Childhood cancer is the leading cause of death by disease in children under the age of 15 in the U.S. Yet, childhood cancer research is drastically underfunded. Connor’s Heroes Foundation helps to bridge the gap by funding research here in Richmond while we also provide direct support to help area families. RVA Cures (#rvacures) will help build awareness of how childhood cancer affects the lives of families and talk about how researchers in Richmond, Virginia are looking for cures and improving treatments. See how you can be a part of #RVAcures.
RVA Cures is an art exhibition in the Arts District of downtown. Through exquisite photography by noted portrait photographer, Kristin Seward, the exhibition captures moments when children and caregivers showed incredible strength and courage, and the exciting research that is happening in Richmond, Virginia. Lining the walls of the gallery are a hundred, wooden zebrafish in sizes from 18 inches to 8 foot long. Richmond artists or the young children who are part of Connor's Heroes painted each zebrafish. The zebrafish are available for sale or auction at www.501auctions.com/rvacures. The exhibit runs September 1, 2017 - January 19, 2018 at the Wilton Companies Gallery, University of Richmond Downtown, 626 E. Broad Street. It is free and open to the public.
The zebrafish is the symbol of pediatric cancer research conducted in Richmond and funded, in part, by Connor's Heroes. Dr. Corey is one of a growing number of researchers who use zebrafish to study pediatric cancer. 84% of genes associated with human disease have a zebrafish counterpart. A researcher can "mark" a cancerous tumor in a zebrafish. Because zebrafish are translucent, a researcher can see, right before their eyes, how a cancer tumor spreads, grows and dies. A researcher can host thousands of zebrafish in a small lab space.
Connor's Heroes helped recruit Dr. Seth Corey to lead Richmond’s first and only research facility focused on pediatric cancer. Dr. Corey and his researchers must rely heavily on individuals and corporations to fund their projects. Your gifts to the Connor’s Heroes Pediatric Cancer Research Fund will match a $250,000 grant awarded to Dr. Corey by Hyundai Hope On Wheels. You will show Dr. Corey that Richmond stands with him in offering hope to area families who have a child diagnosed with cancer and who need better treatments, options, drugs, and ultimately cures.
Connor’s Heroes also supports the Jamie Hess Pediatric Bone Marrow Transplant Fund for research into chemo-resistant, high-risk leukemia. The Jamie Hess Fund and Connor’s Heroes Pediatric Cancer Research Fund are the only funds in Richmond dedicated to supporting ground-breaking childhood cancer research.
Many businesses, churches, schools and service organizations contact us about hosting a fund raising event. Connor's Heroes is glad to assist you in raising money for pediatric cancer research conducted in Richmond.