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  • Summer Fun at Hawaiian Falls Helps Fund More Research

    For the last four years, TeamConnor has joined forces with Hawaiian Falls to raise awareness for the need for more research of childhood cancer, raise funds, and bring joy to kids across Texas who are enjoying summer vacation. We are proud that we have launched ticket sales for the 5th Annual Splash Out Childhood Cancer event. Tickets can be purchased here, 5th Annual Splash Out Childhood Cancer and are valid May 28 through September 5, ... Read More
  • Honorary Chairs Announced for III Forks Golf Classic

    Dallas Cowboys running back coach Gary Brown, along with his wife Kim and daughter Malena, will serve as Honorary Chairs for the 12th Annual III Forks Golf Classic presented by Northwestern Mutual – Dallas on May 1 – 2, 2016. The two-day event kicks off with an exclusive dinner, as well as a live and silent auction on Sunday evening, May 1, at III Forks Steakhouse in Dallas. On Monday, May 2, more than 240 ... Read More
  • TeamConnor Gives More Than $116,000 to Hospitals

    TeamConnor Childhood Cancer Foundation wrapped-up 2015 by awarding more than $116,000 in grants to six hospitals across the country to support cutting-edge research on the many childhood cancers. Hospitals receiving grants included Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin Inc., Hunter College, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Children’s Health Dallas and Cook Children’s in Fort Worth. “We are committed to funding more research for childhood cancers at some of the best research hospitals in the ... Read More
  • College Scholarship Offered to Students Affected by Cancer

    Dallas Law Firm Again Offers $50,000 in Scholarships to Students Affected by Cancer DALLAS – The nationally recognized trial law firm Simon Greenstone Panatier Bartlett, PC, is offering a total of $50,000 in annual scholarships for the second straight year to help further the education of Dallas County students whose lives have been disrupted by cancer. The Simon Greenstone Panatier Bartlett Scholarship of Communities Foundation of Texas was created to provide scholarships to graduating seniors from any ... Read More
  • Baylor College of Medicine/Texas Children’s Hospital Research Update

    In 2013, TeamConnor Childhood Cancer Foundation awarded Dr. Barbieri of Baylor College of Medicine, Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston $75,254 for her research in neuroblastoma. To date, her research in this area has shown encouraging results. She has determined that a specific protein in neuroblastoma cells, CHAF1, is an epigenetic regulator which controls the metabolism of many aggressive neuroblastoma tumors, by way of altered gene expression. Dr. Barbieri’s laboratory research has great potential and the information she has ... Read More
  • TeamConnor and NorthPark 50: Fifty Years of Giving

    TeamConnor is Honored to be Named as a Charity Recipient of NorthPark 50: Fifty Years of Giving. DALLAS — North Texans have helped make NorthPark Center one of the most well-known malls in the United States.  To celebrate that relationship and its 50 year anniversary, the mall’s ownership is giving back. People have been shopping until they drop at NorthPark Center since 1965.  NorthPark is unique among malls because it not only features high-end shopping, but sculptures ... Read More
  • The TeamConnor 2015 Grant Cycle Opens

    Reminder: Applications for the TeamConnor Childhood Cancer Foundation 2015 Grant Cycle are due by 4:30 PM on Wednesday, September 30, 2015. The TeamConnor Childhood Cancer Foundation supports innovative research and promising clinical trials that have the potential to immediately impact the lives of childhood cancer patients.  We are interested in funding researchers who: 1.  Have outstanding clinical treatment ideas relevant to today’s childhood cancer patients and are without clinical trial support from the NIH or other cancer ... Read More
  • TeamConnor 2014 in Review

    TeamConnor’s mission is to support research to find a cure for childhood cancers. Check out this video produced by Satterwhite Media about all the research TeamConnor contributed to in the fight against childhood cancer. https://vimeo.com/126715210   Read More
  • Joy Cruse and the Coalition Against Childhood Cancer

    TeamConnor Childhood Cancer Foundation would like to congratulate our Founder, Joy Cruse, for her hard work and participation in the Coalition Against Childhood Cancer Summit.  On June 17, 2015, representatives from approximately 100 childhood cancer organization met in Washington, DC for the annual summit and membership meeting. The annual meeting afforded the childhood cancer community the opportunity to connect with each other and learn more about current trends in research, long-term survivorship, advocacy, and drug development.  ... Read More
  • TeamConnor and AmazonSmile

    Do you LOVE shopping on Amazon.com?  Did you know that if you click on this link to shop at Amazon they will donate 5% of your purchase price back to TeamConnor every time you shop?  Just click the link and select TeamConnor as your designated charity.  How great is that?!?  You can shop online and still support your favorite charity, TeamConnor …  Happy shopping!   Read More
  • TeamConnor and Children’s Health Internship Donation

    TeamConnor is honored to be part of the groundbreaking work of Dr. Skapek and Dr. Leavy at Children’s Health Research Center.  TeamConnor Childhood Cancer Foundation granted more than $8,000 for the TeamConnor Children’s Health Internship program.  Dr. Leavy and Dr. Skapek Children’s Health Research Center benefits the Osteosarcoma CPRIIT Project.  Pictured left to right: Joy Cruse, TeamConnor Founder; Dr. Stephen Skapek Professor of Pediatrics and Distinguished Chair in Pediatric Oncology Research for Children’s Health; Jamie Singer, ... Read More
  • Another birthday without the birthday girl

