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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 One Cure

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 February, the foundation will introduce its “Faces of One Cure” Program which is a fun, interactive way to upload a photograph of your special someone which, combined with others, will create a mosaic photograph. A modest donation ($10.00) is all it takes to join the conversation and be part of a unique program that will raise thousands of dollars for cancer research and programs. Funds will be awarded as a TSF Grant to not only the Flint Animal Cancer Center but also to the TSF Grant Partners having programs and services for children impacted by cancer.

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

One Cure. One Day. Multiple Tracks.

Gaining momentum from the Faces of One Cure program and the pair of races 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

It’s a program but it’s also people. Tony’s foundation is actively recruiting 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 mid-February.

Actually, Team One Cure is comprised of EVERYONE who joins the Foundation in sharing our stories, making a donation, participating in the Faces Program 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).

TSF Grant Partners for Cancer

Tony’s foundation has always been focused on helping children with critical illness or physical disabilities as well as animals at-risk or endangered. The partnership with the Colorado State University Flint Animal Cancer Center is simply an extension of our mission. We are excited to include our phenomenal grant partners as members of Team One Cure as they will help spread the word about comparative oncology to their many supporters, families and communities. We’re also excited to be fundraising through the Faces Program and the Karting Competition as all of the funds raised will directly benefit the TSF Grant Program providing much larger funding grants for our charity partners. Please take a look at these terrific organizations by visiting the GRANTS tab on our home page.

A Dedicated Web Site

It’s a work-in-progress but the Foundation will introduce in February a stand-alone web site 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.