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Please click on the video above to view early news coverage of Conner's Cause for Children, featuring Judy & John Champ and award-winning journalist, Sandra Maas, currently with KUSI - Channel 9.

Conner Champ's Story

Conner’s Cause for Children began providing direct services to families of very sick children in 1995, one year after the death of a bright little boy named Conner Champ, who was just four years old when his parents, John and Judy, received the devastating diagnosis that their precious boy had brain cancer.


Their year-long journey to find the best care and treatment for their child racked up tens of thousands of dollars in medical bills and lost income which threatened the family’s financial security and added to the impossible emotional burden of caring for a child with terminal cancer.


Upon hearing of the family’s plight, families of Conner’s preschool classmates, as well as many of the Champs' friends and neighbors, banded together to hold bake sales and car washes to raise funds for Conner’s family so that his parents could concentrate all their physical and emotional energies on obtaining the best care and treatment for Conner. Conner passed away on July 18, 1994, but his legacy and courage continue to live on in the foundation which bears his name and was charged with this simple mission:


To ease the financial burden for families who have children with life-threatening illnesses or injuries, regardless of specific diagnosis.

Our Mission

Conner Champ

For over twenty-five years, Conner's Cause provided critical financial assistance to over 300 families a year in San Diego, Imperial and Riverside Counties struggling to cover the out of pocket costs of caring for a child with a life-threatening illness of injury.

Our Vision

John and Judy Champ, Conner's Parents

Conner's Cause for Children existed to provide local families with the resources they need to access critical medical services and provide appropriate in-home care for their ailing children.


We were the only area organization providing such aid, regardless of specific diagnosis.

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