As many of you know, running has been a significant part of my life for many years now. Running has given me so many gifts but it has also taught me that to move forward, you have to give back. On April 15, 2019, I will be running the Boston Marathon with the Jimmy V Foundation for Cancer Research in honor of my brother-in-law Christopher Tolfree. Christopher was diagnosed with multiple myeloma in 2015. He is currently in remission, as much as multiple myeloma can go into remission, as it is a treatable but not curable form of cancer...yet. The V Foundation for cancer research was founded by ESPN and the legendary basketball coach Jim Valvano with one goal in mind, to achieve victory over cancer. The V Foundation has grown to become one of the premier supporters of cutting-edge cancer research funds. I will run to honor Christopher and the 1,735,350 new cancer patients who will be diagnosed in 2018. I am asking for your support for the Jimmy V Foundation as they seek to make a difference by generating broad-based support for cancer research and by creating an urgent awareness among all Americans of the importance of the war against cancer. I am inspired and encouraged by Christopher and all those who are fighting cancer. We are all in this together and together, we can make a difference! More funding means more research, and more research means more lives saved. My goal is to raise $6,000.
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!”®
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 iconic 26.2 mile journey from Hopkinton to Boston. 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.