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About TeamConnor

Why we do what we do!

Did You Know That Childhood Cancer Affects More Children Than Any Other Disease?

Cancer kills more children each year than cystic fibrosis, muscular dystrophy, asthma, and AIDS combined, yet the National Cancer Institute allocates only three percent of its budget to pediatric cancer.

Created in honor of an inspirational little boy with a warrior’s heart, TeamConnor has funded almost $6 million in its mission to find cures for childhood cancers. Will you join us today in giving a generous gift to help us beat childhood cancer?

The Boy Who Inspired Change

Connor Cruse was a rambunctious four-year-old boy who loved Bob the Builder, Power Rangers, swimming, fighting with lightsabers, toy guns, sticks, and anything else he could get his hands on. In other words, Connor was just a normal little boy when he was diagnosed with Stage IV neuroblastoma on May 15, 2005. Tumors were found around Connor’s spine, behind his heart, and there was a nine-centimeter mass in his abdomen. Cancer had spread to the bones in Connor’s legs, pelvis, ribs, and shoulders. The prognosis was bleak. Doctors didn’t hold much hope for Connor’s long-term survival; however, they didn’t know Connor was so brave and strong.

Just imagine fighting a fierce, four-year battle that included more than 200 nights in the hospital, 14 surgeries, 40 blood transfusions, 25 rounds of chemo, 2 bone marrow transplants, and countless painful procedures. The Cruse family traveled with Connor to specialists in Dallas, Houston, Boston, New York, and even Guatemala. Connor didn’t complain. He was a valiant warrior with incredible faith. He was a fighter to the very end. His motto was, “Be brave and believe in Jesus.”

Even as Connor fought for his life, his parents, Joy and Tait Cruse, were touched by how cancer had affected other families they came in contact with during Connor’s treatments. They saw the emotional and financial toll childhood cancer took on families. Joy and Tait promised Connor they would do everything they could to keep other children from having to go through what Connor faced. The Cruse family established the TeamConnor Cancer Foundation in 2008 to help fund childhood cancer research. Connor lost his four-year battle with cancer on July 10, 2009, but TeamConnor continues to fight on in honor of Connor Cruse and all of the children who fought and continue to fight the most courageous battle against childhood cancer.

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