TeamConnor Childhood Cancer Foundation was able to fund $200,000 in research grants to two researchers at the University of California San Francisco Benioff Children’s Hospital because of the support and generosity of wonderful donors. The two researchers that received funding for this year are.
Dr. Erin Butler at UT Southwestern Medical Center and Children’s Health Cancer and Blood Disorders in Dallas, Texas is researching improved treatments for patients with rhabdomyosarcoma, the most common type of soft tissue sarcoma in pediatric patients. In order to improve treatment failure and relapse, newer targeted drugs are needed. One such new drug will inhibit a specific sarcoma protein found in a common type of rhabdomyosarcoma, and hopefully inhibit tumor growth first ... Read More
Joy and her family live in Frisco, Texas. She is involved with her community, church and children’s schools. Happily married to husband, Tait who is the managing partner of Northwestern Mutual in Dallas, Texas. Joy is an author, passionate speaker about her faith as well as founder and board chair of TeamConnor Childhood Cancer Foundation. Joy’s most important role to date is that of mother to Mackenzie, Connor, Carson, Mason, Tyler, ... Read More
This year we awarded 10 research grants across the nation to help fund crucial pediatric cancer research. Dr. Amy Pass, our medical advisory board chair, is sharing about the 10 research grants that we awarded this year.
Researchers: Dr. Todd Cooper and Dr. Adam Lamble
We have now successfully received paired sequencing and high throughput drug screen results on our first patients. These were obtained within a clinically meaningful timeframe and we were able to convene our first precision medicine tumor board to review results and provide patient specific treatment recommendations. These recommendations were based on the patient’s mutational profile and drug sensitivity results. We are going to continue spreading awareness and ... Read More
Researcher: Biplab Dasgupta PhD
Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Division of Oncology
Research Institution: Cincinnati Children’s
Research Project: Therapeutic Blockade of Metabolic Dependencies in Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma
Research update from Texas Children’s Hospital/ Baylor College of Medicine one of our 2020 research grant recipients.
Researchers: Ling Tao, PhD and Eveline Bargieri, MD, PhD have been working on a research project Targeting Glutaminolysis to Overcome Neuroblastoma Resistance to mTOR Inhibition
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine
Attending Physician and Associate Fellowship Director, Pediatric Infectious Diseases, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
Faculty Member, Center for Childhood Cancer Research, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
2020 TeamConnor Childhood Cancer Foundation research grant recipient
Evan Drazin chose TeamConnor to partner with for his Bar Mitzvah celebration. He raised donations and fulfilled Kidz Binz activity boxes for the children who are in-patient for their cancer treatment at Children’s Health Dallas.
Tonya and Matt Russo are longtime donors and volunteers of the TeamConnor Childhood Cancer Foundation. Matt is a founding legacy board member of TeamConnor. Their friendship with Joy and Tait Cruse has spanned over 20 years that started through Northwestern Mutual. The Russo family walked hand and hand with the Cruse family during Connor’s diagnosis and treatment. They are champions for the importance of pediatric cancer research. Tonya and Matt ... Read More
Mackenzie Cruse, Connor’s older sister shares with us what pediatric cancer is through her eyes. She shares how childhood cancer touched her family and her life. Mackenzie, thank you for sharing your personal story with us!
Mackenzie is a graduate of Texas A&M University. She is currently working in pediatrics while she pursues a post-graduate education with a degree and certification as a Physician Assistant.
Sayers is a sophomore at East Texas Baptist University, where he is a political science major and on the baseball team. He and Connor were very close friends. Sayers has been a longtime volunteer for TeamConnor and was a member of the junior advisory board.
Ian O’Brien is a 15 year old young man who is working to attain his Eagle Scout. He has been in Boy Scouts since the 6th grade and is entering his sophomore year in high school at Trinity Christian Academy.
Mollie-Claire Matthews will be a sophomore at the Missouri State University, where she is earning a BFA in Musical Theatre and minoring in sign language. Mollie-Claire is a proud graduate of Prestonwood Christian Academy in Plano, Texas. She and Connors’ parents were friends long before they were born, so they joked about being friends literally from the womb.
We are honored to have as our guest authors for the TeamConnor blog, Christie and Tom Warrick. They are Connor’s beloved aunt and uncle. We hope you enjoy reading about how such a special boy left a forever impression on them. Today, July 26th is a celebration of aunt and uncle day. To all of the amazing aunts and uncles, we celebrate you and your nieces and nephews love you. ... Read More
Ann Rene’ Cione will be a sophomore at the University of Alabama which she is a business major. She has been a longtime volunteer for TeamConnor as a Junior Advisory Board Member and now a Collegiate Ambassador. Ann Rene is a proud graduate of Prestonwood Christian Academy in Plano, Texas where her friendship with Connor Cruse began over 15 years ago.
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