The V Foundation
In A Nutshell:
The V Foundation for Cancer Research was founded by ESPN and Jim Valvano (former NC State basketball coach and broadcaster), and the main goal is to provide funding for cancer research. The Foundation’s Scientific Advisory Board assures that only the cancer research projects with the most potential are funded.
Why They Rock:
- Awards 100% of all direct donations and net proceeds of events directly to cancer research and related programs.
- More than $100 million raised for ALL types of cancer research nationwide – amazing since they have a very small staff (less than 10 employees).
- Jim Valvano is a big reason why the rock, I don’t have enough ink to write about this inspirational legend so read more about this magnificent soul on their website.
The V Foundation was the first non-profit I wanted on the 50Give tour due to the very inspirational Jim Valvano ESPY speech which usually leaves me in tears. I was persistent in volunteering for the organization and NO wasn’t going to be an option…so I used the advice of Jimmy V, “Don’t give up, don’t ever give up.”
Sherrie my very organized contact provided a variety of office tasks which started with the help of chill Michaela, and I dominated letter folding with the luxury of a machine, grazie technology – ciao paper cuts! Next, I assisted Joyce with inventory for the upcoming Dick Vitale Gala in Sarasota, Florida…tons of celebrities fly across the country and meet up at the Ritz (somebody sponsor me and I will send pictures of me bear hugging Calipari)!
Lunch! Off to The Food Factory with generous Mary to pick up a tasty sandwich and southern-style banana pudding! The staff ate together and usually Nick Valvano (away during my visit), brother of Jimmy & CEO, tells great stories about Jimmy which I am sure pumps up the staff…I will stop by again to hear Nick on round two of 50Give on my bicycle!
Back to work which included database entry for the Dick Vitale Gala…I used my ninja Google skills to match up addresses for people who write in Hieroglyphics – yes it’s making a comeback! Sherrie took me out for a surprise gelato at Henry’s…I need to tour Italy and volunteer at every gelateria because I need to help people understand stuff about gelato…cricket, cricket.
Also in North Carolina I was very grateful to get an awesome home-cooked meal from my University of Richmond buddy Mason and his lovely girl Jessica, and I slept comfortably in their guest room listening all night to east coast thunderstorms. I wish I had more time in this beautiful state, especially a quick road trip to the Outer Banks…next time on round three of 50Give via horse and carriage – Oregon Trail Live – omy, somebody get 50Give a reality show contract.
I don’t know what the physical pain of cancer feels like, what feelings are present when you lose somebody very close to cancer, nor would I understand what Jim Valvano felt when a doctor told him he had one year to live – all I can do is promote and inspire to give…give cancer a permanent vacation with research. I will let the passionate and giving soul of Jim Valvano say it best with his heart: “We need your help. I need your help. We need money for research. It may not save my life. It may save my children’s life. It may save someone you love. And it’s very important.”
This journal entry is dedicated to John Newman, Bridget Regan, Paula Laboy, and Virginia Donohue .
ESPY Speech (video):
“There are 86,400 seconds in a day. It’s up to you to decide what to do with them.” Jim Valvano
More Jim Valvano Quotes: