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In Their Own Words: Dr. Karen Sfanos

The V Foundation is successful thanks to the contributions of many: donors, corporate partners, our incredible Board and Scientific Advisory Committee and the amazing researchers who are awarded grants. With “In Their Own Words,” we sit down with key members of The V Foundation. In this edition, our team chats with Dr. Karen Sfanos, an assistant professor of pathology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.   The V Foundation: Tell us about your personal connection to cancer. Dr. Karen Sfanos: I think everyone has a personal connection to cancer in some way. I, like everyone else, have had […]

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Remembering My Friend John Saunders

  By Dick Vitale My friendship with John Saunders began 30 years ago, in the mid-1980s, when we first worked together at ESPN. It was a friendship that grew in many ways over three decades. John was filled with passion, pride and loyalty to the people he respected and admired. He was a terrific husband, father and friend and had a heart of gold. Over the last decade, John was a vital part of the Dick Vitale Gala and in helping kids battling cancer. John served as the emcee for the event and did a phenomenal job. Because of his tremendous friendship with Jim Valvano, John […]

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How a Life in Horse Racing Led to a Partnership with The V Foundation

Duncan Taylor never dreamed of being in a position to help raise thousands of dollars for cancer research or own a champion Thoroughbred like California Chrome. In fact, growing up working on a farm in Kentucky, he just wanted to get his foot in the door of the horse racing world. It was a long journey, but his commitment to the sport and to giving back has given him the chance to accomplish both. This year, with Chrome getting set to run the final races of his career, Taylor and Chrome’s ownership team began discussing ideas on how to best […]

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Funding the Best: Dr. Jose Trevino

Dr. Jose Trevino knows what cancer can do to patients and their families, perhaps more so than most cancer researchers. Trevino is a researcher and also a cancer surgeon. His work at the University of Florida College of Medicine includes research on pancreatic cancer biology, tumor signaling and chemoresistance. He is not only working to end cancer in his lab, but he is also working to help current cancer patients affected by the disease. “I see how cancer affects my patients’ lives every day, and I take it personal,” said Trevino. “My patients and I work as a team and […]

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Amazing Experiences Abound in the ESPY Day Auction!

By Mick McDonald It’s ESPYS week, which means the ESPY Day Auction on eBay is live, and if you haven’t checked out the hundreds of experiences and items up for bid, you are missing out! What should you be most excited about? Well, there truly is something for everyone up for grabs (Seriously, why are you still reading this? Go see for yourself!) If it was up to me though? Here are the five experiences I’d be most excited about: Join Tim Kurkjian for an Orioles game at Camden Yards Those who know me won’t be surprised by this. I’m […]

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A Perfect Pairing

As the leader of The Chef’s Academy, the culinary and pastry arts division of Harrison College, Paul Sottile knows how to develop young people into kitchen superstars. The two culinary campuses in Indianapolis, Ind., and Morrisville, N.C., provide students with a solid foundation of techniques to make them successful in the food service industry. However, it’s providing them the opportunities to also be superstars outside the kitchen that Sottile said he takes the most pride in. “The Chef’s Academy is very actively engaged in our community, and providing our services has always been a great way for us to support […]

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Funding the Best: Dr. Mazhar Adli

Imagine that you’re a librarian. You have hundreds of thousands of books to manage. One day, you find out there is an error with a single sentence in one book. Instead of replacing all the books to hopefully correct the improper sentence in one book, as has been done for many years prior, you use new technology to find the specific sentence in the specific book causing the issues. How does this relate to cancer research? The library analogy is a favorite of Dr. Mazhar Adli of the University of Virginia Cancer Center, a recipient of a 2014 V Scholar […]

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Spring Brings Memories

By Jamie Valvano   March Madness has come and gone, but the image of my Dad running out on the court desperately searching for someone to hug lingers.  On March 10th, my Dad would have turned 70 years old.  I close my eyes and create a nonexistent memory of him holding one of his grandchildren.  His black hair would be mixed with strands of grey, but I am certain his silly grin would be the same.  The desire to see him alive and hear his hoarse voice utter a witty comeback overwhelms.  I place the 30 for 30 ESPN special […]

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A Letter to My Daughter

Ellen Martin will run for Team V in the 2016 Rock ‘n’ Roll Raleigh 5K on Saturday, April 9. She is a breast cancer survivor and cancer research advocate. By Ellen Martin   Dear Wrenn, “Making the decision to have a child – it is momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body. ” – Elizabeth Stone This has always been my favorite quote about motherhood, and it spoke to me long before I had you.  As a teenager, I used to keep a journal with all of my favorite quotes, and […]

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Fighting Cancer In Your Neighborhood

Apple Gold Group has once again teamed up with The V Foundation to raise money for cancer research. Applebee’s restaurants all over North Carolina and Kentucky are asking college basketball fans to show their team spirit this March while also joining in the fight against cancer. We wanted to learn about the people behind the campaign, so we talked to Stephen Kelley, General Manager of the Applebee’s in Knightdale, NC, about why this partnership is so important to him.   By Stephen Kelley As a long-tenured restaurant manager, I have been asked to read many books about leadership and learn […]

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