We’re here. On day one and beyond. Circle of Care provides emotional and financial support where and when it is needed most. From day-of-diagnosis hospital care packages to at-home Dream Room Makeovers … from peer mentoring to financial assistance, our programs are here to help. Circle of Care provides practical, emotional and financial assistance to Connecticut families, through programs and services that meet the unique and challenging needs of pediatric cancer treatment.
Our story began with the words that no parent ever wants to hear: “Your child has cancer.” And anyone who has heard those words will agree … once you’ve heard them, your life is never the same.
We quickly learned the tremendous impact that cancer has on your normal routine. Our sons, Carlos and Dan, were then ages three and ten, and luckily, we found each other in a support group for moms and siblings of children with cancer. We didn’t know what to expect, but we were both seeking comfort, knowledge, and a way to make sense of our new “normal.” We found that comfort in each other.
When your child is diagnosed with cancer, everything changes instantaneously. Immediate hospitalization is often required, and it can take you far from home, family, and friends, with no time to pack or plan. Sudden immersion into hospital life with your child is overwhelming as you learn a whole new medical vocabulary while keeping up with blood counts, protocols, scans, impending surgeries and side effects of treatment.
After all the tears and occasional laughter through the years of treatment, we knew we had to give back and share what we had learned so we could help those just beginning this difficult and often lonely journey. That is where Circle of Care was born.
We started Circle of Care with one mission: to help make the journey a little bit easier for families facing pediatric cancer in Connecticut.
And now, more than 14 years later, with Carlos and Dan living healthy and fulfilling lives as young men, we are proud that Circle of Care continues to stand with children and families during treatment. We have met thousands of families, collaborated with countless nurses and doctors at Connecticut’s best hospitals, worked alongside the most dedicated board of directors, and developed a unique set of programs. All of our programs are designed to give immediate assistance from the day a child is diagnosed, throughout their entire course of treatment.
Until no family has to hear the words, “Your child has cancer,” we will be here for you.
In courage, hope and tears,
Liz & Dawn
Making a Difference in the Lives of Children with Cancer
What does it mean to have an “impact” on a child who is in treatment for cancer?
We can’t change the diagnosis, but we can bring a measure of relief along the journey. We can change moments. We can let these families know they’re not alone. We can be with them on their journey at crucial points, and that’s how we have a very direct and powerful impact on the children in treatment here in our community.
Our unique combination of programs provide practical, emergency, financial and emotional support to address the non-medical needs of children with cancer.
Circle of Care, and I don’t generally speak this way, they’re like angels of mercy.
They’re the right people at the right place at the right time,
during something no parent should have to go through.
— Julian, Hannah’s father
Established in 2003 by families whose children battled cancer, we have grown from being a local organization helping limited numbers of families to one that now operates state-wide and has earned the trust and respect of the medical community, corporations, foundations and individual donors. We have reached over 2,800 families, delivering Bags of Love to every child in Connecticut on the day of diagnosis, transforming over 115 rooms through our Dream Room makeover program, and providing over $2 million in direct emergency financial support to families struggling to make ends meet while caring for their sick child.
Circle of Care prides itself on having a direct impact on the children and families we serve. While there are metrics that can be used to gauge the impact of any individual program, maybe the most important measure of our impact is the response we get from the families we serve.
I cannot thank Circle of Care enough for your generosity.
As you know,
this is a very trying time for us with our entire focus on our son’s well-being.
It is very difficult for us to work when our son is literally screaming in pain.
Fortunately, we are both self-employed
and we do not have a limitation on time-off.
Unfortunately, when we don’t work, we don’t earn any money.
Your generosity will help us to keep our heads above water.
When your child is suffering, nothing else matters,
and financial concerns become secondary,
although not to the bill collectors…
Our services are available to all children who are residents of Connecticut, regardless of need. While most are treated at Yale New Haven Children’s Hospital and Connecticut Children’s Medical Center – the only two pediatric cancer treatment centers in the state – we also support children from Connecticut who are treated elsewhere in the country.
144 Danbury Road
Wilton CT 06896
203 663 6893