Joy Cruse Honored for Work at Each Moment Matters Luncheon

The Presbyterian Communities and Services Foundation’s annual Each Moment Matters Luncheon, held at the Hilton Anatole on September 29th, honored Dallas’ heroes and philanthropic visionaries. Joy Cruse, founder of TeamConnor Childhood Cancer Foundation was honored with the “Joy of Service” award and presented with a check for $15,000. This luncheon is designed to bring focus to individuals who strive diligently, each working within his or her passions, to be an agent for change in the world around them. 

Honorees were nominated based on devotion to the community displayed through meaningful and consistent gifts of time and/or significant financial resources; faith in serving others with joy, gratitude, respect, kindness and love; courage in empowering, educating and giving hope to persons of any age; personal and professional integrity in maintaining high levels of ethics, reliability, trust and decency and quite leadership, working tirelessly, and often anonymously, in the community.

“I am humbled to be honored and for TeamConnor to be recognized at the ‘Each Moment Matters’ luncheon,” said Cruse. “Over the past 20 years, the FDA has approved about 190 new cancer treatments for adults but only three for children.” With more grants, we are one step closer to find a cure for childhood cancer.”

TeamConnor Childhood Cancer Foundation is the legacy of eight-year-old Connor Cruse of Frisco, who lost his four-year battle with neuroblastoma in 2009. Since 2008, TeamConnor has awarded over $2 million in funding for childhood cancer research and patient programs across the country. 

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Joy Cruse accepting award, September 29, 2017

Joy Cruse and actress Marlee Matlin, speaker at Each Moment Matters Luncheon.

Clark Hodges, Presbyterian Communities and Services Foundation Board of Trustees, and Joy Cruse

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