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TeamConnor Childhood Cancer Foundation and PINSTACK Bowl are teaming up to raise awareness and help fund research to find a cure for childhood cancers.  TeamConnor Back-To-School Bash will be held 12:00 pm Saturday, August 15th at PINSTACK Bowl in Plano.    

“Good things are happening for TeamConnor and we are delighted to partner with PINSTACK Bowl for our first Back-To-School Bash,” said Joy Cruse, founder of TeamConnor Childhood Cancer Foundation.  “With school just around the corner, this event will give families a fun opportunity before the end of summer while supporting the fight against childhood cancer.”

PINSTACK Bowl is a unique dining and entertainment destination operated by Entertainment Properties Group, Inc. and ranked one of D’s Best.  Tickets to the Back-To-School Bash are $50 and must be purchased at TeamConnor.org.  Admission for this event includes:   

  • Full-service buffet including Iced Tea, Water, and Soft Beverage Service
  • Use of Private Bowling Lanes for 3 hours
  • 2 Hours Unlimited Attractions (rock climbing, high ropes course, laser tag, bumper cars, laser maze)
  • 2 Hours Unlimited Non-Prize Video Games
  • 40 Point Player Card to use toward ticket/prize games

In addition to the Back-To-School Bash, TeamConnor hosts several other events throughout the year to raise funds and awareness for childhood cancer research, including the4thAnnual National Childhood Cancer Awareness Concert at Watter’s Creek September 12th; Color Me Green 5K and Caterpillar Dash Oct 3 and Northwestern Mutual Clay Shoot on November 5. 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.

Every year, more than 10,000 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.  

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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Kathryn Copple Development Manager for TeamConnor Childhood Cancer Foundation

TeamConnor Childhood Cancer Foundation has named Kathryn Copple as Development Manager.  Copple has more than nine years experience working with event planning, client relationship management and fundraising. As the Development Manager, Copple will be responsible for developing and maintaining relationships with donors, managing event logistics and processes and developing proposals for all foundation fundraising and grants.  

“Childhood cancer kills more children each year than cystic fibrosis, muscular dystrophy, asthma and AIDs combined; yet, the National Cancer Institute only allocates less than four percent of its budget to pediatric cancer,” said Copple, Development Manager of TeamConnor.  “As an advocate and face for childhood cancer, I am hoping to further TeamConnor’s mission, bring awareness and raise more funds for childhood cancer research.”

TeamConnor was founded in 2008 while Connor Cruse 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 all children who are battling cancer.

“Kathryn comes to TeamConnor with a background that will help us reach more donors and sponsors,” said Jamie Singer, Executive Director for TeamConnor Childhood Cancer Foundation. “As one of the leading causes of deaths among children, childhood cancer receives very little government funding for research.  Therefore, it’s imperative we continue to raise the bar that will eventually lead us to a cure for childhood cancer. Kathryn is a perfect fit in this fight against childhood cancer.”

In 2014, TeamConnor provided more than $360,000 in grants to five top research hospitals in the United States conducting cutting edge research of childhood cancers.  The organization has donated more than $1.7 million to research hospitals since its inception.

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.  

TeamConnor hosts several events throughout the year to raise funds for childhood cancer research, including Splash Out Childhood Cancer, July 16, National Childhood Cancer Awareness Concert, September 12, Color Me Green 5K & Caterpillar Dash, October 3 and Northwestern Mutual Clay Shoot, November 5. 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.

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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The III Forks Golf Classic Auction & Dinner benefiting TeamConnor Childhood Cancer Foundation raised a record $365,000 for the fight against the number one disease killer of children, cancer.

Local media personality Amy Vanderoef hosted the III Forks Golf Classic auction dinner while joined by 660-AM The Answer talk radio personality Mark Davis as Master of Ceremonies.  Dallas Cowboys Ring of Honor and NFL Hall of Fame 96’ member Mel Renfro and his wife served as Honorary Co-Chairs.  The live auction was full of exciting items such as trip to Napa Valley filled with VIP tours and tastings, Lajitas Golf Resort getaway, dinner in your home with Top Chef Tre Wilcox, Lexus of Champions for Charity National Championship at Pebble Beach, California, a Texas Rangers suite, and a seven-night stay at a Beach House in Seacrest, Florida.

