THE COLONY, TX — Nothing says summer like a trip to a water park, but this wasn’t just another fun in the sun day. The Fourth Annual Splash Out Childhood Cancer slid into Hawaiian Falls in the Colony.
The event is put on by the Team Connor Childhood Cancer Foundation, named for Connor Cruse, who died of neuroblastoma when he was just eight.
“It’s so inspiring that Connor’s life meant something. Connor didn’t die for nothing,” said Carolyn Alvey, the board president of Team Connor.
It’s been six years since Connor passed away, but his legacy can be seen in the life of six-year-old Charlie, who is fighting Leukemia.
“Charlie was diagnosed when he was three,” his mother Lacy Gladu said. “So, we’ve been dealing with this for several year now, and we still have one more year to go of Chemo. He’s doing really great, but it’s definitely a challenge.”
A challenge that Team Connor is helping them take head on.
“Team Connor is a fantastic organization because they are really making a difference in the lives of kids because no family should ever have to deal with these kinds of problems,” said Gladu.
It’s a hard fight for sure, but it’s one they plan on winning.
And thanks to the life and inspiration of Connor Cruse, Charlie and thousands of other kids just like him, have a better chance of splashing out cancer for good.