On March 4, 1993, Jim Valvano was awarded the inaugural Arthur Ashe Courage and Humanitarian Award at the first annual ESPY Awards. His powerful acceptance speech touched millions and continues to inspire people of all ages.
Faced with cancer, Jim refused to let go of his enthusiasm for life. In his speech, he encouraged others “to be enthusiastic every day” and to “keep your dreams alive in spite of problems whatever you have.” His message lives on, and Jim’s speech still inspires everyone facing adversity to live life to the fullest.
Jim also encouraged people to do three things every day: laugh, think, and cry. After laughing, spending time in thought, and being moved to tears, Jim said that you could have “a heck of a day.”
Most importantly, Jim’s speech inspires people in all situations with our Foundation’s motto: “Don’t give up … don’t ever give up!” This message continues to inspire and bring hope to all who have heard Jim’s speech.
Jimmy V Week on ESPN is kicking off with Jim’s ESPY speech on all ESPN channels. Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. EST, all of the United States will come together to listen to Jim’s message. Jim’s speech is also available here.
Jim lived life with passion and enthusiasm, and he never, ever gave up. Jimmy V’s spirit lives on through his speech and the cancer research that has been funded in his name.
As we celebrate this holiday, we would like to thank you for all of your support.
Cancer affects all of us, and with the generous support of donors and friends like you, we are making a difference in the fight against cancer. The great strides our researchers have made would not be possible without your help.
Jim Valvano lived each day to the fullest. As you spend time with loved ones this holiday season, be thankful for your family, health, and the precious moments you have.
Many of our friends and supporters are reaching out to their companies asking them to join our cause. All companies, small and large, can make a huge difference in the fight against cancer.
Many companies will match your gifts to us. Ask if your company will match your donation to The V Foundation. The HR department will be able to let you know about your company’s policies for matching donations to 501 c(3) charities.
You can also support The V Foundation through United Way corporate campaigns. The Donor Choice program of the United Way allows you to designate The V Foundation as your organization’s charity of choice.
Your company can also get involved with the Show Your Spirit campaign in March. Sign your workplace up and have everyone in your office donate $5 to cancer research. The $5 donation “earns” the right to wear apparel for their favorite team to work, and each participant will receive a “Don’t Ever Give Up!” button to show their support for cancer research.
One hundred percent of your donations are awarded to cancer research. With your support, we have raised more than $100 million since our inception in 1993.
We appreciate the thousands of people who participate and give to The V Foundation through workplace giving campaigns. Learn more about workplace giving here. Thanks for being a part of our team!
College basketball season is here!
When Jim Valvano was 17 years old, he wrote down his professional aspirations: to play basketball in high school and college, become an assistant basketball coach, become a head coach, and cut down the nets after winning a national championship.
Jim played for the Rutgers Scarlet Knights from 1964 to 1967. During his career, he was the head coach for Johns Hopkins, Bucknell University, Iona College, and NC State University. Jim famously led his NC State team to an NCAA National Championship in 1983.
Jim achieved his professional dreams, and with the help of our supporters, we can achieve his dream of finding a cure for cancer.
The V Foundation is involved with college basketball with the Jimmy V Basketball Classics during ESPN’s V Week. The Jimmy V Men’s Basketball Classic will take place on Tuesday, December 7th this year at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Once again, the event will showcase four of the nation’s elite collegiate teams in two games: Memphis vs. Kansas and Michigan State vs. Syracuse. The Jimmy V Women’s Basketball Classic, Texas A&M vs. Duke, will take place December 6 at Cameron Indoor Stadium at Duke University.
Enjoy basketball season, and remember that we are all one team in the fight against cancer! Support your team and support cancer research!
A healthy lifestyle can help reduce your risk of developing cancer!
According to NCI, people who have a poor diet, are not physically active, or are overweight may be at increased risk of several types of cancer. Studies suggest that people whose diet is high in fat have an increased risk of colon cancer, uterine cancer, and prostate cancer. People who are overweight or not physically active are at an increased risk for breast cancer, colon cancer, esophageal cancer, kidney cancer, and uterine cancer.
To reduce your risk of cancer, eat well and have a healthy diet. Limit foods that are high in fat such as butter, whole milk, fried foods, and red meat. Be sure to have plenty of foods that are high in fiber, vitamins, and minerals, including whole-grain breads and five to nine servings of fruits and vegetables every day.
Be active in the fight against cancer. Take preventative measures to protect yourself. A healthy lifestyle can make a difference!
Grassroots events in communities across the nation are making a huge difference in the fight against cancer!
Over the last year, community events raised over $1 million! 100% of donations from events go straight to cancer research.
Over 250 people create events each year to raise money for The V Foundation. From New York, NY, to Los Angeles, CA, and everywhere in between, people just like you are getting creative and coming up with ways to fight cancer. V Foundation supporters come up with many ways to raise money like a 7th grade student’s Halloween party in McKinney, TX, a family’s cornhole tournament in Brunswick, OH, and a fraternity’s run with a football game ball from Charlottesville to Blacksburg, VA. Concerts, auctions, sports tournaments, dinners, and car washes have also been very successful fundraisers!
Community events are great fundraisers and opportunities to bring awareness to our foundation and our cause, finding a cure for cancer. Get creative and start your own event! You can truly make a difference in the fight against cancer.
For more information, visit /support-us/host-an-event.html or email Jennifer Farrell at [email protected].
Dr. James Mulé is the Executive Vice President for Translational Research and the Michael McGillicuddy Endowed Chair for Melanoma at the Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, FL. Dr. Mulé received a $1 million designated grant from The V Foundation in 2007 to support research about melanoma. The grant has allowed Dr. Mulé to explore immune-based therapies and tumor vaccines.
Skin cancer is the most common type of all cancers, and the number of skin cancer cases continues to rise in the U.S. to over one million diagnoses each year. Dr. Mulé leads a team of skin cancer researchers at Moffit that look into vaccine strategies and other approaches to stimulate the immune system and destroy tumors. Dr. Mulé has developed a “V” vaccine to help melanoma patients. “The generous funding of The V Foundation allowed us to develop and launch the very first therapeutic vaccine of its kind in melanoma patients that creates new, functioning lymph nodes in the body,” said Dr. Mulé.
The V vaccine is expected to set the stage for vaccines that will boost immunity to a variety of cancer types.
Your support of The V Foundation allows our researchers to make huge strides in the fight against cancer. Thanks for being a part of The V Team!
With the holiday season coming up, get in the spirit of giving and join our monthly giving program! By becoming a recurring donor, you can continue to support our cause with a donation every month.
Your donations are important and go directly to fund cancer research. Every month, you can make a difference in the lives of those battling cancer. Your donations could help save someone you love.
Becoming a recurring donor is safe and convenient. Set up a donation through our webpage and choose an amount that fits your budget. Whether you’re donating $10 or $10,000 each month, you will make a difference in the fight against cancer. To donate, click here.
Join The V Foundation on November 6th to celebrate the birth of college football. On November 6, 1869, Jim Valvano’s alma mater Rutgers defeated Princeton 6-4 in the first ever college football game. The AT&T Cotton Bowl created the National College Football Day in 2003, and The V Foundation became the charitable partner in 2005.
We’re proud to be a part of this celebration! This weekend while you watch your favorite college football teams play, remember that we are all on One Team in the fight against cancer. For more information on National College Football Day, click here.