MORE THAN $4.7 MILLION RAISED FOR CANCER RESEARCH AT 16TH ANNUAL V WINE CELEBRATION

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MORE THAN $4.7 MILLION RAISED FOR CANCER RESEARCH AT 16TH ANNUAL V WINE CELEBRATION
Proceeds to Benefit Cancer Research and Awareness Programs

NAPA VALLEY, CA, AUGUST 18, 2014 – The V Foundation for Cancer Research’s annual fundraiser, The V Wine Celebration, garnered more than $4.7 million over the weekend of August 7-9 for cancer research. The total included more than $1 million in “fund-a-need” donations in memory of former V Wine Celebration board member David Kane, who lost his 17-year battle with bladder cancer in 2011.KR7_6397

The V Foundation’s three-day signature fundraising event attracted attendees from all over the U.S. to the Napa Valley for a gala weekend of events and activities with a serious underlying purpose — to benefit the foundation’s efforts to support significant cancer research at major institutions and research centers nationwide.

The 16th annual V Wine Celebration kicked off on Thursday, August 7 with several intimate winery dinners. Jean-Charles Boisset and Gina Gallo hosted diners at Raymond Vineyards. The winemaking team at Silver Oak welcomed another group to Silver Oak Cellars, and Launny and Weezie Steffens hosted those dining at Vineyard 7 & 8. Also on Thursday, Suzanne Pride Bryan and Stuart Bryan hosted members of The V Foundation Giving Club at the Humanitarian and Founders Dinner at Pride Mountain Vineyards. All dinner guests were then invited to gather at Raymond Vineyards for an after party hosted by Boisset and Gallo. A new event this year, “Club Red,” featured a wine lounge and late-night dancing.

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On Friday, members of the Giving Club attended the Presidents Club & Vintner Grant Honoree Luncheon sponsored by Bentley Motors at the Napa Valley Reserve. The 2014 Vintner Grant honoree Naoko Dalla Valle, founder and proprietor of Dalla Valle Vineyards, was introduced and recognized. Dalla Valle has had several brushes with cancer: she lost her father to lung cancer and her husband to prostate cancer, and in January of this year, her 11-year-old nephew succumbed to Diffused Pontine Intrinsic Glioma (DPIG). Dalla Valle has personally raised $350,000 to fight this horrible pediatric brain cancer. The V Wine Celebration is pleased to honor the vintner community and give back to passionate supporters, like Dalla Valle, through its Vintner’s Grant program. The V Foundation announced that it will make a grant in Dalla Valle’s name to Dr. Sabine Mueller, a pediatric neuro-oncologist at UCSF, to help launch a DPIG clinical trial.

Friday evening’s popular “Let’s Get it Started” party at The Pavilion at The Vintage Estates in Yountville featured offerings from Napa Valley’s renowned restaurateurs and preeminent vintners, as well as a custom barrel auctions where guests had the opportunity to bid on one-of-a-kind cases of custom-created wine blends from celebrated winemakers. The evening ended with guests dancing to Grooveline.

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Saturday morning the foundation presented a free, public cancer research symposium, where prominent physicians and research scientists from around the nation gathered to present the most current advances and discoveries in clinical applications, new diagnostics and alternative treatments for cancer. The standing room-only crowd of several hundred then had the rare opportunity to pose questions to these leading researchers during a lively Q&A session. The V Foundation’s 2011 V Scholar, William Redmond, Ph.D., from the Robert W. Franz Cancer Research Center, Providence Portland Medical Center, presented on the hot topic of immunotherapy, the treatment that uses certain parts of a person’s immune system to fight diseases such as cancer. The Scientific Advisory Committee also announced that they had reviewed more than 60 cancer research grant applications and selected nine to fund this year.

The weekend’s activities culminated with a gala dinner, live auction, and exclusive performance by The Midtown Men, the four stars from the original cast of Broadway’s Jersey Boys. The dinner took place at Nickel & Nickel Winery, which has served as home of The V Wine Celebration for the last 10 years.

Teri and Ron Kuhn, proprietors of Pillar Rock Vineyard, kicked off the evening with an announcement that they were making a $1 million pledge to The V Foundation. A leukemia survivor herself, Teri Kuhn was the fund-a-need honoree at the 2010 V Wine Celebration. The Kuhns also took home several auction lots.

Also participating in the events this year was Steve Bornstein, V Foundation’s new board chair. Bornstein was instrumental in helping to create the foundation in 1993 when he was president of ESPN. Bornstein lost his brother, mother and father to cancer over a 14-month period 20 years ago. During that time, he read an article in Sports Illustrated about Jim Valvano, his friend and colleague, and Jim’s own battle with cancer. Bornstein suggested to Valvano that they start a charity to fight cancer.

Formerly the president and CEO of the NFL Network, earlier this year Bornstein succeeded Robert Lloyd as board chair. Lloyd served as The V Foundation chair from 1994 to 2014, in memory of his best friend, Jimmy Valvano. Now chair emeritus, Lloyd will remain an active member of the board of directors and continue to play a leadership role in The V Wine Celebration. Lloyd and his wife Kay were honored throughout the weekend’s festivities, including a special presentation by Bornstein and Julie Allegro, V Foundation board member and co-chair of The V Wine Celebration. Together, they presented Lloyd with two jerseys—one with the number 14, his number when he played basketball at Rutgers University, and one with the number 21, the number of years Lloyd served as V Foundation chair. They then officially retired the numbers, an honor a team bestows upon a standout player after he leaves a team or retires from a sport.

