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In 2012, TeamConnor Childhood Cancer Foundation created the KidzBinz Activity Box program for children going through stem cell transplants as a result of a cancer diagnosis. Following a transplant, a child might stay in isolation for up to 90 days to rebuild their immune system thus, significantly limiting the interaction with family and the outside world.

 

The KidzBinz Activity Boxes are tailored to each child’s preferences and might include paints, canvases, jewelry-making materials, books, scrapbooks, or an age-appropriate musical instrument. Hospitals have found the KidzBinz Activity Boxes provide essential components of quality pediatric health care by supporting the children’s psychological and emotional needs while easing their feelings of isolation and loneliness. 

 

TeamConnor will be accepting donations for KidzBinz in February as an opportunity for the community to show love in the month of love.

 

The community can give in the honor of a special someone by making a donation directly to TeamConnor at TeamConnor.org or purchasing from the Amazon Wish List found on KidzBinz.org. Donations will provide sick children in our community with an outlet to express their feelings and creativity during one of the most difficult times in their young lives.

 

Every year, more than 12,500 children and adolescents are diagnosed with cancer in the United States. Childhood cancer is the number one disease killer of children, yet the budget of the National Cancer Institute allocates less than four percent of its funds to pediatric cancer research. TeamConnor Childhood Cancer Foundation is dedicated to raising awareness and funding research and treatment programs to find cures for all childhood cancers.   

 

TeamConnor hosts several events throughout the year to raise funds and awareness for childhood cancer research, including: the 15thAnnual III Forks Golf Classic, May 5, & 6, 2019; Splash Out Childhood Cancer, Summer 2019; and the 9thAnnualNorthwestern Mutual Clay Shoot, November 4, 2019. For more information on how to join the fight against childhood cancer, please visit teamconnor.org or Facebook.com/TeamConnor.  

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Mark Morrison, III Forks Golf Classic Co-Chair; Erica Fisher, Gift Officer, Cook Children’s Health Foundation; Kathryn Copple, Executive Director, TeamConnor; Trey Morris, III Forks Golf Classic Co-Chair; Jason Luce, III Forks Golf Classic Bourbon Pull Chairman.

TeamConnor Childhood Cancer Foundation wrapped up 2018 by donating $250,000 to several research hospitals, in support of cutting-edge research for childhood cancers and patient programs.  

Since 2008, TeamConnor has donated more than $2.6 million to numerous hospitals across the country in its mission to find cures for childhood cancers.

The 2018 grant recipients include, Dr. Steven DuBois, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute; Dr. Simone Krebs, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center; Dr. Meghan Granger, Cook Children’s Hospital; Children’s Health Dallas; Dr. James Amatruda, UT Southwestern University; Dr. Stephen Mathew and Dr. Paul Bowman, University of North Texas Health Science Center and Dr. Robert Schnepp, Emory University School of Medicine.

“We are committed to funding research for childhood cancers at some of the best research centers in the country,” said Joy Cruse, founder of Dallas-based TeamConnor Childhood Cancer Foundation. “Despite being one of the leading causes of death among children, childhood cancer receives very little government funding for research. Therefore, if better treatment protocols and cures are to be found, it will take significant private and corporate support to fund the research.” 

Dr. Steven DuBois, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Phase 1 Study of the Dual MDM1/MDMX Inhibitor ALRN-6924 in Pediatric Cancer, which will investigate a trial of a new therapeutic agent in children with relapsed solid tumors and leukemia. $100,000.

Dr. Simone Krebs, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Novel Molecular Imaging Tools for Monitoring CAR T Cells in Malignant Childhood Gliomas, will study the advanced molecular imaging and monitoring of CAR T cells in vivo models and will benefit children with DIPG and glioblastomas (one of the deadliest forms of childhood cancer). $50.000.

Dr. Meghan Granger, Cook Children’s Hospital, Phase I Study of MIBG Therapy Combined with Immunotherapy, which will investigate the first opportunity for patients to receive a combination of the two most well-known, effective therapies for relapsed or refractory neuroblastoma. $50,000.

