With the help of ESPN, Jim Valvano established The V Foundation in 1993.  That same year, Valvano received the Arthur Ashe Award for Courage.  Valvano died of cancer later that same year.

The V Foundation for Cancer Research provides funding for research programs across the United States.  100% of cash donations go directly to research and related programs.  (administrative expenses are paid by a separate endowment).

If you would like to donate to The V Foundation, please go to: www.jimmyv.org

Tonight at 9PM EST, ESPN is broadcasting Survive and Advance, the story of the underdog 1983 North Carolina State basketball team which won the NCAA championship. They came from behind in many of their tournament games exhibiting perseverance. They were led by the coach Jim Valvano. If you have not heard of Jim Valvano and his battle with cancer, do yourself a favor and watch this ESPN re-broadcast of Jimmy Valvano’s 1993 ESPYS speech. Everyone should regularly watch this short but incredibly inspirational speech!!! You should also tune in tonight to watch Survive and Advance to see how Coach Valvano always had his fighting attitude, his strong perseverance and his leadership.

Jimmy Valvano’s fight led to the formation of The V Foundation for Cancer Research.  The V Foundation recently celebrated its 20 year anniversary and has raised over $100 million that has gone to research into all types of cancer.

Remember as I posted in a blog earlier, Don’t Give Up…Don’t Ever Give Up!

Watch on hipstersandyuppies.tumblr.com

On the 20th anniversary of Coach Valvano’s amazing speech we have a little girl apparently cured of HIV. In his words…

"Don’t give up. Don’t ever give up!"

"Don’t give up…don’t ever give up!" said basketball coach Jim Valvano as he valiantly fought cancer.  The V Foundation For Cancer Research (named in honor of the late Jim Valvano) has awarded more than $90 million to cancer facilities across the nation.  100% of direct donations and net event proceeds go to cancer research." 

For more information on the V Foundation, go to: www.jimmyv.org