Ephraim Travels for Proton Therapy

Ephraim Travels for Proton Therapy
Ephraim Travels for Proton Therapy

It has been two years since Ephraim was diagnosed with a brain tumor.  And he is still fighting!  That fight has led he and his mother from their home in Champaign, IL to Chicago where the doctors have sent him to receive proton therapy treatment. According to IBA, the worldwide leader in manufacturing proton therapy systems, proton therapy deliver

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How We Use Western Union Moneywise Mastercards

How We Use Western Union Moneywise Mastercards
How We Use Western Union Moneywise Mastercards

When setting up the processes and procedures for Compass to Care's childhood cancer travel program, we started with meeting with the social workers at the University of Iowa Children's Hospital, as well as Children's Memorial in Chicago (now the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital).  These social workers have vast knowledge about the situ

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Ryder – 3 Years Old and Braving Cancer

Ryder – 3 Years Old and Braving Cancer
Ryder – 3 Years Old and Braving Cancer

It was December 2012.  A few days earlier, Ryder had turned 2 years old.  His parents went to what they thought was going to be a normal two year check up at the pediatrician's office. Yet this day turned into the worst day of their lives. Tests for Ryder came back abnormal and he was rushed to a hospital, two hours from the family's home, to recei

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Compass to Care Founder Honored in TCW Magazine

Compass to Care Founder Honored in TCW Magazine
Compass to Care Founder Honored in TCW Magazine

Compass to Care's Founder, Michelle Ernsdorff, was honored in the July 2014 issue of Today's Chicago Woman Magazine as one of the 100 Women of Inspiration. The magazine chose ladies from the Chicago area who’ve done incredible work in their personal and/or professional lives. Michelle was honored along with other women who are supporting children w

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Welcome Martina – Public Relations Intern

Welcome Martina – Public Relations Intern
Welcome Martina – Public Relations Intern

We are thrilled to announce that Martina Cuccioli has joined Compass to Care this summer as a Public Relations Intern. Martina is a senior at DePaul University double majoring in public relations and organizational communications, along with a minor in Italian. Around six months ago, one of Martina's many dreams came true when she traveled to  stud

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A Mother’s View – The Fault In Our Stars

A Mother’s View – The Fault In Our Stars
A Mother’s View – The Fault In Our Stars

Hudson is an adorable, vibrant, 3 year old who was diagnosed with Stage IV Neuroblastoma on September 6, 2012 at 16 months old. Hudson followed the Children's Oncology Group (COG) protocol for induction chemotherapy. He had a total abdominal resection to remove his primary mass on 1/10/13 at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC). He comple

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Donors Make a Difference: Meet Sean O’Toole

Donors Make a Difference: Meet Sean O’Toole
Donors Make a Difference: Meet Sean O’Toole

In March of 2013, I received a message via Facebook from a high school friend, Sean O'Toole. It said: "I'm not sure if I can offer much but I noticed how you provide transportation to families with sick children. I work for US Airways and every year we get 12 stand-by tickets for family and friends. They are discounted prices but if I can ever help

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Why don’t we talk more about Dads?

Why don’t we talk more about Dads?
Why don’t we talk more about Dads?

Often when we talk about children with cancer, we talk about how important the role is that Moms play in the journey.  We see photos of them holding their child. We post quotes from them about how difficult this journey is for the whole family. We read their stories via their blogs and their Facebook pages and every other form of social media that

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