III Forks was the title sponsor with Northwestern Mutual – Dallas the presenting sponsor for the 2015 III Forks Golf Classic. Additional sponsors included Park Place Lexus Plano, Partners National, Bang Whitetail Ranch, Alex Beilin, Benefits Texas, Scott & Reid General Contractors, Allgoods, EmCare, UnitedHealthcare, Northwestern Mutual Allen, Anchor Distilling Co., Jordan, Houser & Flournoy, LLP; Rick & Beck Welday, Mark Vehslage, Wing Stop, Charles Armstrong, Richard Asel, Scott & Candy Lane, Ben E. Keith, Gleneagles Country Club and Satterwhite Media.

More than 200 players came out to support the battle against childhood cancer at the golf tournament held at the prestigious Gleneagles Country Club in Plano.  Last year’s event raised more than $325,000, which helped fund numerous grants for cancer research projects across the country.   The TeamConnor Childhood Cancer Foundation has awarded more than $1.7 million in funding for research and patient programs to date. 

TeamConnor hosts several events throughout the year to raise funds for childhood cancer research, including the 4th Annual Splash Out Childhood Cancer at Hawaiian Falls The Colony July 16, the National Childhood Cancer Awareness Prayer Vigil and Concert September 12; Color Me Green 5K and Caterpillar Dash October 3; and Northwestern Mutual Clay Shoot November 5.  In addition, TeamConnor’s national Coins for Kids with Cancer program raises funds in schools, churches, offices and organizations to help fund childhood cancer research.

Worldwide, a child is diagnosed with cancer every three minutes. In the United States, cancer kills more children every year than AIDS, asthma, diabetes, cystic fibrosis and congenital anomalies combined. Yet, the National Cancer Institute allocates less than four percent of its funds to pediatric cancer research. TeamConnor Childhood Cancer Foundation is dedicated to serving families, building awareness, and raising funds for research to help cure childhood cancer.

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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Miller Elementary Coins for Kids With Cancer Photo by Mary Jane Coker - Back Row – Madeline Greenblatt, Jude Nicholaidis, Anusha Ali, Jamie Singer, Joy Cruse, Suzanne Hart, Jackson Shuey, Jenna Moon as Sally and Front Row - Georgia Foerster, Lexie Creevy
Miller Elementary, a Plano Independent School District school located in Richardson, collected more than $3,276 in the school’s 4th annual Coins for Kids with Cancer campaign.  An anonymous donor matched the amount raised by the kindergarten through 5th grade classes that resulted in more than $6,552 raised for childhood cancer research. 
 
The fundraiser is designed to encourage kids to learn the importance of giving back and how their participation can have an impact in the battle against childhood cancer.  Coins for Kids with Cancer is a program benefiting the Dallas-based non-profit, TeamConnor Childhood Cancer Foundation.  For more information on how to start a Coins for Kids with Cancer drive visit our website at www.coinsforkidswithcancer.org or Facebook.com/TeamConnor.
 
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The beginning of summer is right around the corner and moms across Texas are finalizing summer plans for their kids. TeamConnor Childhood Cancer Foundation is hosting the 4th Annual Splash Out Childhood Cancer this summer with discounted tickets to any of the five DFW Hawaiian Falls Waterparks for the entire 2015 season, which runs through Labor Day weekend. 
 
Splash Out Childhood Cancer tickets are $20, normally $26.99 plus tax, and must be purchased at TeamConnor.org. Children two years old and under are free.  The tickets can be used in Garland, The Colony, Mansfield, Roanoke and White Settlement throughout the summer. 
 
Splash Out Childhood Cancer will be held 10:30 am - 6 pm Thursday, July 16th at Hawaiian Falls The Colony to honor kids battling cancer and raise more awareness of the need for more research.
 
Tickets for this event must be purchased at www.teamconnor.org to receive the discount.  
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TeamConnor Childhood Cancer Foundation and Hawaiian Falls are teaming up for the fourth consecutive year to raise awareness and help fund research to find a cure for childhood cancers.  Splash Out Childhood Cancer will be held 10:30 am - 6 pm Thursday, July 16th at Hawaiian Falls The Colony. 

