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Michael the Intern’s Steiner Sports Auction Picks

Article by Michael Walker, Communications Intern Through October 7, Steiner Sports is hosting an auction to benefit The V Foundation for Cancer Research. Steiner Sports declares it is “the leading producer of authentic hand-signed collectibles and the best source for all your sports gift and collectible needs,” and this year’s list of memorabilia falls nothing short of such a claim. In fact, there are so many desirable items, I thought you might benefit from a list of “must-have’s” to guide your decision-making. Michael Jordan Wilson Basketball No athlete is more recognizable than Michael Jordan. He is among the most revered as […]

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An Alliance with The National Brain Tumor Society

Article by Carrie Treadwell, Chief Research Officer, National Brain Tumor Society This week, our friends at The V Foundation for Cancer Research made a commitment to helping pediatric cancer patients. The organization, a national leader in cancer research funding, announced its plans to observe Childhood Cancer Awareness Month throughout the duration of September 2015. As part of its announcement, The V Foundation, which has awarded more than $15 million in pediatric cancer research grants nationwide, highlighted new and extended partnerships, including one with the National Brain Tumor Society. The V Foundation for Cancer Research was founded in 1993 by ESPN […]

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Dick Vitale is an Awesome V Foundation Supporter, Baby!

Article by Katie Sweet “If only Dick Vitale had more energy. If only he had more passion and wasn’t afraid to ask people to help. If only there was a cause Dick cared deeply about,” said no one. Ever. Before cancer took his life, Jim Valvano left his quest to end the disease in the hands of The V Foundation. As a friend of Jim’s and a member of the Foundation’s board, ESPN commentator Dick Vitale hasn’t taken the challenge lightly. It’s easy to see why the two men became close. Besides their northern roots, a shared love of the […]

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Funding The Best: Dr. Dan Wechsler

Article by Katie Sweet Photo by Becca Lockhart As parents, you want to take pain away from your children. You want to swallow their fears whole and absorb their heartaches. Like a sponge, you’d soak up whatever messes spilled their way and wring away the bad. That’s easy enough for scraped knees, bumped heads and broken hearts. When the monster under the bed is cancer, everything changes. Childhood cancer is ugly and mean and unfair. It’s all those things we want to protect our kids from. For thousands of families every year, it’s the bully that shows up to their […]

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Win a Trip to PlayStation Experience 2015

PlayStation Experience 2015 will be taking place on December 5-6 in San Francisco, and PlayStation HEROES is giving you a chance to win an exclusive, all-expenses-paid trip to attend the event in style. Just purchase Foul Play, Mediatonic and Devolver Digital’s side-scrolling brawler set entirely on a theater stage, and register online. It’s that easy! This marks the first time you’ll be able to participate in PlayStation HEROES by simply purchasing a game. And the best part? You get to pick your price. Purchase Foul Play for PS4 for $2, $5, $10, $20, $50, $75 or $100 via The PS […]

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Catching Up With Chad Jones

Article by Elisabeth McFarland Chad Jones is only 14 years old, and he has already faced and defeated a major life challenge – cancer. You might have seen Chad’s story in our V Foundation 2014 Annual Video. He was diagnosed with Stage 4 neuroblastoma in 2012. “We had taken Chad in to the emergency room because he had an excessive amount of pain,” explained Chad’s mother Rashaunda Jones. “Chad had cancer cells on his skull, arms and legs.” Chad participated in a clinical trial at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia for treatment. After a stem cell transplant and 26 days […]

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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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