Continuing to honor the legacy of Jimmy V

April 28, 1993 was a very sad day. That was the day I got the call that my buddy, Jimmy Valvano, lost his life after a brave battle with cancer.

Jimmy’s legacy continues through the V Foundation. It is so unique and special. It started when he gave the famous speech at the ESPYs – “Don’t give up, never give up” – it was one of the best of all time.

Everyone has rallied by their side and raised more than $ 250 million to fight all different types of cancer. Breast cancer, colon cancer, cancer in children, Foundation V supported with research grants in the name of Jimmy V. That makes a lasting impression on people forever. Jimmy will never be forgotten by what he has done to help others.

I am asking you, on behalf of Jimmy V, to help further. In my case, I help raise money for childhood cancer. It is so much needed because it is amazing how little is being done in the world of childhood cancer. Children are our future and we must do everything we can to help them, especially those who have to go through the incredible scenario of fighting this disease. If you can donate, please visit dickvitale.com and help us. You have the power to save lives.

Jimmy is in Heaven with Stuart Scott and John Saunders. I know they’re excited their friends haven’t stopped and reached out to get more dollars to beat cancer.

People are in need and this dreaded disease affects so many people. Every day 45-50 parents hear the tragic news that their child has cancer. Parents watching their kids undergo chemotherapy is awful. You go ahead and fight in the battle of your life. It is truly life changing.

I’ve seen how it affects people, as I’ve spoken at a number of funerals for children who lost their brave battle with cancer. There is nothing worse than watching a mother and father lay their child to rest. It’s absolutely heartbreaking.

I’ve also seen kids win the fight like Tatum Parker, Kyle Taraska, Josh Fisher, Cole Eicher, and Kyle Peters. The research funds raised have made a difference.

On May 7th, we will have my Dickie V gala to raise money for the V Foundation, and I am thrilled that we will be handing out scholarships in this fierce battle. Last year the gala was virtual and I am very happy that the event will be live this year. The Sarsasota Ritz-Carlton will limit us to 500 people instead of our normal 1000, but our goal remains to raise $ 5 million for childhood cancer.

The gala is so special to me. It’s my national championship game and my quest is to get a W. Victory will come if we can raise $ 5 million in these troubled times of the pandemic. It is a special evening for many and we must help these children to fight this disease.

The honorees for this year’s gala include Florida soccer coach Dan Mullen, Auburn basketball coach Bruce Pearl, former Notre Dame women’s basketball coach Muffet McGraw and ESPN SportsCenter anchor Scott Van Pelt.

ESPN NFL reporter Chris Mortensen will receive the John Saunders Courage Award. I’m thrilled to have Baylor head coach Scott Drew introduce me, and Texas coach Chris Beard and Longhorn star and cancer survivor Andrew Jones will be in attendance.

It will be a special evening. Visit dickvitale.com for more information or to donate.

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