By ROBERT RAMOS
September is pediatric cancer awareness month. Every day, children are diagnosed with cancer. According to the Children’s Cancer Research Fund, there are about 43 per day that are diagnosed. Almost 2,000 kids that are under the age of 19 die from cancer. The treatment that is used for adults cannot also be used for children.
In 2014, it was a young man named Connor Michalek’s dream to meet his favorite WWE superstar Daniel Bryan. WWE became aware of this and invited Connor to meet his favorite star along with other stars of the entertainment brand. Connor had been sick. He had medulloblastoma. Despite this, he had a fighting spirit and persevered through it. At the time, his favorite star, Daniel Bryan, was headlining WWE’s biggest show of the year. Connor had front row seats and got to see his hero win the biggest match of his career and win the company’s big championship. Connor had been given the nickname, Connor The Crusher.
Shortly after watching his hero win a big match, Connor’s health began to deteriorate. He became sicker and sicker. It got to a point where doctors could not do anything to stop the cancer. He ended up passing away on April 25, 2014, at the young age of 9. The WWE heard about the tragic passing of Connor “The Crusher” Michalek and were devastated. Paul Levesque and Stephanie McMahon set up an organization called Connor’s Cure in his honor. It was set up in the Children’s Hospital in Pittsburgh. Since then, the WWE has celebrated by wearing Connor’s Cure logo on the wrestler’s gear.