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Winning the Jimmy V Way

Written by Jamie Valvano People that believe that winning isn’t everything obviously did not grow up with Jim Valvano.  My Dad was one of the most passionate and competitive people I have ever known.  I recall my younger sister LeeAnn crying during family board game nights with our take no prisoners attitude.  Defeating his opponent was as much a part of his genetic makeup as his brown eyes and impish grin.  I believe it was this character trait that enabled him to shine regardless of the circumstances.  Down by 10 with 2 minutes left on the clock…no problem.  Facing a […]

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Join Jamie Valvano on Team V!

Written by Jamie Valvano “Cancer can take away all of my physical abilities.  It cannot touch my mind, it cannot touch my heart, and it cannot touch my soul.  And these three things are going to carry on forever.” –Jim Valvano Cancer changed my body.  I have faded scars and lingering side effects that serve as reminders of what this disease took from me.  Once I had completed treatment, luckily, my body began to heal. Since I was his daughter, everyone expected me to possess the same unquenchable spirit found in Jim Valvano.  In reality, I had a challenging time […]

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From Prostatectomy to the ESPYS

When David Cobb won the PlayStation Heroes contest last year, it earned him a trip to the 2015 ESPY Awards, and there was no doubt in his mind who his guest would be. “My Dad and I both have a love of sports, so getting to experience the ESPYS with him was really great. Going on the trip and meeting all the athletes was something that we will talk about forever.” David said he had hoped to have special experiences like this after his father was diagnosed with prostate cancer in June 2002. Fortunately, after a radical prostatectomy (a procedure […]

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Happy New Year from the Valvanos

Written by Jamie Valvano One of my favorite holiday photos is of my Dad standing in front of a Christmas tree with the lining of his pockets clearly displaying he was flat broke.  This was a yearly gag that he would stage on December 25th in response to my Mom’s shopping habits.  My sisters and I were certainly spoiled rotten, but I cannot recall a single present that was underneath the tree.  Instead, the images of loved ones gathered together to enjoy a traditional Valvano feast bring meaning to this time of year for me. The holidays and the start […]

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Goodbye, 2015. Thanks for the Memories!

Dick Clark had his rockin’ countdown. And, while we don’t have a giant ball drop or any confetti, we’d like to think our final moments of 2015 are just as exciting. Together, with you, we spent the year funding cancer research and saving lives! What were your favorite moments? If I had to pick just 10 … Team V hit the Big Apple and raised more than $300,000 in the TCS New York City Marathon! Our runners trained a combined 50,000+ miles to help stop cancer. That’s what I call propelling cancer research forward. The unstoppable Dick Vitale – have […]

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Sharing My Dad

Written by special guest Jamie Valvano The other day, my 15-year-old son, Jake, excitedly shared with me that my Dad was the #1 trending topic on Twitter.  Powerful images and inspirational quotes have been splashed all over social media as we celebrated Jimmy V Week recently.  In this fast-paced world of “here today, gone tomorrow,” I find it extraordinary that my father’s words have grown more compelling with the passage of time. Jim Valvano was not the typical father.  He missed many of the magical daily tasks I get to share with my children.  There was a time when this […]

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Jimmy V Week Starts

The V Foundation for Cancer Research, one of the nation’s leading cancer research funding organizations, and ESPN are pleased to announce the ninth annual Jimmy V Week for Cancer Research, which will be held from December 2 to December 8 across ESPN platforms. To raise awareness and drive donations, ESPN will broadcast original content and graphics throughout the week on air and online. This year, supporters are encouraged to donate to The V Foundation to fund the research of all types of cancer or to the Stuart Scott Memorial Cancer Research Fund, which was established at The V Foundation in […]

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It Takes a Team

Blog by Michael Walker Michael is an intern in The V Foundation Communications Department. There is strength in numbers. The more people working together for a cause, the better. When you’re trying to make a real difference in this world, numbers give you an advantage. Currently, we’re trying to stop cancer. Facing this disease is a little easier when you have the support of your friends and family. But what about when you have the support of your medical team? Support from your hospital? And support from cancer researchers nationwide? Dr. Kenneth Westover of The University of Texas Southwestern Medical […]

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Living with Lung Cancer

Linnea Olson has been living with lung cancer for more than 10 years. She is not dying. She does not spend her days fighting. She is not in battle mode, poised with pharmaceuticals in hand and ready to attack. No, she is living. She is painting. She is traveling. She is blogging. She is mothering. She is advocating for cancer prevention and awareness. She is living. Every day since her diagnosis, Linnea has had cancer cells in her body. She has now lived with cancer for 1/5 of her life. She is aware of how staggering that is. Because lung […]

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Monster trucks and cancer research, oh my!

Monster trucks and breast cancer research? It takes far-reaching vision and generous hearts to see the connection. Longtime V Foundation supporter, Hooters, and a man named Rich Grabits saw the link and are making an important difference. All throughout month of October, Hooters called on America once again to “Give A Hoot” in the fight against breast cancer. As a part of its annual fundraising program during National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Hooters auctioned off a custom monster truck with 100 percent of the bid contributing to the Give A Hoot fundraising effort. Rich Grabits, a 45-year-old mechanical worker from […]

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