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Emily Allbright, Executive Director, TeamConnor Childhood Cancer Foundation

TeamConnor Childhood Cancer Foundation has named Emily Allbright as executive director. Allbright has nearly 20 years of experience working with charitable organizations. As the executive director, Allbright will be responsible for developing and maintaining relationships with donors and sponsors, managing event logistics, and developing grant proposals for TeamConnor.

 

“Emily comes to TeamConnor with a strong background in the non-profit sector,” said Joy Cruse, co-founder and board president of TeamConnor Childhood Cancer Foundation. “Even though cancer is the leading cause of death by disease among children, childhood cancer receives less than four percent of government funding for research. Therefore, it’s critical for non-profits like TeamConnor to fill the gap by funding more research so better treatment plans can be developed and we can find a cure for this dreadful disease. Emily will be integral in partnering with private donors as well as corporations who want to be make the difference in saving kids.” 

 

TeamConnor was founded in 2008 while Connor Cruse was in the midst of his four-year battle with neuroblastoma cancer. Connor lost his battle in 2009, but TeamConnor remains committed to fight for all children. Since its founding, TeamConnor has donated more than $2.6 million to hospitals across the country who are committed to childhood cancer research. 

 

“TeamConnor has a great reputation for being a strong voice in the childhood cancer domain,” said Allbright. “I want to build on that tradition as well as pursue donors and organizations that are not currently involved in the cause. No one wants to see a child go through barbaric treatments or endure years of suffering because of a lack of funding research.”

 

TeamConnor hosts several events throughout the year to raise funds and awareness for childhood cancer research, including the 9th Annual Northwestern Mutual Clay Shoot, November 4, 2019 and the 16th Annual III Forks Golf Classic, May 3 - 4, 2020.  In addition, TeamConnor’s national program Coins for Kids with Cancer® raises funds in schools, churches, offices and organizations across the country to help fund childhood cancer research. More information on this program can be found at www.coinsforkidswithcancer.org.

 

Every year, more than 12,500 children and adolescents are diagnosed with cancer in the United States. TeamConnor Childhood Cancer Foundation is dedicated to raising awareness and funding research and treatment programs to find a cure for all childhood cancers.  

 

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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TeamConnor Childhood Cancer Foundation and Hawaiian Falls are teaming up Wednesday, July 17th for the eighth consecutive year to raise awareness and help fund research to find a cure for childhood cancers.  

Hawaiian Falls’ Splash Out Childhood Cancer tickets are only $22 plus tax (regular price is $28.99 plus tax) with proceeds benefiting TeamConnor. Children two years old and under are free. Tickets must be purchased at SplashOutCancer.org to receive the discount and are available for immediate download. The discount code is TEAMCONNOR19. 

Hawaiian Falls - The Colony has designated Wednesday, July 17, 2019, from 10:30 am – 6 pm as the day to officially Splash Out Childhood Cancer. Several honored families will be at Hawaiian Falls representing kids who are currently fighting childhood cancer, survivors, and even families who lost their child to childhood cancer.

“Connor always loved going to Hawaiian Falls, before and after he got sick,” said Joy Cruse, founder of TeamConnor Childhood Cancer Foundation and Connor’s mom. “Partnering with Hawaiian Falls for the eighth consecutive year makes a huge difference in funding more research for childhood cancer. When people purchase tickets for their family and friends through TeamConnor.org, they’re supporting research that could lead to better treatments for kids battling this horrible disease. Childhood cancer is the leading cause of death by disease in children under the age of 19 in the United States. We need better treatments and to keep looking for cures.”  

TeamConnor was founded in 2008 while Connor Cruse of Frisco was in the midst of his four-year battle with neuroblastoma cancer.  Connor lost his battle on July 10, 2009, but TeamConnor remains committed to fight for children who are battling cancer. 

In addition to Splash Out Childhood Cancer, TeamConnor hosts several events throughout the year to raise funds for childhood cancer research, including the 8th Annual Northwestern Mutual Clay Shoot, November 4th. In addition, TeamConnor’s Coins for Kids with Cancer program raises funds in schools, churches, offices, and organizations across the country to help fund childhood cancer research. Details on those events can be found at teamconnor.org.

Worldwide, a child is diagnosed with cancer every three minutes. In the United States, less than 4% of the National Cancer Institute’s annual budget supports childhood cancer research. Yet, cancer kills more children every year than AIDS, asthma, diabetes, cystic fibrosis and congenital anomalies combined.  The TeamConnor Childhood Cancer Foundation’s mission is to raise funds for national childhood cancer research projects, to build awareness of the limited government funding for childhood cancer research, and to support patient programs.

