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Funding The Best: Dr. Damon Reed

Article by Jonelle Kimbrough Every year in the United States, 12,000 to 15,000 children – from infancy to the age of 19 – are diagnosed with cancer. Although cancer is still the leading cause of death due to disease in children, survival rates for pediatric cancer patients have significantly improved over the last three decades as a result of revolutionary new treatments. The research conducted by the best and brightest minds at the nation’s leading cancer centers is responsible for moving these life-saving treatments from the lab to the patient. One of these dedicated scientists is Dr. Damon Reed of […]

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Funding The Best: Dr. Steven DuBois

Article by Jonelle Kimbrough When you donate to The V Foundation, you help us fund the cutting-edge research that turns cancer patients into cancer survivors. The researchers that we support all battle tirelessly and selflessly to turn the dream of a cancer-free world into a reality. One of these researchers, though, is fighting a rare enemy. He is fighting to stop a disease that accounts for only one percent of all cancer occurrences, and that disease is sarcoma. Dr. Steven DuBois, a pediatric oncologist at the University of California San Francisco Benioff Children’s Hospital, recently received a $105,000 Designated Grant […]

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Applebee’s Serves Up Food and Fundraising

Article by Jonelle Kimbrough “Would you like a ‘side of hope’ with your Quesadilla Burger?” “Can I interest you in tonight’s special: funding for cancer research?” No matter how they asked for donations, the teams at 66 regional Applebee’s restaurants raised $164,192 for cancer research during the ninth annual March Hoops fundraiser, held March 5 through April 7. A vast majority of those funds was raised one dollar at a time, said Michael Olander, President and CEO of Applebee’s franchisee Apple Gold Group. The top fundraisers – all from North Carolina locations – were Demetrius Davis of High Point, Thomas […]

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Surviving Cancer: ‘Whether You Are Behind or Ahead, You’ve Got To Keep Fighting’

Article by Katie Sweet Tubby Smith, Texas Tech men’s basketball head coach, draws up game plans for a living. He runs offense and defense, day in and day out. His job is to stay one step ahead of the opponent and ultimately win. It’s no shock he took on cancer the same way. “Your first thought when you hear the word “cancer” – how can I battle it? How can I overcome it?” Smith said. Coach Smith’s prostate cancer was diagnosed early, and he knew it to be a more treatable form of the disease. Like he had done for […]

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Surviving Cancer: ‘[Cancer] Would Never Be My Life’s Story’

Article by Elisabeth McFarland There are more than 14 million cancer survivors in the United States. Each of these survivors has a story. Robin Roberts’ story speaks of her upbeat attitude and her determination to never give up. The “Good Morning America” anchor’s cancer story began in 2007 when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. Most people find out this news in a doctor’s office with family. Roberts, as she wrote in her recent memoir Everybody’s Got Something, received a phone call from her doctor about her diagnosis while on a plane, alone. “When I boarded in New York, I […]

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Surviving Cancer: ‘[Cancer] Changes Your Whole Perspective’

Article by Katie Sweet                   Tatum Parker with Dick Vitale We have defining moments in life when we have to “grow up.” These moments are often preceded by events that most of us would agree aren’t fair. You didn’t make the team when you were the best hitter. You have to pay for an accident you didn’t cause. It’s not fair, but hey … you have to grow up and deal with it. Those are the moments when we must mature, and over a lifetime, they combine to help make us the […]

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Surviving Cancer: ‘You Can’t Let Yourself Not Feel Normal’

Article by Katie Sweet The definition of a survivor, according to the National Cancer Institute, is: someone who remains alive and continues to function during and after overcoming a serious hardship or life-threatening disease. In cancer, a person is considered to be a survivor from the time of diagnosis until the end of life. That just seems so passive. Remains alive? Continues to function? Have you ever seen someone stand on the beach, admiring the sun and water, only to get smacked with a wave he never saw coming? What comes next isn’t “remaining alive” and “continuing to function.” First, […]

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Humble Bundle is a Game Changer

Article by Abigail Ancherico Make a difference, in-game and out, with Humble Bundle. Online distributor Humble Bundle is offering passionate gamers an opportunity to score great games and support The V Foundation through its Humble Origin Bundle 2, available now through Tuesday, April 28 at 11 AM Pacific Time. Humble Origin Bundle 2 emphasizes the importance of raising money for charity while delivering quality games to the community. Gamers can donate money with each purchase to change lives in the real world while impacting virtual ones in each game. Consumers can pay $1 or more for a wide variety of […]

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Be a HERO with Sony PlayStation

Article by Jonelle Kimbrough                   Sony PlayStation is offering gamers an opportunity to be heroes in the virtual world AND in the real world with HEROES. Gamers can download the HEROES app and purchase related digital content on their PlayStation 4 systems. For each dollar spent, participants receive one entry into a random drawing for a chance to play against a particular celebrity. Ninety percent of every purchase benefits a charity. Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig represents The V Foundation for Cancer Research. “Puig embodies the ‘Don’t Give Up . . […]

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Learning From Experience: V Scholar Dr. Ash Alizadeh

Article by Abigail Ancherico Dr. Ash Alizadeh, a 2014 V Scholar grant recipient, has received recognition for his work in academic hematology and oncology and for his dedication toward disease-related research. As the Martin D. Abeloff, M.D. V Scholar, Dr. Alizadeh is working on a project titled Non-Invasive Detection and Monitoring of Tumors and Body Fluids at the Stanford Cancer Center in Palo Alto, California. His journey is one of diverse and exciting experiences that have motivated and influenced his accomplishments. From a young age, as the son of a pediatrician, Dr. Alizadeh was fascinated with the art of healing […]

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