Children’s Health Dallas, continued support of our KidzBinz Activity Boxes to patients facing isolated hospital stays while receiving stem cell transplants and MIBG treatments. TeamConnor provides resources for hospitals to create personalized boxes of materials, including paints, canvases, crayons, markers, coloring books, digital tablets, and other items for kids to be creative while going through life-saving stem cell transplants in the hospital. These treatments typically result in extended and isolated hospital stays often lasting up to 90 days. During the treatment, a child often has very limited visitation. The KidzBinz Program drastically improves a patient’s overall experience. $10,000.

Dr. James Amatruda, UT Southwestern University, Ewing Sarcoma Study Utilizing Zebrafish Models to Identify a New Class of Drugs that Inhibit the Function of Ewing Sarcoma FLI1. $5,000.

Dr. Stephen Mathew and Dr. Paul Bowman, University of North Texas Health Science Center, which will recruit additional patients to further validate the finding at NK cells from pediatric ALL patients that appear to be impaired in their ability to kill tumor targets as compared to healthy subjects. $5,000.

Dr. Robert Schnepp, Emory University School of MedicineInvestigating LIN28B-PBK signaling as a novel therapeutic vulnerability in neuroblastoma, which is a preclinical trial to further study LIN28B as a potential target of neuroblastoma therapy. $30,000.

“Funding research is imperative to moving closer to finding cures for childhood cancer,” said Kathryn Copple, executive director of TeamConnor. “We are blessed to have supporters who want to make a difference.  It is through our volunteers, corporate sponsors and private donations that we are able to award numerous grants each year to childhood cancer research projects. TeamConnor has donated more than $2.6 million in its mission to find cures for childhood cancers and we will continue this fight until cures for all childhood cancers are realized.” 

Every year, more than 12,500 children and adolescents are diagnosed with cancer in the United States. Childhood cancer is the number one disease killer of children, yet the budget of the National Cancer Institute allocates less than four percent of its funds to pediatric cancer research. TeamConnor Childhood Cancer Foundation is dedicated to raising awareness and funding research and treatment programs to find cures for all childhood cancers.   

TeamConnor hosts several events throughout the year to raise funds and awareness for childhood cancer research, including Smashing Childhood Cancer Tennis Clinic, February 2, 2019; the 15th Annual III Forks Golf Classic, May 5, & 6, 2019; Splash Out Childhood Cancer, Summer 2019; and the 9th Annual Northwestern Mutual Clay Shoot, November 4, 2019. For more information on how to join the fight against childhood cancer, please visit teamconnor.org or Facebook.com/TeamConnor.  

 

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Cara Owens; Aging Mind Executive Board Member, Kathy Nelson; 2019 Gala Chair, and Laree Hulshoff; Co-Founder of Aging Mind Foundation

The 5th Annual Aging Mind Foundation Gala has been slated for Saturday, March 23, 2019, at The Joule Dallas.  Presented by Headington Companies, The Joule and Forty-Five Ten, the event kicks off with a celebratory dinner.

“Alzheimer’s is on the rise with more than five million Americans now estimated to have the disease,” said Laree Hulshoff, co-founder of Aging Mind Foundation. “The Gala is our largest fundraiser of the year and the funds raised from the event support research programs looking for the cause of Alzheimer’s and dementias.” This year, the event benefits Yale University’s Cellular Neuroscience, Neurodegeneration, and Repair program.

Yvonne and Mayo Crum will be the 2019 Gala Honorees. Sherwood Wagner is serving as the Honorary Chair and Kathy Nelson as Gala Chair.  

Tickets for the 5thAnnual Aging Mind Gala are available at agingmindfoundation.org.

