Putting Cancer To Sleep
Let's get this part over with - wrestling is fake and I should have outgrown it 20 years ago. Got it. But dammit it's Wrestlemania season which still brings a smile to my face and this year I'm excited to add to the celebration by showing my support for and bringing attention to Connor's Cure, a WWE Initiative benefiting the V Foundation. WWE and Connor's Cure have joined forces with the V Foundation to fight pediatric cancer. I am blessed to be the father of a healthy 4 year old boy who brightens every one of my days. Sadly, not everyone is so lucky. Each year, the parents of approximately 15,300 kids will hear the words “your child has cancer.” Across all ages, ethnic groups and socio-economics, this disease remains the number one cause of death by disease in children. Despite major advances – from an overall survival rate of 10 percent just fifty years ago to nearly 90 percent today, for many rare cancers, the survival rate is much lower. Furthermore, the number of diagnosed cases annually has not declined in nearly 20 years.
- Every day, 43 children are diagnosed with cancer.
- 12% of children diagnosed with cancer do not survive.
- Children’s cancer affects all ethnic, gender and socio-economic groups.
- The average age of children diagnosed is six.
- More than 40,000 children undergo treatment for cancer each year.
- 60% of children who survive cancer suffer late-effects, such as infertility, heart failure and secondary cancers.
- There are approximately 375,000 adult survivors of children’s cancer in the United States. That equates to 1 in 530 adults ages 20-39.
Your donation to Connor's Cure will fund critical pediatric cancer research at prominent cancer centers nationwide through the V Foundation's grant-making process. Do your part in putting cancer down for the ultimate 1-2-3!
About Connor's Cure
Stephanie McMahon, Paul "Triple H" Levesque, WWE and its fans are strong supporters of pediatric cancer research. Stephanie and Paul became passionate about pediatric cancer research, when they met WWE fan Connor Michalek. Connor, 8, was battling medulloblastoma, a rare tumor that affects the brain and spinal cord. Connor formed a special connection with Stephanie and Paul and many WWE Superstars and Divas. When Connor lost his battle with medulloblastoma in April 2014, Stephanie and Paul decided to honor him by creating Connor's Cure, a fund at the Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh.
The partnership between Connor's Cure and the V Foundation for Cancer Research expands Connor's Cure outside of Childen's Foundation to support top research centers and hospitals nationwide. To date, Connor's Cure has helped raise nearly $3 million and assisted more than 400 families around the world.
As a result of this partnership, funds raised by WWE will support Connor's Cure through the V Foundation's grant-making process. The V Foundation's Scientific Advisory Committe, comprised of world-class physicians and research scientists, reviews 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 the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.