Dear friends, family and anyone looking to help in the fight against cancer,
I have pledged to raise money for cancer research by participating in the 2020 New York City 1/2 Marathon. It will be a significant challenge, but pales in comparison to what millions of people go through on a daily basis in their fights against cancer. Most people have been affected by cancer at some point in their lives. For myself, it was my grandmother. Mary Ellen Westrich (Nana) lost her battle with pancreatic cancer back in 2004. Now, 15 years later, I have joined the cause in an effort to help those who have fought, those who are fighting, and those who will join the fight in the future.
Coach Jim Valvano has been one of my idols since I first heard his legendary ESPY speech. Throughout my young adult life I have continuously relied on his words and have always looked up to him as one of my key role models. When the opportunity arose to finally stand up for his cause and for the foundation, there was no better fit.
Thank you to everyone for your consideration and your support in the cause, no matter how big or small it may be.
Team V | 2020 United Airlines New York City 1/2 Marathon
Team V is the endurance fundraising program for the V Foundation for Cancer Research. We are a committed team of athletes fundraising with strength and determination in the fight against cancer. Our teams 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 University 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 horrible disease.
In the past 25 years, the V Foundation has awarded more than $250 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 mantra to carry us through the 26.2 mile journey from Staten Island to Central Park. 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.