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Jimmy V’s Osteria and Bar: Serving Great Food and Great Support

  “Call me the Will Rogers of eating. I never met a meal I did not like.” — Jim Valvano Just over a year ago, in the heart of Jimmy V territory, the coach’s legacy came to life once again. Jimmy V’s Osteria and Bar makes sure no one in Raleigh has to eat a bad meal. It’s no surprise that a menu inspired by Jim’s classic family recipes and general love for good food has found such success only minutes from NC State University. Since its September 2013 grand opening, Jimmy V’s Osteria and Bar has pledged 2.5% of […]

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One in a Million

We often use the phrase “everyone is touched by cancer.” Most of the time, no one disagrees with that statement. In fact, 95% of the staff at The V Foundation for Cancer Research have either faced cancer personally or have a loved one who has faced cancer. Defeating cancer is our cause, partly because we all know someone in the fight. Not Dave Rickert.                     Rickert has not faced cancer personally, nor does he have a loved one facing cancer. He simply wants to help people. Rickert, President of BroadData Conferencing […]

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How Hooters Helped Save My Life

Article by Jan-Marie Merrill                     Over the last decade, Hooters has proudly raised nearly $2 million for The V Foundation for Cancer Research. Much of it was raised in honor of the late Kelly Jo Dowd, one of the original Hooters Girls, who valiantly battled breast cancer for five years before she succumbed in 2007. Funds help to further important scientific cancer research and Kelly Jo’s mission to educate all women about the importance of early breast cancer detection and treatment. *** It’s quite easy for some people to dismiss Hooters […]

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Running for Bill at the NYC Marathon

When Michael Gosselin first heard of his brother Bill’s diagnosis, he was in shock. With a background in biological sciences, he knew he would be the one to explain the logistics to his mom, Bill’s wife and his brother’s four children. Bill was diagnosed with oral cancer in May. Yet, the family remained hopeful, despite the extreme pain their husband, father, brother and son was feeling. Though unable to swallow food, Bill attended his daughter’s graduation from college in Vermont and continued to work to support his family until he was no longer able to do so.       […]

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Support the Fight Against Breast Cancer

If there’s one thing that’s near and dear to my Hooters family, it’s supporting the fight against breast cancer. I’m proud to be one of more than 18,000 Hooters Girls around the globe and part of a workforce made up of 70% women. I might be a little biased, but I can’t think of another dining destination as uniquely qualified to raise funds and awareness for breast cancer research! Throughout the month of October, I am encouraging all of America to support our Hooters locations across the nation in the fight against breast cancer. Over the last decade, Hooters has […]

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NANT means New Therapy, New Hope

By Carole Wegner, Ph.D., Director of Grants for The V Foundation  Recently, I had the opportunity to meet a remarkable team of scientists, health care providers, patient advocates and a healthy young girl, Cathryn, who survived neuroblastoma and is now not only surviving, but thriving! You would never guess this beautiful, intelligent and charming 10-year-old child was severely ill several years ago. We met at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles to discuss a program called the “New Approaches to Neuroblastoma Therapy” (NANT), which has provided innovative therapies for over 600 neuroblastoma patients from 2000-2013 who, unlike Cathryn, did not respond to […]

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Make Your Mess Your Message

by Susan Braun, CEO of The V Foundation for Cancer Research Earlier this year, the courageous and inspiring Robin Roberts, a board member of The V Foundation for Cancer Research and co-anchor of Good Morning America wrote a new memoir, “Everybody’s Got Something.”  On September 20th, we celebrate Robin on her second “new birthday”.  Two years ago, she received a life-saving bone marrow transplant. “Everybody’s got something.” That’s what Robin Roberts‘ mother used to tell her.  For the “Good Morning America” co-anchor, her something was myelodysplastic syndrome or MDS, a rare blood disorder. Roberts, a breast cancer survivor, underwent a […]

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Unbreakable Courage at 13

At age 13, most kids are happy to make it through their first year of middle school. Chad Jones was thankful just to be alive. While his friends and classmates were consumed with sports, schoolwork and puppy love, Chad’s days were filled with tests, radiation therapy and cancer scans. Chad was diagnosed with stage 4 neuroblastoma at 11 years old. Neuroblastoma is a rare form of cancer that is most common among children, specifically children under two. The disease is characterized by extra cranial solid tumors that frequently originate in the adrenal glands. However, they can also develop in the […]

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My Dream List: ESPY Day Auction Items

Since I’m only a junior at UNC Chapel Hill, I definitely don’t have enough money to bid on the ESPY Day auction items.  However, I love being an intern at The V Foundation and look forward to the day I can bid on some items!  But just because I’m not able to bid doesn’t mean that you can’t!  Here’s my dream list with the top three auction items I would bid on if I had the chance: 1) Like I said earlier, I’m a Tar Heel, meaning that I would absolutely love the UNC Basketball Private Lunch with Coach Roy […]

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I #DontEverGiveUp

I #DontEverGiveUp for all of those who are currently battling with cancer. I #DontEverGiveUp for those who can no longer hold up their sign. I #DontEverGiveUp for the parents who are watching their child battle this terrible disease. I #DontEverGiveUp for the 1.7 million people who will be diagnosed 2014. I #DontEverGiveUp for the people we’ve lost. I #DontEverGiveUp for the 14.5 million cancer survivors alive today in the United States. I #DontEverGiveUp for all people working to find all the cures to all the cancers that need to be found. Everyone has something that they #DontEverGiveUp for and we […]

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