“This is a fun event the entire family can participant in while helping fund more research for childhood cancer,” said Joy Cruse, founder of TeamConnor Childhood Cancer Foundation.  “Although the Splash Out Childhood Cancer event takes place July 16, these tickets are good any day throughout the summer at any of the Hawaiian Falls water parks in North Texas.”

Proceeds from Splash Out Childhood Cancer at Hawaiian Falls The Colony benefits TeamConnor, a 501(c)(3) organization. Tickets are only $20, normally $26.99 plus tax and must be purchased at TeamConnor.org to receive the discount.  Children two years and under are free. 

Splash Out Childhood Cancer tickets are valid throughout the summer at any of the five North Texas Hawaiian Falls locations in Garland, The Colony, Mansfield, Roanoke and White Settlement.  Hawaiian Falls opens for the season on Saturday, May 23 and will continue fun-in-the-sun operations through Labor Day weekend.

“Supporting TeamConnor is part of our mission to give back to the community while bringing families closer together,” said David Bush, Hawaiian Falls president and CEO. “We’re planning a great day for families, including fun games, contests and special activities led by our Team Splash Group. Several honored families will be here representing kids who are currently fighting childhood cancer, survivors, and even some who are here in memory of a child who lost their battle against childhood cancer.”

In addition to Splash Out Childhood Cancer, TeamConnor hosts several other events throughout the year to raise funds and awareness for childhood cancer research, including theIII Forks Golf Classic and Auction Dinner May 3 – 4, 4thAnnual National Childhood Cancer Awareness Concert at Watter’s Creek September 12th; Color Me Green 5K and Caterpillar Dash and Northwestern Mutual Clay Shoot on November 5.  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.

Every year, more than 12,000 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.  

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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Carolyn Alvey

TeamConnor Childhood Cancer Foundation recently appointed Carolyn Alvey as president of its Board of Directors. Alvey has served on the Board since its inception in 2008. As president, Alvey will lead the Board in reaching the organization’s long-term mission to build awareness and fund research to develop better treatments for childhood cancers and ultimately finding a cure.

“Watching Connor Cruse fight neuroblastoma and hearing about the incredibly painful treatments he endured led me to want to help,” said Alvey, vice president of Aardvark Communications, a Dallas-based pubic relations and marketing firm.  “Connor beat neuroblastoma into remission, but he developed a secondary sheath tumor as a result of the radiation treatments he received. The treatments children receive while fighting cancer are toxic and can cause as many problems as the cancer itself. The only way to develop better treatments and save our children is to engage more researchers, but that takes hard dollars. We need communities around the country to rally to help save thousands of kids.”

TeamConnor has provided more than $1.7 million in grants to the top research hospitals in the United States conducting cutting edge research of childhood cancers. The organization has also funded art activity boxes for cancer patients at Children’s Health – Children’s Medical Center Dallas.

“Carolyn has helped establish TeamConnor as one of the preeminent childhood cancer organizations in North Texas,” said Joy Cruse, founder of Dallas-based TeamConnor Childhood Cancer Foundation. “With more awareness and additional funding, better treatment protocols and eventually cures will be be found, but it will take significant private and corporate support to fund the brightest researchers across the country. We are pleased Carolyn will be leading our Board in this vitally important battle.” 

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 in May, Splash Out Childhood Cancer in July, National Childhood Cancer Awareness Concert (September) and the Northwestern Mutual Clay Shoot in November. In addition, TeamConnor’s national Coins for Kids with Cancer® program 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.

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

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Photo Credit: Shana Anderson

TeamConnor Childhood Cancer Foundation has named Jamie Singer as its Executive Director.  Singer has more than fifteen years experience working with non-profit organizations, event planning and fundraising. As the Executive Director, Singer will be responsible for donor and sponsor development, planning of events, overseeing day-to-day operations, and supporting the Board of Directors with the organization’s long-term mission.

“Children's causes have always been a big part of my life,” said Singer, Executive Director of TeamConnor.  “When I heard the story of Connor and met his family, I knew TeamConnor was where I should be to help children diagnosed with cancer. As executive director, I am following a life passion for helping those that can not help themselves and need a voice in this difficult fight.” 

TeamConnor was founded in 2008 while Connor Cruse 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 all children who are battling cancer.