 

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

  

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ParkPlaceLexus.jpg Kathryn Copple, Executive Director TeamConnor Childhood Cancer Foundation; Chris Brunner, General Manager of Park Place Lexus Plano

Park Place Lexus Plano is the official automotive sponsor of the 15th Annual III Forks Golf Classic presented by Northwestern Mutual – Dallas and benefitting the TeamConnor Childhood Cancer Foundation on May 5-6 at III Forks Steakhouse and Gleneagles  Country Club. 

 

Babe Laufenberg, NFL quarterback and one of the most popular sports personalities in North Texas, will serve along with Fox 4 evening news anchor Steve Eagar, as Honorary Co-Chairs for the III Forks Golf Classic.  

 

“The III Forks Golf Classic is a terrific event that Park Place Lexus Plano has been a part of for several years now,” said Chris Brunner, General Manager of Park Place Lexus Plano. “Through this event, we are able to help fund more research for childhood cancer which is extremely underfunded. Through our efforts, we hope future kids will be spared from this dreadful disease.”

 

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 9thAnnual 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.  

 

Park Place Dealerships was founded in 1987 with one dealership in Dallas and today employs more than 2,000 people operating 16 full-service dealerships in Dallas, Fort Worth and Houston. Park Place Lexus Plano is located on the Dallas North Tollway at Spring Creek Parkway. For more info, visit parkplace.com.

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Kathy Nelson, 2019 Gala Chair; Ben Fischer, Laree Hulshoff, Co-Founder Aging Mind Foundation; Yvonne Crum, 2019 Gala Honoree and Michael Tregoning, President of Headington Companies.

The 5th Annual Aging Mind Foundation Gala was held at The Joule Dallas and raised over $720,000 to find the cause of Alzheimer’s and other dementias. Presented by Headington Companies, The Joule and Forty Five Ten, the event kicked off with a cocktail reception followed by a seated dinner with special entertainment by country music singer Jay Allen, a live auction and after party on the Joule Terrace. 

Yvonne and Mayo Crum were honored as the 2019 Gala Honorees. Sherwood Wagner served as the Honorary Chair and Kathy Nelson as Gala Chair. Greg Creed, Yum! Brands CEO, acted as Master of Ceremonies and hosted the dinner.    

“Over six million Americans are currently battling Alzheimer’s disease and by 2050, that number is expected to increase to 14 million Americans,” said Laree Hulshoff, co-founder of Aging Mind Foundation. “The Gala is our largest fundraiser of the year and since 2013, Aging Mind Foundation has raised more than $2 million to fund high-quality brain research. This year, the event benefits Yale University’s Cellular Neuroscience, Neurodegeneration and Repair program.” 

Guests were treated to exquisite food and drinks created by The Joule culinary team including roasted zucchini and spinach soup with whipped parmesan cream and focaccia croutons; dry aged New York strip with ravioli, broccoli rabe and green peppercorns; and limoncello mousse with a mélange of berries, and a polen fennel cookie.

The Aging Mind live auction gave guests the opportunity to bid on seven fabulous items such as an ultimate staycation at the Joule Hotel; an exclusive golf experience and lunch at the Dallas National Golf Club with Cowboys legend Ed “Too Tall” Jones and former Dallas Maverick all-star Jason “Jet” Terry; a private hunt at Togo Island; a Palm Desert driving experience; a VIP Hollywood trip to attend a taping of “Will & Grace;” private wine tastings and tours of Jean-Charles Boisset Collection in Napa Valley and Delouch Vineyards in Russian River Valley; and an exclusive VIP dinner at AT&T Stadium for the 2019 NFL Season kickoff. 

Country singer Jay Allen entertained guests. Among his songs, Allen sang “Blank Stares,” a song he recently wrote and recorded in honor of his mother, who passed away from Alzheimer’s in February. 

The evening concluded with a rooftop after-party on The Joule Terrace with the rich elements of the Dallas night sky.

The Joule Hotel was the presenting sponsor for the Aging Mind Gala. Additional sponsors included Headington Companies, Forty Five Ten, Mirador, The Spa at the Joule, CBD Provisions, Midnight Rambler, Wheelhouse, Sassetta, Maestro Dobel Tequila, Genevieve Gurchak, Pogo’s, PaperCity, Heritage Auctions, Thermal Club, BMW Performance Driving School, Jean Charles Boisset Collection in Napa Valley, Raymond Vineyards, Buena Vista Winery, Elleco Construction, Newt Walker Company, Vitro, Home Health Companions, Harbor Chase and Long Cove.