The gala auction dinner is guaranteed to be a delightful evening hosted by Greg Creed, CEO of Yum! Brands. Guests will enjoy the distinguished food and drinks by The Joule culinary team. The evening will include entertainment from the amazing country singer, Jay Allen, who composed a personal song for his mother who is currently battling Alzheimer’s. There will be an after party on the rooftop of The Joule Terrace with the rich elements of the Dallas night sky.

Since the founding in 2013, the Aging Mind Foundation has raised more than $2 million to fund high-quality brain research. Alzheimer’s disease is the fifth leading cause of death for those 65 and older and one of the most expensive diseases in the nation. There is currently no way to prevent, cure or even slow its progression. Aging Mind Foundation is dedicated to supporting research designed to find the cause of the dementias.

 

For more information on these events and the Aging Mind Foundation, please visit AgingMindFoundation.orgor Facebook.com/AgingMindFoundation.

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Smashing Childhood Cancer Honorary Hero - Luke Scott

TeamConnor Childhood Cancer Foundation is committed to Smashing Childhood Cancer and has slated the second annual event for Saturday, February 2, 2019. The event will be held at Lifetime Fitness Plano’s indoor tennis courts (7100 Preston, Plano) located on northeast corner of Legacy and Preston. 

 

Smashing Childhood Cancer kicks off at 2:00 pm with registration followed by the first session of drills starting at 3:00 pm. A second round of drills begins at 6:00 pm. Ten tennis pros from Gleneagles Country Club Plano, LifeTime Tennis Plano, The Lakes Academy Frisco, Canyon Creek Country Club Richardson, Bent Tree Country Club Dallas, Stonebriar Country Club Frisco and Stonebriar Ranch McKinney will be leading the drills. An exhibition match between pros will be featured from 5 – 6 pm.  

 

Formerly ranked #21 in the world, Taylor Dent will serve as Honorary Chair for the 2nd Annual Smashing Childhood Cancer event. Dent won the Association of Tennis Professionals titles in Newport in 2002 followed by Memphis and then Moscow. He reached the finals of three additional events of the tour. His victory in Memphis is still often referred to as his most impressive victory, as he beat future World No. 1 Andy Roddick in the final.  

 

“Thousands of children are diagnosed with cancer each year and anytime we lose a child to cancer, families and communities suffer,” said Joy Cruse, founder of Dallas-based TeamConnor Childhood Cancer Foundation. “Smashing Childhood Cancer will help us draw more awareness to childhood cancer, as well as raise much needed funds for research.” 

 

Eleven-year-old Luke Scott of Plano has been named the Honorary Hero for Smashing Out Cancer. Luke has been fighting B-Cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL) since the age of eight. Luke is home-schooled and currently attends the T Bar M Tennis Academy. Luke started playing tennis before he was diagnosed but had to give it up for 9 months during the intense chemotherapy treatments. After nine months, he jumped back on the court still continuing light chemotherapy; traveling to Florida, California, and selected by the United States Tennis Association (USTA) to represent Texas in the 2017 Border Battle (Texas vs. South West). Luke ended chemotherapy in July 2018 and hopes to be a professional tennis player some day.  

 

Registration for Smashing Childhood Cancer is now open for the February 2nd tennis event. The clinic and exhibition match includes two hours of tennis drills, food and beverage, raffle prizes and exhibition game. To register individually or as a ten-player team, visit www.smashingoutcancer.org.

 

Every year, more than 12,500 children and adolescents are diagnosed with cancer in the United States. Childhood cancer is the number one disease killer of children, yet the budget of the National Cancer Institute allocates less than four percent of its funds to pediatric cancer research. TeamConnor Childhood Cancer Foundation is dedicated to raising awareness and funding research and treatment programs to find a cure for all childhood cancers and to date has donated more than $2.6 million. 

 

TeamConnor hosts several events throughout the year to raise funds and awareness for childhood cancer research, including the 15th Annual III Forks Golf Classic, May 5, & 6, 2019; Splash Out Childhood Cancer, Summer 2019; and the 9th Annual Northwestern Mutual Clay Shoot, November 4, 2019. For more information on how to join the fight against childhood cancer, please visit teamconnor.orgor Facebook.com/TeamConnor.  

 

For more information on how to impact the lives of those affected by childhood cancer, please visit teamconnor.orgor find us at Facebook.com/TeamConnor.

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Aging Mind Foundation co-founder Laree Hulshoff with Brews, Bites and Brain Research co-chairs Ashley Tatum (L) and Carey Moen (R).

Katy Trail Ice House and Aging Mind Foundation teamed up for the second year to raise funds for brain research, in hopes of finding a cause for Alzheimer’s and other dementias. The casual to-do kicked off at 6:00 p.m. on November 7 with barbecue, music, beer, and cocktails at Katy Trail Ice House in Dallas.

 

“We are committed to finding the cause for Alzheimer’s and other dementias,” said Laree Hulshoff, co-founder of Aging Mind Foundation.  “Katy Trail Ice House is a great partner with us for Brews, Bites and Brain Research and each year the event grows. We are working hard to bring awareness to our community on the importance of finding the cause of the dementias.”

 

Co-Chairs for the Brews, Bites and Brain Research event included Aging Mind board members, Ashley Tatum, and Carey Moen. Sponsors for the event included Katy Trail Ice House, Tatum Art Advisory, Newt Walker Company, Morgan Stanley, Benchmark Bank, Billor McDowell, and PaperCity.   

 

Aging Mind Foundation hosts several events throughout the year to raise funds and awareness for dementia research. This includes the 5th Annual Aging Mind Foundation Gala, March 23, 2019, at The Joule. For more information on these events and on the Aging Mind Foundation, please visit AgingMindFoundation.org or Facebook.com/AgingMindFoundation.

 

Aging Mind Foundation has raised more than $2 million to fund high-quality research since it was founded in 2013. Alzheimer’s disease is the fifth leading cause of death for those sixty-five and older and one of the most expensive and devastating diseases in the nation. There is currently no way to prevent, cure, or even slow its progression. 

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Aging Mind Foundation co-founder Laree Hulshoff with Alzheimer’s Pro Am Golf Tournament co-chairs Matt Bryan (L) and Steve Folsom (R)

Celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, the Alzheimer’s Pro Am Golf Tournament recently presented the Aging Mind Foundation (AMF) with a $25,000 grant for Alzheimer’s research supported by AMF. 

 

Established to honor Lee Jarmon, a successful business and family man who was diagnosed with Alzheimer's in the 1980's, the Alzheimer’s Pro Am Golf Tournament has raised more than $9 million for Alzheimer’s. 

 

“We are grateful to the Alzheimer’s Pro Am Golf Tournament and Auction for this generous grant,” said Laree Hulshoff, Co-Founder of Aging Mind Foundation. ”Alzheimer's research is imperative as the number of people diagnosed are reaching epidemic proportions. Aging Mind is dedicated to supporting research designed to find a cause for Alzheimer’s and the other dementias.” 

 

Aging Mind Foundation hosts several events throughout the year to raise funds and awareness for dementia research. Our 5th Annual Aging Mind Foundation Gala, the source of our largest fundraiser, is March 23, 2019, at The Joule. For more information on these events and the Aging Mind Foundation please visit https://agingmindfoundation.orgor https://www.facebook.com/agingmindfoundation/

 

Aging Mind Foundation has raised more than $2 million to fund high-quality research since it was founded in 2013. Alzheimer’s disease is the fifth leading cause of death for those sixty-five and older and one of the most expensive and devastating diseases in the nation. There is currently no way to prevent, cure, or even slow its progression. 

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Katy Trail Ice House and Aging Mind Foundation are teaming up for the second year to raise funds for brain research, in hopes of finding the cause for Alzheimer’s and other dementias. This casual to-do kicks off at 6:00 p.m. on November 7 with barbecue, music, beer, and cocktails at Katy Trail Ice House, 3127 Routh Street, Dallas.

