Join Us in Supporting Critical Pediatric Cancer Research
As many get set to head back to school or get ready to watch their favorite football team take the field, here at the V Foundation, September means something very special to us: Pediatric Cancer Awareness Month. This month, we look to raise awareness and dollars to help fund critical, life-saving research that could save a young person you know. We have several programs that focus on pediatric cancer:
WWE and Connor’s Cure
In 2016, WWE and the V Foundation joined forces to support pediatric cancer research via funds raised by Connor’s Cure.
This initiative was created in honor of 8-year-old WWE fan Connor Michalek, who battled medulloblastoma, a rare tumor that affects the brain and spinal cord. After meeting the young man and being inspired by his spirit and perseverance, WWE executives Stephanie McMahon and her husband, Paul “Triple H” Levesque, established “Connor’s Cure” to support pediatric cancer research. The initiative has helped raise nearly $2 million and assisted more than 260 families around the world.
In addition to helping raise funds that will go to critical pediatric research grants, WWE is committed to also raising awareness for pediatric cancer. Keep an eye on WWE TV broadcasts this month, and you’ll see Superstars rocking their favorite Connor’s Cure gear. Their team will also visit local hospitals to lift the spirits of young people currently battling cancer.
We are grateful to the WWE team for their passion and commitment to helping us put an end to pediatric cancer.
John Saunders Memorial Cancer Research Grant
Last year, we lost a friend. John Saunders, who passed away in August 2016, was an impassioned advocate of pediatric cancer research. John was a dedicated V Foundation supporter, including serving as the emcee at the Dick Vitale Gala for many years, which supports pediatric cancer research.
But John was so much more than just a legendary broadcaster and V Foundation supporter. As his friend Dickie V once said, “John was filled with passion, pride and loyalty to the people he respected and admired.”
To honor John’s legacy, and recognize the many years he invested in helping defeat pediatric cancer, we created the John Saunders Grant for Pediatric Cancer Research. The grant will help accelerate research aimed at stopping children’s cancers.
Our Commitment to Pediatric Research, Supported by Bristol-Myers Squibb
Immunotherapy is one of the most exciting areas in the current cancer research field. New ideas and findings are pouring in from researchers doing ground-breaking and fascinating work every day.
One focus that has drawn our interest is pediatric immuno-oncology. While certain treatments that have been discovered via immunotherapy research may be effective on adults, treating childhood cancers can be entirely different. So more research is needed to help us find ways to treat our youngest cancer patients and lead them down a path to a long and healthy life.
To fund more critical research, you need the commitment of supporters big and small. We were ecstatic to receive a $2.5 million charitable contribution from Bristol-Myers Squibb for cancer immunology research that we intend to use for pediatric programs. Their support will help fund grants that could lead to breakthroughs in how we fight pediatric cancer.