Since the founding in 2013 and with the backing of Michael Tregoning, President of Headington Companies, the Aging Mind Foundation has raised over $2 million to fund high-quality brain research. Alzheimer’s 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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Lisa & Mark Davis, Tait & Joy Cruse, and Steve Eager at the III Forks Golf Classic

Babe Laufenberg, NFL quarterback and one of the most popular sports personalities in North Texas, will serve along with Fox 4 evening news anchor Steve Eagar, as Honorary Co-Chairs for the 15th Annual III Forks Golf Classic on May 5 – 6, 2019.  

Presented by Northwestern Mutual – Dallas, this two-day event kicks off with dinner and a live and silent auction on Sunday evening, May 5, at III Forks Steakhouse in Dallas. On Monday, May 6, more than 300 golfers will gather at Gleneagles Country Club in Plano to compete on the Kings and Queens courses. 

“We are thrilled to have one of the most popular sports personalities and top news anchors in Dallas join us in our fight to raise money to support childhood cancer research,” said Kathryn Copple, Executive Director of Dallas-based TeamConnor Childhood Cancer Foundation.  

Babe Laufenberg was drafted by the Washington Redskins in 1983 and played eight years as a quarterback in the NFL. In addition to his time with Washington, he played for the New Orleans Saints, San Diego Chargers, and finished his career playing two seasons with the Dallas Cowboys. He was also selected in the Major League Baseball draft out of high school by the San Francisco Giants. On December 26, 2017, Babe’s then 19-year-old son, Luke Laufenberg, was diagnosed with a rare, fast growing form of Leukemia with only a 70-80% survival rate.  In May 2018, Luke was pronounced cancer free.  

Steve Eagar is a reporter and evening news anchor for Fox 4 News. Steve’s early life was focused on sports, eventually earning a baseball scholarship to Brigham Young University. He was drafted three times by major league baseball teams: the Cincinnati Reds, the San Francisco Giants, and finally the Detroit Tigers with whom he signed a contract and played three seasons in the Tiger’s minor league system. After baseball, Steve returned to BYU and completed his Communications degree with an emphasis on Broadcast News. He worked in Yuma, Arizona, Las Vegas, Nevada, and Salt Lake City, Utah before arriving at Fox 4 in the Dallas-Fort Worth market more than 21-years ago.  

“Babe Laufenberg has a miraculous story to share regarding Luke’s diagnosis and treatment,” said Copple. “Steve Eagar has served as our honorary chair the last two years, and we are so happy to have him back, as our attendees love his sense of humor and infectious positive attitude. With Laufenberg’s and Eager’s support, we hope to increase awareness of the critical need for more funding, better treatment protocols, and eventually cures for childhood cancers.”

Sponsors for the 2019 III Forks Golf Classic include: III Forks Steakhouse, Title Sponsor; Northwestern Mutual – Dallas, Presenting Sponsor; Park Place Lexus Plano, Automotive Sponsor; Leslie and Alex Beilin, Dinner Sponsor; PlainsCapital Bank, LeaderBoard Sponsor; Peter Millar – Legacy West; Patron Reception Sponsor; BenefitsTexas, Auction Sponsor; D1 Scouting, Valet Sponsor; Town & Country Roofing, Lunch Sponsor; Zigatta, Cart Sponsor; Marsh & McLennan Agency, Bourbon Pull Sponsor; Messick Peacock & Associate, Tent Sponsor; Candy and Scott Lane, Awards Sponsor; The Beck Group (2), Jordan Flournoy LLP, Becky and Rick Welday, Beverage Station Sponsors; Something Pretty Floral, Floral Sponsor; Dorfman Pacific, Hat Sponsors; Legacy Print Group, Print Sponsor; Candlelight Films, Video Sponsor; City Central, Website Sponsor; and 5 Star Expeditions, Armstrong Accountancy P.C., Charles Armstrong, CPA, Digital Range, Fluellen Cupcakes, Frost Bank, Stephanie and Loren Hsiao, Park West Gallery, Peter Millar (2), Pockets Menswear, Water Event, and Gary Wolfe, MBA, CPA, LUTCF, ChFC, CLTC, AEP, RICP (2), Hole Sponsors.

TeamConnor has donated more than $2.6 million in grants to the top research hospitals in the United States conducting cutting-edge research of childhood cancers. 

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.org or Facebook.com/TeamConnor.  

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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.