ROWING BEHIND THE ROBERT CONNOR DAWES FOUNDATION
Connor was Wisconsin born (1994) but Australian raised (2000-2013). Apart from academics which he easily excelled at, his passion was rowing. He began rowing at 14 as a student at Brighton Grammar School in Melbourne Australia. He took the PSAT in year 10 and became a member of the Natl Society of High School Scholars for scoring over 200. He applied to 2 schools to receive further information – Wisconsin and Stanford. He was invited to attend Stanford summer school and received his invitation the day before his surgery. At nearly 6’3” he had the raw strength and mentally was not only bright but extremely strong. He was determined to attend & row for one of these schools, until brain cancer robbed him of the opportunity to even try.
FUNDRAISING FOR BRAIN MATTERS
Pediatric brain cancer is the # 2 cancer killer of children in the US and #1 in Australia. It is on the verge of exciting research breakthroughs but falls short of funding required. 50% of the funds raised at each school will go towards each University’s neuro-science department at Lucille Packard Foundation in Palo Alto, and the Wisconsin Children’s Hospital in Madison, Wisconsin.