The V Foundation and WWE have joined forces to raise money to support pediatric cancer research through Connor’s Cure. Connor’s Cure 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. WWE Chief Brand Officer Stephanie McMahon and her husband WWE Executive Vice President Talent, Live Events & Creative Paul “Triple H” Levesque established Connor’s Cure as a fund within Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh Foundation to support pediatric brain and spinal cord cancer research.
WWE visits Children’s Hospitals around the world, and have been inspired by the strength and courage shown by children facing even the the most unimaginable circumstances. Often, pediatric patients create alter-egos or personas to help them in their fight against cancer.
Connor “The Crusher” Michalek, Elijah “Drax Shadow” Mainville, Lance “The Tumornator” Hupkovich and “Krazy” Kelsey Hanahan are just a few examples of some of the Kid Superstars WWE has had the honor of meeting along the way.
Funds raised by WWE support Connor’s Cure through the V Foundation’s grant-making process. The V Foundation’s Scientific Advisory Committee vets and awards top-rated grant proposals from the nation’s leading medical facilities. In addition, funding will continue to support the research being done at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC.
Connor’s Cure has helped raise nearly $3 million and assisted more than 500 families around the world.
Watch the video below to learn more about Connor “The Crusher” Michalek.