This coming March 15th, I will be running in the New York City Half Marathon as part of Team V, representing the V Foundation for Cancer Research. You all already know that cancer affects millions worldwide – and all of us know someone who has been affected by cancer or have lost loved ones to this terrible disease.
I am training and running in honor of my mom, who is currently fighting (and winning) her own battle with cancer, and my grandparents and uncle, whose brave journeys ended not long ago. Their courage and strength inspired me to take on the challenge of running this race, which will be my first half marathon.
I am running this race for my mom and all our courageous friends and family who never, ever give up in the battle with cancer. Know that I am so grateful for your support (donations, good vibes, running tips, anything) and that every little bit helps to defeat this terrible disease.
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.