 

“We are committed to finding the cause for Alzheimer’s and other dementias,” said Laree Hulshoff, co-founder of Aging Mind Foundation.  “This is Aging Mind Foundation’s second year to team up with Katy Trail Ice House for the Brews, Bites and Brain Research and each year the event gets larger.  We want to bring awareness to our city on the importance of finding the cause of the dementias.”

 

Tickets for Brews, Bites and Brain Research are limited and available at agingmindfoundation.org/other-events/

 

Voted best patio in Dallas by D Magazine, guests will enjoy the Katy Trial Austin style beer garden located in the heart of Uptown Dallas. The extraordinary menu includes aged Texas smoked BBQ, slow smoked daily to create the perfect platter of BBQ. To accompany the bites, guests will enjoy the fifty-foot long bar boasting fifty beers on tap, ranging from Texas Domestics to Regional and International imports. 

 

Aging Mind Foundation hosts events throughout the year to raise funds and awareness for brain research. This includes the 4th Annual Aging Mind Foundation Gala,March 23, 2019. For more information on these events and on the Aging Mind Foundation, please visit AgingMindFoundation.org or Facebook.com/AgingMindFoundation.

 

Since the founding in 2013, the Aging Mind Foundation has raised more than $2 million to fund high-quality research. Alzheimer’s disease is the fifth leading cause of death for those 65 and older, and one of the most expensive diseases in the nation. There is currently no way to prevent, cure or even slow its progression. 

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Abraham Salum, Laree Hulshoff, Ben Fischer, Kristin Kline, Don Short

Minds Around Martinis, benefiting the Aging Mind Foundation, raised more than $13,300 for brain research during a September 23 brunch at Salum Restaurant in Dallas. Aging Mind Foundation’s mission is to find a cause for Alzheimer’s and other dementias. 

During the brunch, guests enjoyed a delicious array of scrumptious bites and the“ROXOR Classic Martini” and “The ROXY,” made with exquisite artisan gin distilled right here in Dallas.  

Aging Mind Foundation hosts events throughout the year to raise funds and awareness for brain research, including Brews Bites and Brain Research, October 24 at Katy Trail Ice House in Dallas; and the 4th Annual Aging Mind Foundation Gala, March 23, 2019. For more information, please visit AgingMindFoundation.orgor Facebook.com/AgingMindFoundation. 

Since its founding in 2013, the Aging Mind Foundation has raised more than $2 million to fund brain research in the North Texas area. Alzheimer’s disease is the fifth leading cause of death for those 65 and older, and one of the most expensive diseases in the nation. There is currently no way to prevent, cure or even slow its progression. Aging Mind Foundation is dedicated to supporting research designed to find the cause of Alzheimer’s and other dementias.

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Dr Barbara Stopschinski, Aging Mind Foundation Fellow; Dr. Marc Diamond, Director of UT Southwestern’s Center for Alzheimer’s and Neurodegenerative Diseases; Ashley Tatum, AMF Board Member; Cara Owens, AMF Board Member; and Laree Hulshoff, Founder of AMF.

Aging Mind Foundation set out to raise $450,000 for the Center for Alzheimer’s and Neurodegenerative Diseases and the Peter O’Donnell Jr. Brain Institute at UT Southwestern Medical Center, led by Dr. Marc Diamond.  Following successful fundraising efforts by Aging Mind Foundation, the organization surprised the team at UT Southwestern with a check for $700,000 in the hopes of finding the cause of Alzheimer’s and other dementias. 

 

“Alzheimer’s research is imperative as the number of people diagnosed are reaching epidemic proportions,” said Laree Hulshoff, co-founder of Aging Mind Foundation.  “Aging Mind Foundation chose UT Southwestern and Dr. Diamond’s program, because of the depth and quality of research currently happening at UT Southwestern.”

 

The most recent discovery occurred in July when scientists at UT Southwestern announced they had discovered a “Big Bang” of Alzheimer’s disease; the precise point at which a healthy protein becomes toxic but has not yet formed deadly tangles in the brain. 

