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CURE Childhood Cancer


CURE Childhood Cancer, founded in 1975, is a non-profit organization dedicated to conquering childhood cancer through research, education and patient and family support. CURE's financial resources are used to support basic and clinical pediatric oncology research, as well as to provide a broad range of support programs, resources and services for the entire family coping with childhood cancer, from diagnosis and beyond.


Tom Glavine's connection to childhood cancer began in January 2003 when the Hennessey family - a friend of the Glavines - discovered their son Will had Ewings Sarcoma, a type of bone cancer. (Will is currently in remission.) Through the Glavines relationship with the Hennessys, they came to know Kristin and Mike Connor, whose son, Brandon was born with a tumor (neuroblastoma) near his spine--a tumor that completely disappeared before he was set to have surgery to remove it in November (2003).

Kristin Connor enlisted Glavine's help with CureSearch, the childhood cancer organization she was involved with at the time. When Kristin moved on to become the Executive Director of CURE, the Glavine family become involved as well, with both Tom and his wife, Chris, serving on CURE's Advisory Board of Directors.

At the Mets Foundation "Teammates in the Community" fundraiser on June 22, 2007, Mets players and guests helped to raise more than $500,000 for a variety of organizations, selected by participating players and ownership. At the live auction for the event, which raised over $277,000, Mets players auctioned off unique fan experiences, including a round of golf with Glavine. The Mets Foundation will distribute the proceeds from the event to the selected organizations, with one of the recipients being CURE.


A Tribute To Our Quiet Heroes: This luncheon, hosted by Tom's wife, Chris, is designed to pay tribute to mothers of children with cancer. The event raises awareness and much needed funds to support pediatric cancer research at leading children's hospitals nationwide. All proceeds from the event benefit CURE. To learn more about the event, visit our Quiet Heroes page.

Charity Wines: In 2008, Tom teamed up with Charity Wines to offer "Cabernet Glavingnon," a wine bearing Tom's likeness on the label, with proceeds benefiting CURE. The wine can be purchased in local stores in the Atlanta area, or ordered online. For more information (or to place an order) click HERE.

Glavine's Field of Dreams: Tom Glavine's Field of Dreams Golf Tournament is back, this time benefiting CURE! The event, now in it's 12th year, was previously held for Prevent Child Abuse Georgia. The 2008 tournament took place Monday, September 8, 2008 at the Country Club of the South and raised nearly $200,000. Among the items auctioned off at the live auction following the tournament was a wiffle ball/baseball game with Glavine and tickets and airfare to a taping of "Are You Smarter Than A Fifth Grader." To read a press release on the event, click HERE. The 2009 event is scheduled for August 13 at the Country Club of the South. For more information, contact Shelley Howard at 770-986-0035 or email


For the past 34 years, Atlant's 11Alive has honored 11 outstanding local volunteers who have demonstrated selfless devotion for the betterment of the community. On April 1, 2009, Tom Glavine became one of the honorees for his work in the community and with CURE Childhood Cancer. The black-tie event was held at the Atlanta Mariott Marquis and sponsored by The Coca-Cola Company and UPS. The event will be televised in Atlanta on 11Alive/WXIA-TV Saturday, April 11 at 7:30 p.m. and again on Sunday, April 12 at 12:30 p.m. on WATL. For more information, click HERE.


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