#WWE #TheVFoundation Knocking Out Pediatric Cancer

#WWE #TheVFoundation Knocking Out Pediatric Cancer

Many of you who follow along with Main Street Mama know that we are a #WWEFamily. When I first  became a #WWEMoms my son was becoming a #wrestlingaddict.  I was fortunate to be invited to meet WWE Chief Brand Officer and mom of 3 Stephanie McMahon. Upon meeting Steph we were introduced further to the WWE Brand. WWE was striving to incorporate family values back into their sports entertainment business. Those values start at the corporate level and trickle down to the athletes and to the fans. It’s one of the things we love most about WWE.

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Shortly after becoming a #WWEMoms, WWE established Connor’s Cure . Connor’s Cure was established in honor of 8-year-old WWE fan Connor Michalek, a patient at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC who battled medulloblastoma, a rare tumor that affects the brain and spinal cord. To date, Connor’s Cure has raised nearly $1 million and assisted more than 100 families around the world. I will never forget our first WWE event where we learned about Connors Cure my than 6.5 yr old rested his head on my shoulder and cried. Later that night he came to me with $50.00 from his own wallet and asked me to buy a Connor’s Cure bracelet for all his friends.

This past week WWE and The V Foundation announced  a multi-year partnership.

The new partnership will expand Connor’s Cure outside of Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh Foundation and support other top research centers and hospitals nationwide. As a result of the new partnership, funds raised by WWE will support Connor’s Cure through The V Foundation’s grant-making process. The V Foundation’s Scientific Advisory Committee, comprised of world-class physicians and research scientists, 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.

WWE is committed to raising awareness and funds for pediatric cancer research throughout the year through the sale of Connor’s Cure bracelets, fundraising programs and through its global platforms including WWE Network and TV broadcasts, live events, and digital and social media.

Every year, 12,000-15,000 children are newly diagnosed with cancer in the U.S. Through the efforts of The V Foundation, progress is being made with cure rates for most pediatric cancers dramatically improving. The V Foundation has awarded nearly $20 million through 66 pediatric research grants to-date, including more than $5 million to pediatric cancer research in 2015.

WWE Superfan Battling Cancer Meets his Favorite Superstars and Divas

WWE Superfan Battling Cancer Meets his Favorite Superstars and Divas
As my readers know , our house is filled with WWE fans not just my son, but my husband , nephew , myself and my son’s friends gather around the television for every pay per view event, Monday Night Raw and Smack Down Thursdays. I explain to my son that the WWE Superstars are sports entertainers and that he is not supposed to mimic what they do on television, and usually I get a response well what about all the good they do for Connor’s Cure , Make a Wish  and of course the Dream Foundation. I guess he has a point there. When I read the piece on how WWE Superfan Battling Cancer Meets his Favorite Superstars and Divas I just had to share it with you all.
Last Sunday night, in Roanoke, VA, WWE and the Dream Foundation teamed up so that a WWE fan battling lung cancer could have his dream fulfilled.  He was able to attend the show and meet with some of his favorite WWE Superstars and Divas.  An excerpt from the story is below and the full story is available here :http://www.wset.com/story/29436141/man-battling-lung-cancer-meets-wwe-superstarFor one night, cancer was not on their minds, as WWE Superstars came in, one by one, to greet the Fulchers, and brighten their spirits. Kisses from WWE Diva Cameron, and a bear hug from Ryback made their situation the last thing on their minds. Just before showtime, the Fulcher’s favorite wrestler, Roman Reigns, stopped by to meet his biggest fan.

For the WWE Superstar, it’s a moment that is uplifting to him as well, saying “When you can take a little bit of extra time to connect personally with somebody, and make a friend. That’s what’s awesome, the friendships, the relationships. That’s what you take with you.”

Roman Reigns and SuperFan Kenneth Fulcher

Roman Reigns and SuperFan Kenneth Fulcher

For this #WWEMOM I love reading these pieces and sharing them with my son. This summer after reading this he has decided to take a reading challenge and raise money for Connor’s Cure and the Dream Foundation. Not only is it teaching him to care for other’s but it’s increasing his knowledge.

 

Thank you to the WWE Superstars who give so much of their personal time to make precious days a little better.

 

I was not compensated for this post. We love the WWE and what it stands for with family and core values.

 

Connor Michalek WWE’s first ever #Warrior Award Recipient

Connor Michalek  WWE’s first ever #Warrior Award Recipient

Connor Michalek, a Pittsburgh native and passionate WWE fan who passed away last year from cancer, will be the first-ever recipient of The #Warrior Award, which will be presented each year at the WWE Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony.  The Warrior Award will be given to someone who has exhibited unwavering strength and perseverance, and who lives life with the courage and compassion that embodies the indomitable spirit of WWE Hall of Famer, The Ultimate Warrior.  This year, the award will be presented by The Ultimate Warrior’s widow, Dana Warrior, and WWE Superstar Daniel Bryan to Steve Michalek, Connor’s father.

WWE will present an award in my husband’s name each year at the WWE Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony,” said Dana Warrior.  “Connor displayed all of the positive traits that Warrior stood for, and he is the perfect recipient for this inaugural award. I am sure that Warrior is smiling today, knowing that this award is being given to a true warrior.”

With the love of his family and WWE Superstars as well as the tremendous care by Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC, Connor battled cancer like a true warrior for as long as he could, and his charisma made him a local celebrity in Pittsburgh. Connor’s spirit inspired WWE Chief Brand Officer Stephanie McMahon and WWE Executive Vice President of Talent, Live Events & Creative, Paul “Triple H” Levesque to launch “Connor’s Cure,” a fund dedicated to furthering Pediatric cancer research.

 

Connors’ Cure bracelets are available to purchase for $5.00 .   Whenever we have attended a WWE event we have  purchased bracelets to support  #ConnorsCure. I must say that whenever I wear mine it symbolizes to me to take a moment and be thankful.  We try to teach our son to care for others.  Connor has touched his heart and he reminds me each time we head to a WWE Event to text our donation for Connor.   As a parent I couldn’t imagine what his parents have gone through , but I hope they know that #ConnorTheCrusher is an inspiration to this #WWEMOM and many other #Warriors.

A small reminder of Connor who made a HUGE impact #ConnorTheCrusher

A small reminder of Connor who made a HUGE impact #ConnorTheCrusher

The WWE Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will air live on Saturday, March 28 on WWE Network at 8 p.m. If you don’t already have the WWE Network for $9.99 it is the most worthwhile monthly expense you will have.