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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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A story to “cool” you off: It’s Wine Celebration time!

Have you been feeling the summer heat? If the winter was cold, we are surely getting the heat of the summer. I hope this story will “cool” you off a bit as we go back in time to the 1984 Sarajevo Winter Olympics. Scott Hamilton, the most recognized male figure skating star in the world, took the gold medal for the United States. Are you “cool” yet? Well we have some exciting news for you – Scott Hamilton will be hosting the 16th Annual V Foundation Wine Celebration. Not only are we honored to have Scott Hamilton speak to us as an […]

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2013 Annual Report … A snapshot of 2013!

Around The V Foundation office, working on the annual report is considered a treat! We love to look back at what your support has helped accomplished during the previous year. None of what we do would be possible without the assistance of those who continue to work towards Jim’s goal. For that, we would like to say thank you for your passion and commitment. A snapshot of our 2013 accomplishments: Page 2: CEO Susan Braun reflects on the past year and anticipates the future. During 2013, we funded $14 million in new cancer research grants and we continue to fund […]

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National Cancer Survivors Day

June 1st is National Cancer Survivors Day. Below is a post from our CEO, Susan Braun.   Cancer survivors have been described in so many ways: victims, heroes, patients, the walking wounded, an army, thrivers to name just a few.  When we’re talking about 14 million people – some who have had cancer for three minutes, some for three decades – it’s pretty hard to pick a category that fits all.  When I think of cancer survivors, I think of people I know who have names and stories.  I think of Mary and Jane and Waz.  And I think of […]

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