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Amazing Experiences Abound in the ESPY Day Auction!

By Mick McDonald It’s ESPYS week, which means the ESPY Day Auction on eBay is live, and if you haven’t checked out the hundreds of experiences and items up for bid, you are missing out! What should you be most excited about? Well, there truly is something for everyone up for grabs (Seriously, why are you still reading this? Go see for yourself!) If it was up to me though? Here are the five experiences I’d be most excited about: Join Tim Kurkjian for an Orioles game at Camden Yards Those who know me won’t be surprised by this. I’m […]

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A Perfect Pairing

As the leader of The Chef’s Academy, the culinary and pastry arts division of Harrison College, Paul Sottile knows how to develop young people into kitchen superstars. The two culinary campuses in Indianapolis, Ind., and Morrisville, N.C., provide students with a solid foundation of techniques to make them successful in the food service industry. However, it’s providing them the opportunities to also be superstars outside the kitchen that Sottile said he takes the most pride in. “The Chef’s Academy is very actively engaged in our community, and providing our services has always been a great way for us to support […]

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Funding the Best: Dr. Mazhar Adli

Imagine that you’re a librarian. You have hundreds of thousands of books to manage. One day, you find out there is an error with a single sentence in one book. Instead of replacing all the books to hopefully correct the improper sentence in one book, as has been done for many years prior, you use new technology to find the specific sentence in the specific book causing the issues. How does this relate to cancer research? The library analogy is a favorite of Dr. Mazhar Adli of the University of Virginia Cancer Center, a recipient of a 2014 V Scholar […]

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Spring Brings Memories

By Jamie Valvano   March Madness has come and gone, but the image of my Dad running out on the court desperately searching for someone to hug lingers.  On March 10th, my Dad would have turned 70 years old.  I close my eyes and create a nonexistent memory of him holding one of his grandchildren.  His black hair would be mixed with strands of grey, but I am certain his silly grin would be the same.  The desire to see him alive and hear his hoarse voice utter a witty comeback overwhelms.  I place the 30 for 30 ESPN special […]

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A Letter to My Daughter

Ellen Martin will run for Team V in the 2016 Rock ‘n’ Roll Raleigh 5K on Saturday, April 9. She is a breast cancer survivor and cancer research advocate. By Ellen Martin   Dear Wrenn, “Making the decision to have a child – it is momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body. ” – Elizabeth Stone This has always been my favorite quote about motherhood, and it spoke to me long before I had you.  As a teenager, I used to keep a journal with all of my favorite quotes, and […]

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Fighting Cancer In Your Neighborhood

Apple Gold Group has once again teamed up with The V Foundation to raise money for cancer research. Applebee’s restaurants all over North Carolina and Kentucky are asking college basketball fans to show their team spirit this March while also joining in the fight against cancer. We wanted to learn about the people behind the campaign, so we talked to Stephen Kelley, General Manager of the Applebee’s in Knightdale, NC, about why this partnership is so important to him.   By Stephen Kelley As a long-tenured restaurant manager, I have been asked to read many books about leadership and learn […]

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Constellation Brands Beer: The People Helping Us Get “Closer to a Cure”

Every year, Constellation Brands Beer teams up with The V Foundation to raise money for cancer research. In 2015, Constellation Brands Beer donated more than $1,000,000 to the Foundation – a record. We wanted to learn about the people behind the incredible support Constellation shows for cancer research, so we asked Erin Tait, a Market Development Manager for Constellation Brands Beer in Washington, about why she is so passionate about this campaign.   By Erin Tait   I am so thankful for the fact that upon my start with Constellation, my General Sales Manager John Williams made it clear that […]

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Why We Do This

Throughout 2016, The V Foundation staff will share the reasons they believe in what the Foundation stands for and provide some background on why working here matters. Why do we do what we do? By Mick McDonald, Digital Media Specialist Growing up, college basketball was a staple in my family. We watched it together, talked about it constantly and, for several years, even made our family vacation a trip to the ACC Tournament. To me, Jimmy V Week always felt like the true kickoff to the season. I watched Jim Valvano’s speech with my family so many times, we could […]

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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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