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DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Four North Texas hospitals are in the running for free money and the public gets to help decide which one receives the $25,000 grant.

Children’s Health, Cook Children’s, Mary Crowley Cancer Center and UNT Health Science Center are competing for the prize to be used to help fight childhood cancer.

Each hospital submitted a proposal on how it do that, to the TeamConnor Childhood Cancer Foundation,  Those proposals are on the TeamConnor website.

Voting for the TeamConnor DFW Community Choice Grant goes from December 1 – 29, 2016.  The winner will be announced by 5:00 pm on December 30.

To vote, click here.  Each vote costs one dollar.

“We are committed to funding more research for childhood cancers and supporting patient programs at the best hospitals in the DFW area,” said Kathryn Copple, executive director of Dallas-based TeamConnor Childhood Cancer Foundation. “As one of the leading causes of deaths among children, childhood cancer receives very little government funding for research. TeamConnor has awarded more than $2 million in funding over the last eight years and wants to continue to fight childhood cancer and help our area hospitals with funding.”

Every year, more than 12,500 children and adolescents are diagnosed with cancer in the United States, according to the TeamConnor Childhood Cancer Foundation.

Childhood cancer is the number one disease killer of children; yet, the budget of the National Cancer Institute allocates less than four percent of its funds to pediatric cancer research.

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