Team One Cure 2017-03-05T20:29:43+00:00

Team One Cure

Every once in a great while, a project comes along that cannot be ignored. Tony, the Board & the staff of our foundation had the chance to meet the scientists and veterinarians from the Colorado State University Flint Animal Cancer Center. The Center houses the world’s largest group of scientists studying and treating naturally occurring cancer in pets. And, the Center has trained more surgical, medical and radiation oncologists than any other veterinary institution.

We were simply “wowed”, for lack of a better word, with their innovative approach to discovering treatments for cancer in pets that translate directly to cancer treatments for people. The overall concept is “Comparative Oncology” which has gained traction in the past decade and is currently offering amazing treatments for people and pets alike. There are several leading institutions throughout the U.S. working alongside CSU Cancer Center. And, it fits perfectly with the mission of Tony’s foundation!

Tony and his foundation came away wanting to help spread the word about the amazing work being done to battle cancer – a disease that impacts virtually everyone. Borrowing the Cancer Center’s own branding of “One Cure”, our foundation has established Team One Cure as a multi-faceted program with two primary goals: (1) Raise awareness of the availability and potential of comparative oncology; and (2) raise funds to find cures for cancer in both people and pets.

Faces of Team One Cure Campaign

Cancer directly or indirectly impacts everyone. We each have a family member, a friend, a colleague, a neighbor, a pet or someone special in our lives who has been diagnosed with cancer. And, whether in remission, having beaten the disease, currently undergoing treatment or having lost the battle, we all seek a way to honor or memorialize these brave people and pets.

In March, the foundation will introduce its “Faces of Team One Cure” Program which is a fun, interactive way to upload a photograph of your special someone when, combined with others, will create a mosaic photograph. A modest donation ($10.00) is all it takes to honor a special person or pet; and, become part of a unique program that will raise thousands of dollars for cancer research and programs. Funds raised will be awarded as a TSF Grant to outstanding organizations providing programs and services for children impacted by cancer and to the Flint Animal Cancer Center in support of clinical trials and research.

Our unique system will allow everyone to find their specific photograph(s) and to share them on social media to tell family and friends why you are a member of Tony’s Team One Cure!

One Disease. One Cure. One Day. Multiple Tracks.

Gaining momentum from the Faces of Team One Cure campaign and the No. 77 entry in the Indianapolis 500 on May 28th, the foundation is pleased to announce that a single day karting competition will be held at 48 separate indoor karting tracks located throughout the United States. This competition is perfect for families, organizations and corporations to assemble a team to race, have fun and raise money for One Cure. Prizes will be awarded at the individual karting sites as well as an overall winner based on outcomes from the 48 tracks combined. Details and information about signing up will be available in April 2017.

Team One Cure Members

Team One Cure is a program but it’s about people. Tony’s foundation is actively involving athletes, musicians, entertainment celebrities and scientists to be VIP members of Team One Cure. Having these key folks engaged is extremely important to broadly spread the word to many different groups of people throughout the United States and, really, the world. As these VIP members come on-board, we’ll be announcing them through social media so keep an eye out starting in late March.

That said, Team One Cure is comprised of EVERYONE who joins Tony in sharing our stories, making a donation, participating in the Faces of Team One Cure campaign or deciding to drive in the karting competition. In other words, YOU can be a member of Team One Cure! It’s easy… and it’s important! When you see social media posts or articles or a news story about Tony, his foundation and Team One Cure, all you need to do is SHARE with your friends, family, neighbors and colleagues. It’s like that old game of “telephone” where one person starts the message chain and it just builds and builds until there’s a huge number of folks inspired by the stories and successes of One Cure treatments (see story boxes).

Team One Cure Entry for the

May 28th Indianapolis 500

One of Tony’s favorite race tracks, the famed oval of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS) is the focus of Team One Cure for the Month of May 2017. Alongside other initiatives, Team One Cure has entered the 101st running of the Indianapolis 500 scheduled for Sunday, May 28th. Veteran racer, Jay Howard, will pilot the No. 77 for Schmidt Peterson Motorsports.

Like Tony, Jay Howard started racing go-karts at 7 years of age although “across the pond” in his native England. Like Stewart, Howard has open-wheel experience at IMS and is poised to race as an advocate for people and pets battling cancer while pursuing a victory for Team One Cure. The racers also share a deep love for children and animals – making Howard the perfect choice to represent Team One Cure.

A few sponsorship opportunities are available to support the No. 77 Team One Cure entry and receive not only a customized benefits package but the satisfaction of helping fund research for comparative oncology. IMS is hugely supportive of the Team One Cure initiative, as is Schmidt Peterson Motorsports, and so there’s a rare win-win opportunity for a handful of partners to “join the Team”. Send a message to SupportSmoke@tonystewart.com for immediate follow-up to serious inquiries.

A Dedicated Web Site

In March, the Foundation will introduce a web site dedicated for the Team One Cure Program. It’s just that important! Stay tuned as we’ll announce the site through social media, our e-newsletter and on this primary Tony Stewart Foundation web site.

Angela’s Story

Meet Angela, a bone cancer survivor, and Dr. Stephen Withrow, founder and associate director of the Flint Animal Cancer Center. Bone cancer affects both dogs and children. Angela benefited directly from Dr. Withrow’s pioneering collaboration with human orthopedic surgeon Dr. Ross Wilkins perfecting a limb-sparing technique allowing people with bone cancer to avoid amputation. First developed at CSU for veterinary patients, this technique has benefitted countless children – the population most often stricken with osteosarcoma.

Emily Brown’s Story

Emily Brown, a Colorado Springs native, was diagnosed with osteogenic sarcoma (bone cancer) in her spine when she was 10 years old. Her story is unique in that her treatment involved the collaboration of veterinary and human oncologists. Having run out of treatment options, Emily’s medical team contacted Dr. Stephen Withrow at the FACC, searching for hope. A new treatment, developed for dogs with bone cancer, showed promise for Emily and was given on a compassionate-use basis. She believes it saved her life.