Determined to Summit Diamond Head

January always seems to be a month for reflection and planning. As I was thinking about TeamConnor and our goals for 2020, my climb up Diamond Head came to mind.

I was there a few weeks ago with my family. I had one morning to myself and I decided to climb Diamond Head.  Last time I was on Oahu, Tait and my brother-in-law, Tom, took Connor, Mackenzie and Carson on the hike up Diamond Head. This trip was only a few months before Connor’s passing so he wasn’t in good health.  I wasn’t able to join them, but when they returned, they shared what a great experience it was.  Although, it was a difficult climb for Connor. At one point, Tom and Tait took turns carrying Connor on their backs to get to the top.  It was a difficult moment that made us realize how weak he really was. I was thankful that Tait and Tom could carry him so he could see the view at the top.

As I made my climb to the top, I couldn’t help but think of that climb for Connor and how he couldn’t have made it without the help from others.  At that moment, I realized that TeamConnor is very similar to Connor. Without the help and support of others, we cannot achieve our goals.  We can’t reach the summit. We cannot help the other children battling childhood cancer.  We are dependent on others “carrying” us to the top.

I want to say thank you to all of our faithful supporters. We cannot do this alone. I pray that we will someday make it to the top where our view is a landscape, a future, where there is a cure for childhood cancer. 

Always believing,
Joy Cruse

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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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