 

“This is perhaps the biggest finding we have made to date,” said Dr. Marc Diamond, Director of UT Southwestern’s Center for Alzheimer’s and Neurodegenerative Diseases, Professor of Neurology and Neurotherapeutics, who holds the Distinguished Chair in Basic Brain Injury and Repair. “We are hopeful the scientific field has turned a corner in identifying the genesis of the disease and we can target the diagnoses at its earliest stage, before the symptoms of memory loss and cognitive decline become apparent.”

 

The $700,000 grant will fund research to identify molecular mechanisms and therapeutic targets that play a key role in the pathogenesis of disease. The research seeks to develop new therapies and diagnostics for Alzheimer’s that will allow diagnosis and treatment in people before the onset of cognitive problems.

 

Since the founding in 2013, the Aging Mind Foundation has raised more than $2 million to fund high-quality brain research in the North Texas area. Alzheimer’s disease is the fifth leading cause of death for those 65 and older, and one of the most expensive diseases in the nation. There is currently no way to prevent, cure or even slow its progression. Aging Mind Foundation is dedicated to supporting research designed to find the cause of the dementias.

 

Aging Mind Foundation hosts events throughout the year to raise funds and awareness for brain research, including Brew, Bites and Brain Research; October 24thand the 4th Annual Aging Mind Foundation Gala, March 23, 2019. For more information on these events and the Aging Mind Foundation, please visit AgingMindFoundation.orgor Facebook.com/AgingMindFoundation.

 

 

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Salum Restaurant and the Aging Mind Foundation are teaming up to raise funds for research in hopes of finding the cause, thus, ultimately a cure, for Alzheimer’s and other dementias. The event kicks off 12:30 p.m. on September 23 with cocktails, martinis, and hors d’oeuvres at Salum Restaurant, 4152 Cole Avenue in Dallas.

 

“We are committed to funding research on Alzheimer’s and dementia with the leading researchers in the country,” said Laree Hulshoff, co-founder of Aging Mind Foundation.  “Minds Around Martinis is a one-of-a-kind event bringing awareness to our city on how research is so important to finding the cause of the dementias.”

 

Guests will enjoy the distinguished food and drinks by Chef and Owner, Abraham Salum. The extraordinary menu includes a charcuterie platter with salami, chorizo, prosciutto, cornichons and toast points; ginger and lemongrass chicken; Asian meatballs with slaw and spicy gochujang sauce; roast beef sandwiches with melted manchego and a rosemary roasted garlic aioli with a few extra surprises.

 

“Bringing awareness to Alzheimer’s is a passion of mine,” said Abraham Salum, Chef and Owner of Salum Restaurant.  “My mother, Leticia, is currently battling Alzheimer’s. Finding the cause of this disease is essential, as it affects so many of us each day.”

 

To accompany the splendid cuisine, guests will enjoy ROXOR, an exquisite artisan, beautifully balanced gin distilled in Dallas. Martinis will include the “ROXOR Classic Martini” and “The ROXY”, a lighter cocktail that demonstrates a unique balance of sweet, sour, salty and bitter flavor. 

 

Tickets for Minds Around Martinis are limited and available at agingmindfoundation.org/other-events/

 

Aging Mind Foundation hosts events throughout the year to raise funds and awareness for brain research, including Brews Bites and Brain Research, October 24, 2018; and the 4thAnnual Aging Mind Foundation Gala, March 23, 2019. For more information on these events and the Aging Mind Foundation, please visit AgingMindFoundation.orgor Facebook.com/AgingMindFoundation.

 

Since the founding in 2013, the Aging Mind Foundation has raised more than $2 million to fund high-quality brain research in the North Texas area. Alzheimer’s disease is the fifth leading cause of death for those 65 and older, and one of the most expensive diseases in the nation. There is currently no way to prevent, cure or even slow its progression. Aging Mind Foundation is dedicated to supporting research designed to find the cause of the dementias.