The V Foundation and WWE® Launch National Partnership to Fight Pediatric Cancer

CARY, N.C. & STAMFORD, Conn.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–In an effort to help find cures for pediatric cancer, WWE (NYSE:WWE) and
The V Foundation for Cancer Research today announced a multi-year
partnership to support cancer research nationally through funds raised
by Connor’s Cure. The announcement was made at Children’s Hospital of
Pittsburgh, where Connor’s Cure was originally established, with
representatives from the hospital, WWE and The V Foundation. In 2014,
Connor’s Cure was created by WWE Chief Brand Officer Stephanie McMahon
and WWE Executive Vice President Talent, Live Events & Creative Paul
“Triple H” Levesque as a fund within Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh
Foundation to support pediatric brain and spinal cord cancer research.

The new partnership will expand Connor’s Cure outside of Children’s
Hospital of Pittsburgh Foundation and support other top research centers
and hospitals nationwide. Connor’s Cure was established in honor of
8-year-old WWE fan Connor Michalek, a patient at Children’s Hospital of
Pittsburgh of UPMC who battled medulloblastoma, a rare tumor that
affects the brain and spinal cord. To date, Connor’s Cure has raised
nearly $1 million and assisted more than 100 families around the world.

As a result of the new partnership, funds raised by WWE will support
Connor’s Cure through The V Foundation’s grant-making process. The V
Foundation’s Scientific Advisory Committee, comprised of world-class
physicians and research scientists, vets and awards top-rated grant
proposals from the nation’s leading medical facilities. In addition,
funding will continue to support the research being done at Children’s
Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC.

WWE is committed to raising awareness and funds for pediatric cancer
research throughout the year through the sale of Connor’s Cure
bracelets, fundraising programs and through its global platforms
including WWE Network and TV broadcasts, live events, and digital and
social media.

“WWE is proud to partner with The V Foundation for Cancer Research and
expand Connor’s Cure in an effort to raise additional awareness and
funds in the fight against pediatric cancer,” said WWE Chief Brand
Officer Stephanie McMahon. “The extensive reach of The V Foundation
combined with the incredible support provided by the Children’s Hospital
of Pittsburgh Foundation will help bring more awareness to this
devastating disease.”

“The V Foundation is proud to partner with WWE in the fight against
pediatric cancer,” said Susan Braun, CEO of The V Foundation. “Funding
research at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh and around the country, we
are partnering to let the world know that we are helping children by
finding cures.”

“We are extremely grateful to Stephanie, Paul, and the entire WWE
community for the passion and commitment they have shown in creating
Connor’s Cure and honoring the memory of a little boy who clearly
touched them deeply,” said Greg Barrett, President, Children’s Hospital
of Pittsburgh Foundation. “The funds raised through Connor’s Cure have
already made a significant difference in the lives of children battling
cancer. The new partnership with The V Foundation will expand the
national reach of Connor’s Cure and work towards the ultimate goal –
ending pediatric cancer.”

Every year, 12,000-15,000 children are newly diagnosed with cancer in
the U.S. Through the efforts of The V Foundation, progress is being made
with cure rates for most pediatric cancers dramatically improving. The V
Foundation has awarded nearly $20 million through 66 pediatric research
grants to-date, including more than $5 million to pediatric cancer
research in 2015.

About The V Foundation for Cancer Research

The V Foundation for Cancer Research was founded in 1993 by ESPN and the
late Jim Valvano, legendary North Carolina State basketball coach and
ESPN commentator. Since 1993, The Foundation has funded more than $150
million in cancer research grants nationwide. It awards 100 percent of
all direct cash donations to cancer research and related programs. Due
to generous donors, the Foundation has an endowment that covers
administrative expenses. The Foundation awards peer-reviewed grants
through a competitive awards process vetted by a Scientific Advisory
Committee. For more information on The V Foundation or to make a
donation, please visit

About Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC

Regionally, nationally, and globally, Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh
of UPMC is a leader in the treatment of childhood conditions and
diseases, a pioneer in the development of new and improved therapies,
and a top educator of the next generation of pediatricians and pediatric
subspecialists. Children’s Hospital has fulfilled this mission since its
founding in 1890. Children’s is named consistently to several elite
lists of pediatric hospitals, including ranking 7th among children’s
hospitals and schools of medicine (FY 2014) in funding for pediatric
research provided by the National Institutes of Health, and is one of 10
pediatric hospitals in the United States named to U.S. News & World
Report’s Honor Roll of America’s “Best Children’s Hospitals” for

About WWE

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consists of a portfolio of businesses that create and deliver original
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than 650 million homes worldwide in 25 languages. WWE Network, the
first-ever 24/7 over-the-top premium network that includes all live
pay-per-views, scheduled programming and a massive video-on-demand
library, is currently available in more than 180 countries. The company
is headquartered in Stamford, Conn., with offices in New York, Los
Angeles, London, Mexico City, Mumbai, Shanghai, Singapore, Dubai, Munich
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Joe Quinn,
V Foundation
Sherrie Mazur, 919-271-8248
Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC
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