    This blog post from WithoutMyZoey really hit home for us at TeamConnor.  Just heartbreaking that we are still losing too many children to this horrible disease. Another birthday without the birthday girl I remember the night from 7 years ago like it was yesterday. The night that changed my life forever. That Monday night when Zoey decided to make her appearance, with her head full of thick black hair and sparkling big brown eyes. One look at her ... Read More
  • TeamConnor Receives $5,000 Donation from Park Place Jaguar

    Park Place Jaguar unveiled the new 2015 Jaguar F-Type Coupe, at Million Air Dallas at the Addison Airport. More than 700 guests experienced the debut of the Jaguar F-Type Coupe along with the full line-up of Jaguar vehicles. During the evening, Park Place Jaguar made a $5,000 donation to TeamConnor Childhood Cancer Foundation to serve families, build awareness, and raise funds for research to help find a cure for childhood cancers. Guests enjoyed English Gastropub-inspired cuisine by ... Read More
  • HLS supports 3 students undergoing cancer treatments

    Hidden Lakes Elementary School supports 3 students undergoing cancer treatments Posted Wednesday, Jun. 11, 2014 BY SANDRA ENGELLAND sengelland@kellercitizen.com Even though no one chooses to go through it, extreme adversity can bring out the best in people. The faculty, students and parents at Hidden Lakes Elementary School have learned that lesson this year while supporting three little girls and their families as each battled different forms of cancer. “There wasn’t a rule book,” said Hidden Lakes Principal Melanie Graham. “This is ... Read More
  • Kids in Murphy Have Big Hearts

    Students at Martha Hunt Elementary in Murphy, TX opened their hearts and filled canisters full of coins for Coins for Kids with Cancer program, benefitting TeamConnor Childhood Cancer Foundation. Recently, the kids at Hunt Elementary raised $2,731 over a two-week period. Every grade got involved, gathering as many coins as they could from their piggy banks, parents and friends for this campaign. Knowing that each coin goes towards funding research towards finding a cure for ... Read More
  • PCA Students Making Cancer Awareness Part of Their Work

    Avery Doyle, a fifth grade student at Prestonwood Christian Academy (PCA), and a Junior Advisory Board Member for TeamConnor Childhood Cancer Foundation is raising childhood cancer awareness and funds for childhood cancer research within her school and community. Doyle’s awareness efforts began by starting a team for Destination Imagination at PCA, which is a competition for kids to pick a challenge and work together to accomplish it. Avery is one of seven team members for the ... Read More
  • Chavez Elementary Making Big Change!

    Children don’t mess around. When they get behind a cause and want to make a difference, they do with full force. Students at Cesar Chavez Elementary in Little Elm put passion in full gear to raise funds for the Coins For Kids with Cancer program benefitting TeamConnor Childhood Cancer Foundation. Chavez Elementary started their coin drive at the beginning of February after Joy Cruse spoke at a school assembly. That day they heard the story of ... Read More
  • Kids impacting the lives of kids with cancer

    During an assembly at Cesar Chavez Elementary School in Little Elm, a story was told about a boy who got cancer when he was four years old and passed away from the disease when he was eight. All of the kids at the assembly were moved, especially Abigail, an 11 year old 5th grader. It was Connor Cruse’s story that Abigail and the students of Chavez Elementary School heard that day. Connor’s mom, Joy, urged the ... Read More
  • 16 Year Old Malena battles Childhood Leukemia

    Starting ninth grade in a new town is difficult. Arriving to your new school wearing a face mask is isolating. Malena Brown, 15, moved to Keller, Texas from Cleveland, Ohio in June with her mom, little brother and sister, and cancer. The Browns split their family between the two cities last February when Gary, Malena’s father, accepted an offensive coaching job with the Dallas Cowboys. Her mom Kim said she felt like a single mother during ... Read More
  • Applying for Disability Benefits for Children with Cancer

    Childhood Cancer is a condition that is recognized by the Social Security Administration (SSA) as a condition that qualifies for disability benefits. However, in order for your child to qualify for disability benefits strict financial and medical criteria will have to be met. Qualifying for SSI Benefits Children with cancer receive disability benefits through the SSA’s Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program, which is a need-based benefit which requires applicants have minimal financial resources available to pay everyday ... Read More

 

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Did You Know

Building awareness of childhood cancer is critical to funding and finding a cure. To help, please consider sharing teamconnor.org on your Facebook.

Today, 46 children will be diagnosed with cancer.  Seven will lose their battle..

Did you know September is National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month!.

Every day in America, approximately 46 children are diagnosed with cancer..

Childhood cancer does not discriminate, sparing no ethnic group, socio-economic class, or geographic region..

Rhabdomyosarcoma is the most common soft tissue sarcoma in children, accounting for about 3% of childhood cancers..

On average, 1 in every 4 elementary schools has a child with cancer. .

About one-third of childhood cancers are leukemias..

Childhood cancer survival rates in the United States have increased from less than 20% in the 1960s to almost 80% today..

Cancer kills more children each year than Asthma, Cystic Fibrosis, Diabetes, and Pediatric AIDS combined. .

Childhood cancer is not one disease entity, but rather a spectrum of different malignancies. Cancers found in children are biologically different from those seen in adults. .

1 in 300 children will develop cancer before age 20. .

Neuroblastoma is the most common extra cranial solid tumor cancer in children. .

Today, up to 75% of the children with cancer can be cured, yet, some forms of childhood cancers have proven so resistant to treatment that, in spite of research, a cure is illusive..

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