“Jamie comes to TeamConnor with a strong background in fundraising for non-profit organizations,” said Joy Cruse, founder of Dallas-based TeamConnor Childhood Cancer Foundation. “As one of the leading causes of deaths among children, childhood cancer receives very little government funding for research.  Therefore, if better treatment protocols and eventually, cures are to be found, it will take significant private and corporate support to fund the brightest researchers across the country. We are pleased Jaime is on our team to move the needle in this battle.”

In 2014, TeamConnor provided more than $360,000 in grants to five top research hospitals in the United States conducting cutting edge research of childhood cancers. 

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, Splash Out Childhood Cancer, and the Northwestern Mutual Clay Shoot. 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.

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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Hawaiian Falls CEO David Busch (L) and White Settlement Mayor Jerry Burns in front of the Hawaiian Falls White Settlement Adventure Park.
Hawaiian Falls recently opened a one-of-a-kind Adventure Park and Event Center off Loop 820 and Clifford Street in White Settlement.

“Our year-round Adventure Park is a natural extension of our mission to bring families closer together,” said Hawaiian Falls CEO David Busch. “We want families to climb and zip and tackle unique ropes challenges together to create memories that will last a lifetime. Our Adventure Park provides safe, fun and compelling activities for guests of all ages to explore unknown strengths, push boundaries, climb to thrilling heights and even experience a unique 60-foot free-fall. We’re also offering traditional festival games and activities on the ground for guests of all ages and fitness levels.”
 
Hawaiian Falls Adventure Park features a two-level Family Adventure Trail with nine rope bridges connected to five towers; a 70-foot high, 1,000-foot long Zip Line Canopy Tour; three-level Challenge Course with 45 different activities; six-story Free Fall; 30-foot Climbing Wall; and 30-foot Cargo Net Climb. An Adventure Park Day Pass is $24.99 for guests 48 inches and taller; and $17.99 for children 42 - 47 inches tall, senior citizens and active duty military personnel. Children less than 42 inches tall can participate on the Family Adventure Trail for $5 per child. All Big Kahuna Day Pass admissions receive 10 festival tickets during the Fall Festival and Christmas Festival.
  
Hawaiian Falls also opened the Aloha Event Center which features a Family Arcade, Birthday Rooms, an Ice Cream Shoppe and meeting facilities with full-service catering for groups ranging from 250 persons in a classroom setting; 275 for a seated dinner; 300 theatre-style; or 400 for receptions.
 
Hawaiian Falls Adventure Park offers a team building program for businesses and corporations, school districts, churches and other organizations looking to have fun together while improving communications, instilling trust among team members, learning problem-solving skills, and improving overall effectiveness and productivity.
 
With safety as the top priority, Hawaiian Falls Adventure Park carefully selected a full-body harness and Smart Belay System by EDELRID—considered the safest in the world according to the San Diego Zoo. The Smart Belay System is a set of two lobster-claw lanyards in which one is always connected to the safety line. Unless one claw is locked on the line, the second claw will not open, ensuring the guest is always secured. Hawaiian Falls has a minimum of two safety check points for each zip line—one on the ground, and a second at the top of each tower.
 
Adventure Park attractions:
Closed-toed and closed-heel shoes are required for guests using the Adventure Park.
 
• The Family Adventure Trail features 9 rope bridges and tunnels on three levels. Family members who are at least 42-inches tall may participate solo, while guests under 42-inches must be accompanied by someone 17 years or older. Weight limit is 250 pounds per person. 
 
A helmet, full-body harness and smart belay system are required for all of the following:
• The three-level Challenge Course with 15 different ropes activities on each level, ranging from 2-feet to 60-feet off the ground, for a total of 45 distinct challenges. Guests practice using the smart belay system to navigate different challenges and must demonstrate proficiency on one level before advancing to the next level, finishing the third level with the Tiki Zip Line, for a unique challenge-by-choice experience. Guests must be at least 48-inches tall and weigh at least 60 pounds but no more than 250 pounds to participate.

• Zip Line Canopy Tour includes two 500-foot long, 60-to-15-foot high zip lines that traverse the park. The Smart Belay System is also used on this attraction. Guests must be at least 48-inches tall and weigh at least 60 pounds and no more than 250 pounds.
 
•  Free Fall offers the adrenaline-pumping thrill of jumping off a seven-story tower and free falling with the security of a full-body harness and auto-belay system to guide the guest safely to the ground. Guests must be at least 48-inches tall and weigh at least 60 pounds and no more than 250 pounds.
 
