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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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A Wonderful Time of Year

It’s the most wonderful time of the year. ‘Twas the day of the 2015 grants announcement from The V Foundation. Every employee was stirring; no time for a vacation. The proposals were sorted by the Scientific Advisory Committee with care, in hopes that an amazing research breakthrough would be found in there. Don’t check your calendar. It’s not time to panic about your holiday shopping just yet. At The V Foundation, however, we have giving on the mind now. We have just proudly awarded our largest slate of grants to date – more than $20 million this year! Since 1993, […]

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ESPN’s Shelley Smith: On a Mission

We’ve spoken to a number of cancer survivors for V’s Voice. No matter their age, gender, background or cancer type, they all share an attitude of enthusiasm and gratitude. And they all want to help other cancer survivors. ESPN anchor Shelley Smith is no different. With her unique position to reach so many people, Smith is on a mission. Like many others before her, Smith faced her breast cancer diagnosis head on. She didn’t have a choice. So she put on some boxing gloves and took a swing. She lost her hair because of the treatments. She didn’t have a […]

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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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