“Don’t Give Up . . . Don’t Ever Give Up!”®

With these words, Jim Valvano announced the beginning of the V Foundation for Cancer Research with ESPN’s support. During Jim’s memorable speech accepting the Arthur Ashe Courage and Humanitarian Award at the inaugural ESPYS on March 4, 1993, his message was simple: cancer research needs our support. Despite being weakened from his fight against cancer, he delivered an energetic and inspiring speech that brought the crowd to its feet. Although he passed shortly after his speech, Jim’s legacy lives on through the V Foundation. His speech continues to inspire others and provides motivation to never give up. For the past 25 years, the V Foundation has continued Jim’s message by funding incredible projects and researchers focused on finding an end to cancer. Because of the V Foundation’s generous supporters:

  • More than $200 million has been awarded to cancer research and programs
  • 100% of every direct donation goes to cancer research
  • There are 16 million cancer survivors in the U.S., with that number expected to grow to 20.3 million by 2026

While progress has been made, there is still more work to be done and more lives to save. You can be a part of the V Foundation team and help carry on Jim’s legacy in the fight against cancer.

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