• The Cargo Net Climb requires balance, strength and determination to reach the top of this 30-foot rope ladder. An auto-belay system is used for this attraction.
 
• Use upper body strength and secure footwork to navigate a 30-foot tall Climbing Wall. An auto-belay system is used for this attraction.
 
Hawaiian Falls’ outdoor Fall Festival started October 3 and runs through November 23, featuring arts & crafts; bounce houses; a pumpkin patch and pumpkin decorating stations; LIVE entertainment; Catch & Release fishing pond; and the Spooky Lazy River Boat Ride. In addition, the park will offer a Trick or Treat Trail 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. Friday, October 31. Entrance to the festival grounds and family arcade is free. Attractions are priced individually, ranging from $1 - $8 each. Hours are 3 p.m. – 9 p.m. Fridays; 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. Saturdays; and 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Sundays.
 
“Our Fall and Christmas Festivals allow us to offer something for the whole family while introducing the idea that healthy activity is achievable and fun for families that might not consider themselves adventurous.  Our Adventure Park concept is a “Challenge by Choice” experience, meaning an individual challenges himself and once they accomplish a task they advance to something more challenging. We hope bystanders will see how much fun people are having and decide to try a low impact activity. Almost everyone can have fun on the Family Adventure Trail.”

Hawaiian Falls White Settlement Adventure Park and Aloha Event Center are located at 301 N. Las Vegas Trail, behind Veterans Park in White Settlement.  From Loop 820, go East on Clifford Street, then turn right (South) on N. Las Vegas Trail. The main entrance is on the right, just before the post office. 

Celebrating more than a decade of bringing families closer together, Hawaiian Falls operates water parks in Garland, The Colony, Mansfield, Roanoke and Waco. In White Settlement and Pflugerville, Hawaiian Falls operates Adventure Park – Water Park – Event Center combinations. More information is available at hfalls.com http://hfalls.com>  http://hfalls.com http://hfalls.com/>  or facebook.com/hfalls http://facebook.com/hfalls>  http://facebook.com/hfalls> .  

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The 3rdAnnual Color Me Green 5K & Caterpillar Dash benefiting TeamConnor Childhood Cancer Foundation raised more than $26,000 for childhood cancer research. 

“The Color Me Green 5k drew 450 walkers and runners in support of the fight against childhood cancer,” said Julie Armstrong of Dallas, an avid runner and this year’s event chair. “We are always looking to further TeamConnor’s mission, bring awareness and raise money for childhood cancer.” 

Hundreds of runners, walkers, families and childhood cancer advocates showed their support by coloring Frisco Square Green on Saturday, October 4th. A special balloon release kicked off the 5k in honor of cancer survivors, patients, and those who have lost their lives to the disease.

The event included fun activities for the whole family such as face painting, complimentary massages, a bounce house, snacks and music. At the Green Party and awards ceremony, medals were presented to the top overall male and female finishers, as well as to the top three finishers in various age categories. Prizes were also awarded for the “Greenest” male and female.

Sponsors included Humana, Caliber Home Loans, Cook Children’s Physician Group, Group and Pension Administrators, Marchand & Rossi, LLP, Ray Chiropractic, Chris Vogeli and Joy and Tait Cruse.

TeamConnor hosts several events throughout the year to raise funds for childhood cancer research, including the Northwestern Mutual Clay Shoot November 6 and the III Forks Golf Classic & Auction Dinner on May 3-4, 2015.  In addition, TeamConnor’s national Coins for Kids with Cancer® program raises funds in schools, churches, offices and organizations to help fund childhood cancer research.

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. TeamConnor has awarded $1.6 Million in funding for childhood cancer research and patient programs across the country since 2008.  

Worldwide, a child is diagnosed with cancer every three minutes. In the United States, cancer kills more children every year than AIDS, asthma, diabetes, cystic fibrosis and congenital anomalies combined. Yet, the National Cancer Institute allocates less than four percent of its funds to pediatric cancer research. TeamConnor Childhood Cancer Foundation is dedicated to serving families, building awareness, and raising funds for research to help cure childhood cancer.

For more information on how to join the fight against childhood cancer, please visit teamconnor.org or Facebook.com/TeamConnor.