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Clay Shoot 2015.jpg Left to Right: Luke Cione, Chuck Harbison, Chris Lott, Tait Cruse, Carson Cruse, Bob Lewis and Travis Lewis enjoying the 5th Annual Northwestern Mutual Clay Shoot 2015.

The fifth annual Northwestern Mutual Clay Shoot returned to the Dallas Gun Club for another year of outdoor fun benefiting TeamConnor Childhood Cancer Foundation.  More than 130 people attended the event, which raised over $54,000 for childhood cancer research and programs implemented by TeamConnor.

“The Clay Shoot has grown every year and we appreciate the dedication and support of such a generous group,” said Kathryn Copple, executive director of TeamConnor. “With every dollar that is raised, we can commit more funding to prominent researchers dedicated to eradicating childhood cancer.”

Sponsors for the event included Northwestern Mutual Dallas, Partners National, Web TPA Employer Services, Sewell, Mark Vehslage, Mullis Newby Hurst LP and Scott & Reid. 

TeamConnor has donated more than $1.8 million to research institutions since it was founded in 2008, following the cancer diagnosis of four-year-old Connor Cruse who lost his battle to cancer in 2009.  

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.  

TeamConnor hosts several events throughout the year to raise funds for childhood cancer research, including the III Forks Golf Classic and Auction Dinner to be held May 1 – 2, 2016; Splash Out Childhood Cancer; National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month Concert and Prayer Vigil; and the Color Me Green 5K. 

In addition, TeamConnor’s national Coins for Kids with Cancer program raises funds in schools, churches, offices and organizations across the country. 

For more information on TeamConnor events and how you can become a childhood cancer advocate, please visit or find us at

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