Haley’s Heart Murmur Leads to Leukemia

Haley’s Heart Murmur Leads to Leukemia
Haley’s Heart Murmur Leads to Leukemia

9-year old Haley seemed more tired than usual when school started last fall, but a lot of kids feel like that at the beginning of the school year. During the family’s Labor Day camping trip, when usually outgoing Haley spent more time sitting around with the adults than off playing with the kids, her mom, Erin, was concerned. But Haley didn’t compl

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Hope

Hope
Hope

As sure as we live and breathe, every day will present challenges of one kind or another. One way to overcome those challenges, is to look ahead to what the future may bring. We hope that things will get better. We hope that what we are doing matters. We hope we can just make it through this. Hope is what keeps us going, it is why we do what we do

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Zoe’s Diagnosis – 9 in a Million

Zoe’s Diagnosis – 9 in a Million
Zoe’s Diagnosis – 9 in a Million

Zoe’s older brother is autistic, so when her 2-year old brother began to show similar signs, her parents worked, saved, and planned, so that her mom could take a year off work to help with early intervention. Sarah, Zoe’s mom and a long-time teacher, was excited to be a stay-at-home mom for her 3 young children. She eagerly volunteered at school an

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Meet Christine

Meet Christine
Meet Christine

Christine Rapp started as Compass to Care's Program Manager in 2016. Having grown up in Dubuque, it is only fitting that she is based in our office there. After going away to college, and then moving even further away from home, she came back to Dubuque to raise her daughter and be near her family. She has 30+ years of varying computer technology (

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Karing for Karter

Karing for Karter
Karing for Karter

Imagine spending more time in cancer treatment than you had even lived before you were diagnosed. This is what a lot of children with cancer go through. Many of them are diagnosed at a very young age and then spend years in treatment. When Karter and his twin, Khristian, were just 4 months old, their parents noticed that Karter wasn’t lifting his h

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A Great Big Gigantic Thank You, or The results of an unexpected donation

A Great Big Gigantic Thank You, or The results of an unexpected donation
A Great Big Gigantic Thank You, or The results of an unexpected donation

  It’s hard to put into words what you have done for Compass To Care by hosting your own event in 2016. A simple “Thank you” doesn’t seem grateful enough. Thank you very much? We are so blessed? A big thanks? Saying those words over and over throughout the year is humbling. Being new to Compass to Care this year, I am still amazed at the gener

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Brandon’s Bravery

Brandon’s Bravery
Brandon’s Bravery

Langerhans cell histiocytosis. A very long name for a very rare cancer that’s been around for a very long time. (Since the 1800s!) It is commonly referred to as LCH, and simply put, it causes an excess of white blood cells. Now, there are plenty of things a small boy might want an excess of – ice cream, hockey tickets, matchbox cars – but having to

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