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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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Pediatric Cancer Drives Donor Josh Milstein

Article by Katie Sweet It’s only natural to support charitable causes that affect you. If you and your family have been touched by an illness, you want to unite with others to defeat that common enemy. If your school or your church needs a new book collection, you band together and raise the funds. We support people and things near and dear to us. So, when I tell you that V Foundation supporter Josh Milstein founded an online resource to help parents, you’d think he was out to help his fellow parent, right? When I tell you that he is […]

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January is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month

Article written by Jonelle Kimbrough Fashion designer Liz Lange … Author Judy Blume … Actress Marissa Jaret Winokur … What do these famous ladies have in common with nearly 13,000 American women every year? They have been diagnosed with cervical cancer. January is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month. According to the National Cancer Institute, cervical cancer occurs when cells in the cervix – the lower part of the uterus – develop at an abnormal rate. In most cases, cervical cancer is caused by an infection of the human papilloma virus (HPV). Many adults become infected with HPV at some point in […]

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Gone but Never Forgotten: Jeff Slack and Stuart Scott

Article by Jamie Valvano Precious lives continue to be lost as a result of the disease the world knows as cancer. I will forever miss two friends that became members of our Valvano family. One man was quiet and reserved, yet he quickly became a hero to anyone fortunate enough to meet him. The other man became famous for his humor, talent and charisma on and off television. Our hearts are broken by their deaths, and we grieve with the families of Jeff Slack and Stuart Scott. Year after year, Jeff and Karen Slack volunteered for The Jimmy V Celebrity […]

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