BENEFITING: The V Foundation
EVENT DATE: Nov 05, 2017
“Don’t Give Up . . .Don’t Ever Give Up”
Five months ago I began my journey with Team V with two purposes in mind: first, to run the New York City Marathon as a celebration of my upcoming 60th birthday and second, to raise money for cancer research as a way of honoring three amazing women in my life who have been battling cancer. We are now less than four weeks from race day, and I am heartbroken to report that I have had to change my purpose. While I continue honor Helen’s valiant victory over breast cancer and Melinda’s extraordinary ongoing battle against Stage IV lung cancer, I will now be running to honor the memory of my incredible friend Michelle Benaim, who lost her life to colon cancer on September 30th of this year. The heartbreak that has come with losing Michelle has only galvanized my commitment to reach my fundraising goal of $60,000 for the V Foundation for Cancer Research. The current treatments available weren’t sufficient to save Michelle’s life, and that is all the more reason why we all need to band together and continue to fund the brilliant researchers who are working to develop better, more effective treatments and cures. Please honor my beautiful friend by making a donation to the V Foundation through my fundraising campaign. As Jim Valvano famously said during his ESPY Awards speech just a month before his life was taken by cancer, “there are 86,400 seconds in a day. It’s up to you to decide what to do with them.” Please use some of those seconds today to donate to the V Foundation for Cancer Research.
Team V is the official endurance fundraising program for the V Foundation for Cancer Research. We are a committed team of athletes fundraising with strength and determination for the fight against cancer. Our team’s runners are fueled by the spirit of Jim Valvano and his inspiring words, “Don’t Give Up . . . Don’t Ever Give Up!”®
The V Foundation was founded by ESPN and award-winning NC State basketball coach Jim Valvano. Coach Valvano was diagnosed with cancer in 1993. When he created the Foundation, Jim knew that it was too late for research to save him, but he spent his last months alive creating a legacy of hope for others diagnosed with this debilitating disease.
In the past 24 years, The V Foundation has awarded more than $170 million to cancer research and related programs nationwide.
Jim Valvano’s “Don’t Give Up . . . Don’t Ever Give Up!”® spirit is alive now more than ever, and it is the perfect motto to carry us through the largest marathon in the world. With continued support, we will forge ahead with innovative research. Join us on Team V or support us through a donation – either way, you are making a difference and saving lives. There is not a moment to lose in the fight against cancer.