Jenny Hoeppner- No one wants to be in our club. Please help us fight!

Mother, Yoga instructor, and a dedicated volunteer to TeamConnor.

I became a TeamConnor volunteer after I met Joy and we shared our faith journeys of losing our 8-year-old sons, Connor and Austin to cancer. We laughed and cried and gave all the glory to God for guiding us through the unimaginable; losing a child to cancer. We both say it is a club you wish you didn’t belong to, but at the same time, we are grateful that God brought us out stronger so we can join forces in the fight against childhood cancer.

I don’t think I’ve ever met a person so dedicated to and laser-focused on raising funds for a cause as Joy Cruse. Joy leads with so much kindness and compassion, that it truly warms my heart to know her and to watch her in action! I know personally what is behind her drive to find a cure and that is why I do whatever I can to support TeamConnor.

I recently became a yoga instructor and started teaching classes at Dwell Yoga Studio in Frisco, Texas. It was an honor to teach a Saturday community yoga class at Dwell and have all of the proceeds go to TeamConnor. Maureen, the owner of Dwell not only generously gave the proceeds for that class to TeamConnor, but she gave all the Saturday community class funds to them as well! Many thanks to Maureen for her kind and giving heart!

Neither one of our courageous boys were afraid to die because they had an unshakable faith and a strength that was far beyond their 8 years, but they should not have had to. When I look up my son’s type of brain tumor treatment protocol, it is pretty much the same as it was over 13 years ago. I’ve also read that it’s has been the same for 40 years. We need to create greater awareness of the lack of funding for pediatric cancer research and commit to raising money for research through non-profit organizations such as TeamConnor.

No one wants to be in our club. Please help us fight!

TeamConnor Guest Blog Author Jenny Hoeppner

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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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