ROW YOUR HEART OUT FOR BRAIN CANCER
100 km Erg Challenge / February 10-14, 2020
Connor’s Erg began as a virtual 100km erg challenge between Wisconsin and Stanford and has since expanded to the top rowing teams at Universities across the United States. The team who pulls the fastest 100 km wins bragging rights and the Connor Cup. The remaining teams go home with a warm fuzzy feeling that they supported pediatric brain cancer research.
Connor’s Erg is a unique, virtual, team building event, helping to show the world the brain is where the heart lives. Connor’s Erg is back for a fifth year in 2020 and we’re looking for schools to get involved
TIMES TO BEAT
Lightweight Women: 6:13.12
Syracuse Men: 5:03:12.3 WINNERS
Syracuse Women: 6:14:08
Wisconsin Men: 5:07:30.8
Wisconsin Lightweight Women:
Stanford Men: 5:09.27
Stanford Women: 6:13.12
Stanford Lightweight Women: 6:13.12 WINNERS
MIT Men/Women: 6:09:07
Princeton Women: 5:52:45 WINNERS
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. Connor loved to row and at nearly 6’3″, had the raw strength and passion that made him hard to beat. Coupled with his bright mind Connor was determined to study and row at one of these schools, until brain cancer robbed him of the chance.
“Support from events like Connor’s Erg helps to spur innovative research, because that kind of flexible funding provides brain tumor scientists with the ability to test new hypotheses and go in new scientific directions..”
– Michelle Monje Deisseroth, MD, PhD
Associate Professor of Neurology, and by courtesy, Neurosurgery, Pathology and Pediatrics, Stanford University
FUNDRAISING FOR BRAIN MATTERS
Pediatric brain cancer is the #1 cancer killer of children in the US and 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.
We’re looking for Connor’s Erg sponsors for 2020. If you’d like to get involved, please reach out to [email protected]