In Their Own Words: Stephanie McMahon
The V Foundation is successful thanks to the contributions of many: donors, corporate partners, our incredible Board and Scientific Advisory Committee and the amazing researchers to whom we award grants. With “In Their Own Words,” we sit down with key members of our team to learn more about their commitment to the V Foundation and their personal desire to put an end to cancer. In this edition, we chat with WWE Chief Brand Officer and the founder of Connor’s Cure, Stephanie McMahon.
The V Foundation: How did your involvement with Connor’s Cure begin?
Stephanie McMahon: My husband and I started Connor’s Cure in honor of an eight-year-old WWE fan named Connor Michalek who lost his fight against cancer. Connor’s Cure is designed to find a cure for pediatric cancer and ensure that no other child or their family suffers the way Connor did.
TVF: Do you have a favorite story about Connor?
SM: My favorite story about Connor was when his favorite nurse at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh would come to give him his chemo treatment, and he would boo her as if he were at a WWE event. It made everyone laugh and called out the situation for what it was.
TVF: September is Pediatric Cancer Awareness Month and you, along with many WWE Superstars, will visit kids battling cancer in hospitals across the country. What is the best part of those visits for you personally?
SM: WWE’s mission is to put smiles on people’s faces, whether we do that through our content or by giving back to the community. But when WWE Superstars visit the kids battling cancer in hospitals around the country, those kids are the ones who make us smile. Whether it is a hug, a laugh, a high five, a song they sing, or the artwork on the walls, we leave inspired by their love of life.
TVF: What led to your decision to partner with the V Foundation?
SM: We partnered with the V Foundation because we wanted to have the opportunity to work with the best scientists and researchers on a national basis working to find a cure for pediatric cancer. Also, because there is a separate endowment for overhead and salaries, every dollar donated to the V Foundation goes directly towards research.
TVF: What does “Victory Over Cancer” look like to you?
SM: “Victory over Cancer” means not only finding a cure for cancer but finding the causes and stopping it before it ever starts. Cancer is an insidious disease that affects far too many people, including our children. We need to end it once and for all.