was written and physicians from the Division of Pediatric Hematology and Oncology endorsed the idea. The task force gathered information from other camps to learn more about planning and implementing a successful summer camp program. In January 1985, after a newspaper article was published about the dream of The Rainbow Connection, the camp received its very first donation and the dream began to gain substance. Finally on June 30, 1985, the dream became a reality as The Rainbow Connection opened its doors and took 19 young children with cancer to summer camp for the very first time. Since that summer, The Rainbow Connection has continued to provide exciting summer camp experiences to children with cancer. In 1987, the program expanded to include Teen Excursions. In 1991, the camp was opened to siblings. In 1995, the first week long family camp was held in Estes Park, Colorado.
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Join the Board
CCCI is ran by a purely volunteer board.
Board members are elected or re-elected at the Childhood Cancer Connection annual meeting in November. Renewable two-year terms run from January 1 through December 31. During that time, board members are asked to:.
- Attend scheduled monthly board meetings
- Volunteer for fundraising & community activities
- Participate on at least two standing committees
Each committee focuses on a key area of activity, which divides the board's work into more manageable tasks. Each special committee is made up of individual members of the board who work directly with volunteers (non board members) and sponsors. Committees will review options and committee chairs will regularly present their findings and recommendations to the board as a whole during the general board meeting.
Interested in volunteering in a special committee please send a message to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our Executive Board
- Lance Hallberg, President Current Board Member Since 2013 Lance Hallberg is an Assistant Professor in…
- Michael Jonson, Vice President Current Biography/Credentials
- Janis Matthews, Past President Biography/Credentials
- Ashley Matthews, Secretary
- Catalina Castro, Camp Director Biography/Credentials
- Tayna Vazquez, Treasurer Chair, Media Committee Board Member Since 2014 Tayna Vazquez works at the…