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 Global Talent Strategy & Development 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.
Fantasy Football Supports Connor’s Cure
A new National Fantasy Football Championship league, Sack Cancer, championed by WWE Superstar The Miz and primetime actor James Roday Rodriguez, is raising funds for Connor’s Cure in support of pediatric cancer research. The league is encouraging all participants to donate to Connor’s Cure in hopes of finding better treatments for kids battling cancer. The Miz and Rodriguez will donate their team winnings, as well as $1,000 per team for any team that finishes ahead of them in the final league standings.
Connor’s Cure Superstar Challenge
This September, be a star and join us by walking or running any distance, any time and any place, as you raise funds for pediatric cancer research.
WWE Superstars Visit Hospitals
WWE visits children’s hospitals around the world and have been inspired by the strength and courage shown by children facing even the most unimaginable circumstances. Often, pediatric patients create alter-egos or personas to help them in their fight against cancer.
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Connor’s Cure Funds Pediatric Cancer Research at the V Foundation
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.
This September, Dick Vitale and WWE combined their efforts this year to fund three pediatric grants totaling $1.8 million, with $900,000 being contributed by Vitale and WWE. Translational grants are three-year awards of $600,000 total and support bench-to-bedside research. Two of the grants will fund studies related to DIPG, a universally fatal brain cancer, and the third grant will fund research for solid tumors in children.
Connor’s Cure has helped raise nearly $3.5 million and assisted more than 500 families around the world.
Watch the video below to learn more about Connor “The Crusher” Michalek.