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Dina Dolls helping kids with cancer in Dubuque

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Each doll costs $20, and the money goes directly to help kids with cancer and their families. Each doll costs $20, and the money goes directly to help kids with cancer and their families.
DUBUQUE (KWWL) -

A local foundation is helping kids with cancer. It's called Compass to Care: the Mike & Sandy Ernsdorff Childhood Cancer Foundation.

Sunday, at the Kennedy Mall in Dubuque, volunteers with the foundation sold new Dina Dolls.

Michelle Ernsdorff is the organization's founder and daughter of the couple in the foundation's name. She named the dolls after her sister, Dina, who now lives with her family in Atlanta.

The two of them grew up in Dubuque.

The dolls cost $20, and all the money goes to help families, who have a child with cancer, afford travel-related expenses when going between home and the doctor.

"I'm a childhood cancer survivor from Dubuque," Ernsdorff said, "and we traveled to Mayo Clinic for my cancer treatment, and my parents had a really tough time dealing with the travel costs and the expenses that came along with that, which is really a hidden cost of cancer care."

The dolls continue to sell online. People can buy one or donate it to a child with cancer.

Compass to Care is also on Facebook.

The foundation is only about two years old. Ernsdorff said last year, Compass to Care helped five families. In its second year, it's helping 15 families.

Coming from Dubuque and now living in Chicago, Ernsdorff said the foundation currently is helping families in the Midwest. She said she wants it to expand, however, to help kids with cancer and their families nationwide.

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