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Joy Cruse, Founder of TeamConnor Childhood Cancer Foundation and Marlee Matlin, Academy Award Winning Actress at Each Moment Matters Luncheon

The Presbyterian Communities and Services Foundation’s annual Each Moment Matters Luncheon, held at the Hilton Anatole on September 29th, welcomed more than 1,000 guests to honor Dallas’ own everyday heroes and philanthropic visionaries. Joy Cruse, founder of TeamConnor Childhood Cancer Foundation, was honored with the “Joy of Service” award and presented with a check for $15,000. This luncheon is designed to bring focus to individuals who strive diligently, each working within his or her passions, to be an agent for change in the world around them. 

Honorees were nominated based on devotion to the community; faith in serving others; courage; personal and professional integrity; and leadership within the community.

“I am humbled to be honored and for TeamConnor to be recognized at the ‘Each Moment Matters’ luncheon,” said Cruse. “Over the past 20 years, the FDA has approved about 190 new cancer treatments for adults, but only three for children. With more grants, we are one step closer to find a cure for childhood cancer.”

TeamConnor Childhood Cancer Foundation is the legacy of eight-year-old Connor Cruse of Frisco, who lost his four-year battle with neuroblastoma in 2009. Since 2008, TeamConnor has awarded over $2 million in funding for childhood cancer research and patient programs across the country. 

For more information on how to join the fight against childhood cancer, please visit or 

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