BENEFITING: The V Foundation
EVENT DATE: Nov 06, 2016
A marathon is a challenge. Now, I may be a runner, but a marathon is 26.2 (twenty-six point two!) miles long. Oh boy. Like I said, it's a challenge. Though, every year, millions of people take this challenge and kick those 26.2 miles right in the you. know. what.
Challenges are presented in life in more ways than we might ever expect. Each year, an estimated 12.5 (twelve and a half!) million people around the world are challenged by Cancer. That number is increasing, but so is the percentage of people who are beating cancer. 23 years ago, Jimmy Valvano left us a message, "Dont Give Up... Don't Ever Give Up", creating a powerful spirit of resilience and hope that has lasted long beyond his lifetime (see speech here, especially if you haven't! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HuoVM9nm42E). The V Foundation has grown every year since its conception, thriving now as a powerful relationship between the sports community and cancer research.
THANK YOU to everyone in advance for supporting me in my first marathon. Being from New York and training in NYC for four years, I've always wanted to run the NYC marathon. I'm really hyped up to actually be doing this! Thank you, on behalf of the Jimmy V fund, for making an impact on an effective nationwide effort. Through fundraising for the The V foundation, everyone has a chance to have a positive influence on the fight against cancer. A fight that is being fought, and won, every day.
Lastly, I'd also like to dedicate this race to the memory of Jaime Love and Miles Applebaum, two of my former high school teammates of who both carried an infectious passion for the sport of running - "Run for Love" | "Run for Miles..."
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.
The V Foundation was founded by ESPN and former award-winning NC State basketball coach Jim Valvano. Coach Valvano was diagnosed with cancer in 1993. When he created the Foundation, he 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 22 years, The V Foundation has awarded more than $150 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.