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The V Foundation Recognizes Pediatric Cancer Awareness Month

The V Foundation for Cancer Research, one of the nation’s leading cancer research funding organizations, is pleased to observe Pediatric Cancer Awareness Month this September.  Since its inception, The V Foundation has awarded nearly $20 million in pediatric cancer research grants, including almost $5 million in 2015, and the Foundation is expected to increase its contributions to the fight against childhood cancer by developing new and extended partnerships.  With just four percent of federal cancer research funding dedicated to pediatric cancer, The V Foundation is eager to make a significant impact in finding cures for the leading cause of death by […]

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Dick Vitale and The V Foundation Establish Pediatric Cancer Research Grant in Memory of John Saunders

The V Foundation for Cancer Research, one of the nation’s leading cancer research funding organizations, and ESPN Hall of Fame Sportscaster Dick Vitale are honored to announce a pediatric cancer research grant in memory of John Saunders, one of ESPN’s most visible and versatile commentators.  Together, Vitale and Saunders were founding members of The V Foundation’s Board of Directors and remained devoted supporters since the Foundation’s inception in 1993.  Next year, at the Dick Vitale Gala, Vitale will honor his friend by raising funds for the John Saunders Grant for Pediatric Cancer Research.   “John Saunders has been a vital […]

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Scientists Supported by The V Foundation Leverage Additional Funds for Transformative Cancer Research

The V Foundation for Cancer Research, one of the nation’s leading cancer research funding organizations, is pleased to highlight the work of several V Scholars as they continue to make advancements in cancer research.  The American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) recently announced the four recipients of its inaugural NextGen Grants for Transformative Cancer Research, three of which have previously received V Scholar grants.  The V Foundation and its V Scholars have also been active in the National Cancer Moonshot Initiative by moderating and participating in numerous panels. This new initiative aims to make cancer therapies available to more patients, […]

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$5.2 Million Raised for Cancer Research Including $2 Million for Prostate Cancer Research at 18th Annual V Foundation Wine Celebration

The V Foundation for Cancer Research’s annual fundraiser, The V Wine Celebration, garnered more than $5 million for cancer research August 4-7. With a $500,000 matching grant from the Prostate Cancer Foundation, the total included more than $2 million in “fund-a-need” donations to support prostate cancer research.   Hosted by CBS and HBO sports commentator and V Foundation board member Lesley Visser, the event brought attendees from all over the country to Napa Valley to benefit the Foundation’s efforts to support cutting-edge cancer research at major institutions. Over the past 17 years, The V Wine Celebration has raised more than […]

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Longtime ESPN host and Board Member of The V Foundation John Saunders Has Passed Away

John Saunders, one of ESPN’s most visible and versatile commentators and a founding member of the board of directors for The V Foundation for Cancer Research, has passed away. He was 61. ESPN President John Skipper said: “John was an extraordinary talent and his friendly, informative style has been a warm welcome to sports fans for decades. His wide range of accomplishments across numerous sports and championship events is among the most impressive this industry has ever seen. More importantly, John was a beloved and devoted family man who cared deeply about people and causes, as evidenced by his long-standing efforts […]

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Third Annual ESPY Week Generates $3.9 Million for Cancer Research

The V Foundation for Cancer Research, one of the nation’s leading cancer research funding organizations, and ESPN are thrilled to announce the third annual ESPY Week fundraising initiatives raised $3.9 million for cancer research.  ESPN’s fundraising drive included the 12th annual ESPN Radio ESPY Day Auction, 16th annual ESPY Golf Outing, second annual Sports Humanitarian of the Year Awards and a “This is SportsCenter” Omaze Sweepstakes.  Also included in this week’s fundraising total is a new partnership between The V Foundation and Scott Hamilton CARES Foundation, which was first announced on the ESPYS red carpet.  The ongoing partnership will support […]

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ESPN to Present Highlights from Second Annual Sports Humanitarian of the Year Awards Tonight

ESPN will showcase highlights of the Sports Humanitarian of the Year Awards tonight Friday, July 15, during a 30-minute program  at 7 p.m. ET. The second annual event, held at the Conga Room at L.A. LIVE and  presented by ESPN, celebrated and honored leagues, teams, individuals and members of the sporting community that have used the power of sport to make a positive impact on society.   Laila Ali returned for the second time as host for the event, with a live performance by Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Andra Day. John Skipper, President of ESPN, stated how Laila Ali is “an incredible woman, […]

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North America’s All-Time Leading Money Earning Racehorse California Chrome to Partner with The V Foundation for Cancer Research

Ownership of the World’s Richest Racehorse to Fund Cancer Research through New Partnership   Del Mar, CA – [Thursday, July 14, 2016] – The V Foundation for Cancer Research, one of the nation’s leading cancer research funding organizations, and majority owners Perry & Denise Martin and Taylor Made Stallions are pleased to announce that California Chrome, LLC will launch a new partnership in the fight against cancer and run in support of The V Foundation throughout the remainder of his scheduled racing career.  He is currently pointed towards the $200,000 San Diego Handicap on July 23, and the $1 million […]

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Justin Timberlake to Present the Icon Award to Sports Legends Kobe Bryant, Peyton Manning and Abby Wambach at The 2016 ESPYS

For the first time ever, The ESPYS will honor three retiring athletes with its prestigious Icon Award. Justin Timberlake will do a special presentation to honor Kobe Bryant, Peyton Manning and Abby Wambach. These remarkable athletes will all be recognized for the indelible mark they have made on the world of sports. Bryant, Manning and Wambach will all be in attendance to accept the honor. The 2016 ESPYS Presented by Capital One will be hosted by John Cena and will feature some of the world’s premier athletes and biggest stars. The 24th annual celebration of the best moments from the year in sports […]

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ESPN Radio Hosts 12th Annual ESPY Day Auction to Benefit The V Foundation for Cancer Research

ESPN Radio’s 12th Annual ESPY Day Auction to benefit The V Foundation for Cancer Research is officially underway on eBay and will continue through Wednesday, July 13. This year’s auction of more than 100 items includes tickets to prime sporting events, autographed memorabilia, unique experiences with athletes, celebrities and behind-the-scenes experiences with ESPN Radio’s Mike & Mike and sports-related experiences with ESPN personalities Stephen A. Smith, Jon Gruden, Julie Foudy and more. To date, the ESPN Radio ESPY Day Auction has raised more than $8.4 million. Item and experience highlights include: An opportunity to “Bang your head with John Clayton” […]

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