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WWE stars visit Children's Hospital, strengthen fight against cancer

| Monday, March 14, 2016, 5:57 p.m.

Monday was a big day in the already successful campaign by WWE called Connor's Cure, which is now partners with the V Foundation for cancer research.

The Connor's Cure campaign is a foundation started by WWE with Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh to fight pediatric cancer. It was named after Connor Michalek of Pittsburgh, one of WWE's most passionate fans who passed away at age 8 because of a rare brain tumor.

Now working with the V Foundation, all involved hope to take the Connor's Cure movement to a national and international scale of support.

Michalek's favorite wrestler was Daniel Bryan. The two created a special bond, and Bryan has been heavily involved in all Connor's Cure fundraising.

“There is nothing in my life I've done more important than this,” Bryan said.

Justin LaBar is a Tribune-Review staff writer. He can be reached at jlabar@tribweb.com or via Twitter @JustinLaBar.

Cameron Howard, 9, of Allison Park, gets a WWE belt signed by WWE Superstar Daniel Bryan as WWE celebrities visit Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC in Upper Lawrenceville on Monday, March 14, 2016. Bryan was one of a handful of WWE Superstars and Divas on hand to announce that funds raised through WWE will support Connor's Cure through a new partnership with The V Foundation for Cancer Research.
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Cameron Howard, 9, of Allison Park, gets a WWE belt signed by WWE Superstar Daniel Bryan as WWE celebrities visit Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC in Upper Lawrenceville on Monday, March 14, 2016. Bryan was one of a handful of WWE Superstars and Divas on hand to announce that funds raised through WWE will support Connor's Cure through a new partnership with The V Foundation for Cancer Research.
Patient Christopher Sandacz (center), 16, of Latrobe, meets WWE personalities as they visit his room at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC in Lawrenceville on Monday, March 14, 2016. WWE Superstars and Divas visited the hospital to announce a new partnership between the WWE and The V Foundation for Cancer Research. Funds raised through Connor's Cure, a fund in honor of 8-year-old WWE fan and Children's Hospital cancer patient Connor Michalek, will go to support national cancer research through the foundation. Pictured from left to right are WWE Chief Brand Officer Stephanie McMahon, WWE Superstar Darren Young, Sandacz, Divas Champion Charlotte, and WWE Diva Natalya.
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Patient Christopher Sandacz (center), 16, of Latrobe, meets WWE personalities as they visit his room at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC in Lawrenceville on Monday, March 14, 2016. WWE Superstars and Divas visited the hospital to announce a new partnership between the WWE and The V Foundation for Cancer Research. Funds raised through Connor's Cure, a fund in honor of 8-year-old WWE fan and Children's Hospital cancer patient Connor Michalek, will go to support national cancer research through the foundation. Pictured from left to right are WWE Chief Brand Officer Stephanie McMahon, WWE Superstar Darren Young, Sandacz, Divas Champion Charlotte, and WWE Diva Natalya.
WWE Superstar Darren Young gives patient Ana Muir, 7, of Pleasantville, a series of hugs after she handed him a handmade sign during his visit to Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC in Upper Lawrenceville on Monday, March 14, 2016. WWE Superstars and Divas visited the hospital to announce a new partnership between the WWE and The V Foundation for Cancer Research. Funds raised through Connor's Cure, a fund in honor of 8-year-old WWE fan and Children's Hospital cancer patient Connor Michalek, will go to support national cancer research through the foundation.
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WWE Superstar Darren Young gives patient Ana Muir, 7, of Pleasantville, a series of hugs after she handed him a handmade sign during his visit to Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC in Upper Lawrenceville on Monday, March 14, 2016. WWE Superstars and Divas visited the hospital to announce a new partnership between the WWE and The V Foundation for Cancer Research. Funds raised through Connor's Cure, a fund in honor of 8-year-old WWE fan and Children's Hospital cancer patient Connor Michalek, will go to support national cancer research through the foundation.
Malik Marshall, 18, of East Hills, smiles from his hospital bed as he compares Connor's Cure bracelets with WWE celebrities visiting Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC in Upper Lawrenceville on Monday, March 14, 2016 to announce that funds raised through WWE will support Connor's Cure through a new partnership with The V Foundation for Cancer Research. Connor's Cure, established by WWE Chief Brand Officer Stephanie McMahon, pictured back right, is a fund in honor of 8-year-old WWE fan and Children's Hospital cancer patient Connor Michalek. Pictured here from left to right are WWE Superstar Darren Young, Marshall, McMahon, and WWE Divas Charlotte (blocked) and Natalya.
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Malik Marshall, 18, of East Hills, smiles from his hospital bed as he compares Connor's Cure bracelets with WWE celebrities visiting Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC in Upper Lawrenceville on Monday, March 14, 2016 to announce that funds raised through WWE will support Connor's Cure through a new partnership with The V Foundation for Cancer Research. Connor's Cure, established by WWE Chief Brand Officer Stephanie McMahon, pictured back right, is a fund in honor of 8-year-old WWE fan and Children's Hospital cancer patient Connor Michalek. Pictured here from left to right are WWE Superstar Darren Young, Marshall, McMahon, and WWE Divas Charlotte (blocked) and Natalya.
WWE Chief Brand Officer Stephanie McMahon makes an entrance into the teen lounge at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC in Upper Lawrenceville as she visits patients with WWE Superstars and Divas on Monday, March 14, 2016. McMahon visited to announce a new partnership between WWE and The V Foundation for Cancer Research to help raise funds for Connor's Cure, a fund established by McMahon in honor of 8-year-old WWE fan and Children's Hospital cancer patient Connor Michalek. The fund has raised almost $1 million for pediatric cancer causes to date and assisted over 100 families worldwide. Pictured on left in red is Nico Bumna, 14, of Shadyside, Ohio, and in blue is Ethan Rowe, 11, of Ligonier.
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WWE Chief Brand Officer Stephanie McMahon makes an entrance into the teen lounge at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC in Upper Lawrenceville as she visits patients with WWE Superstars and Divas on Monday, March 14, 2016. McMahon visited to announce a new partnership between WWE and The V Foundation for Cancer Research to help raise funds for Connor's Cure, a fund established by McMahon in honor of 8-year-old WWE fan and Children's Hospital cancer patient Connor Michalek. The fund has raised almost $1 million for pediatric cancer causes to date and assisted over 100 families worldwide. Pictured on left in red is Nico Bumna, 14, of Shadyside, Ohio, and in blue is Ethan Rowe, 11, of Ligonier.
WWE Diva Charlotte Alexa Lasher, 2, hold her Divas Championship belt as WWE celebrities visit Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC in Upper Lawrenceville to announce a new partnership between WWE and The V Foundation for Cancer Research on Monday, March 14, 2016. The partnership will help raise funds for Connor's Cure, a fund in honor of 8-year-old WWE fan and Children's Hospital cancer patient Connor Michalek, which has raised almost $1 million for pediatric cancer research to date.
Stephanie Strasburg | Tribune-Review
WWE Diva Charlotte Alexa Lasher, 2, hold her Divas Championship belt as WWE celebrities visit Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC in Upper Lawrenceville to announce a new partnership between WWE and The V Foundation for Cancer Research on Monday, March 14, 2016. The partnership will help raise funds for Connor's Cure, a fund in honor of 8-year-old WWE fan and Children's Hospital cancer patient Connor Michalek, which has raised almost $1 million for pediatric cancer research to date.
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