Allegro also paid tribute to the late David Reynolds, who served as auctioneer for The V Wine Celebration for the last 13 years. “David was much more than an auctioneer,” she said. “David was part of the V Foundation family. He had a passion and commitment for charities and causes like no one I’ve ever, ever seen.” After showing a brief video tribute, Allegro announce that a V Scholar grant was being made to the UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center in honor of Reynolds and his widow, Coleen Buckley. Allegro’s comments ended on a lighter note, sharing one of Reynolds’ favorite quotes,, “If you can’t figure out a way to open a great bottle of champagne every week of your life, then you need to make some changes.”

Buckley accepted the tribute and thanked everyone for their outpouring of support. “There is no group of people more generous to charities nationwide and more unsung than the wine community,” she said. And they proved her right with the first auction lot. Suzanne Pride and Joe Harbison rallied fellow vintners to donate magnums for a surprise lot in honor of Reynolds. At the spur of the moment, vintners in the room agreed to add a second lot. The two lots were purchased by vintners Chuck and Anne McMinn and Launny and Weezie Steffens, generating $130,000 for The V Foundation.

Olympic gold medalist, World Figure Skating Champion and U.S. Olympic Hall of Famer Scott Hamilton served as host of The V Wine Celebration gala dinner. After taking the stage, Hamilton quipped at the number of titles used to introduce him and said, “the one I’m most proud of is cancer survivor.” In 1997, Scott was diagnosed with testicular cancer, which he battled and overcame. Years later, he also faced brain tumor diagnoses—twice—finally recovering in 2010
Hamilton credited his mother for providing him strength, both in his career as a professional skater and when he was diagnosed with cancer—which came 20 years after losing her to cancer. He said she gave him a sense of power, purpose, clarity and courage. He took ownership of his battle and was determined to fight—and win. “We’re all here to give hope, to give money, to give the resources for brilliant minds to find a cure for this insidious disease,” Hamilton said. “My heart is so full looking out at all of you who are holding hands, linking arms and looking forward to a cure for cancer in our lifetime.”

Auctioneers Ursula Hermacinski and Fritz Hatton kept the bidding lively through all 32 lots, including travel experiences in Tuscany and Umbria, Barbados, Aspen, Punta de Mita, New York, Nashville, Costa Rica, Finland and Hong Kong. Befitting the foundation’s origins, sports enthusiasts found a variety of enticing lots, among them the opportunity to attend the Rose Bowl, the Masters in Augusta, the U.S. Open, Wimbledon, the ESPYs, the Jimmy V Classic, Super Bowl XLIX and the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

Bob Lloyd introduced the fund-a-need, sharing that it was very personal as both he and his wife Kay had lost their fathers to bladder cancer. The fund-a-need raised more than $1 million in support of bladder cancer research, in memory of Dave Kane. Kane, an active V Wine Celebration board member for many years, Every year in the U.S. there are approximately 75,000 new diagnoses of bladder cancer and about 15,000 people die from their disease, making bladder cancer the sixth most common cancer.

Newcomers to The V Wine Celebration, Matt and Amy Follet, were top bidders of the evening, taking home Lot #9, Diamonds are Forever, organized by Steve and Judy Padis. The lot included a 10-carat canary yellow rough Forevermark diamond and trips to New York and London, culminating with a party at Padis Vineyards in Napa Valley. Linda and Mike Markkula are headed to New York and also Italy. Michael and Carole Marks and Cindy and Evan Goldberg are each heading to the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio. Robert Schmidt is going to enjoy world-class racing (and, of course, food and wine) with Jeff Gordon Cellars, Alpha Omega Winery, Silver Oak Cellars and Staglin Family Vineyard. At the dinner, Jeff Gordon addressed the audience via video and spoke about meeting hundreds of kids battling cancer through the work of his foundation, which supports pediatric cancer research. Next year’s fund-a-need will benefit pediatric cancer research.

In its 21 years, The V Foundation has awarded more than $115 million in cancer research grants nationwide. The V Foundation distributes research grants for all types of cancer to the most promising scientists nationwide through a competitive process vetted by its Scientific Advisory Committee. Over the last 15 years, The V Wine Celebration has raised more than $53 million with this annual event. Funds have helped provide 539 cancer research grants nationwide, including grants in the San Francisco Bay Area to the Martin O’Neil Cancer Center at St. Helena Hospital, Napa’s Queen of the Valley Medical Center, Stanford University School of Medicine and UCSF Comprehensive Cancer Center.

“The V Foundation Wine Celebration is an amazing event that brings together the best of Napa, the best of donors and the best of cancer research,” said Susan Braun, CEO of The V Foundation. “We are so grateful to the vintners, sponsors, donors and scientists who made this a successful weekend. Together, we are changing the course of cancer and saving lives.”

For more information about this year’s event, call 707-963-0611 or visit www.winecelebration.org. The 17th anniversary V Foundation Wine Celebration will be held August 6-9, 2015.

ABOUT THE V FOUNDATION FOR CANCER RESEARCH
The V Foundation for Cancer Research was founded in 1993 by ESPN and the late Jim Valvano, legendary North Carolina State basketball coach and ESPN commentator. Since 1993, the foundation has funded more than $115 million in cancer research grants nationwide. One hundred percent of the net proceeds from events support all the work of The V Foundation. Due to generous donors, the foundation has an endowment that covers administrative expenses. The foundation awards peer-reviewed grants through a competitive awards process vetted by a Scientific Advisory Committee. For more information on The V Foundation or to make a donation, please visit www.jimmyv.org.

ABOUT THE V WINE CELEBRATION
The V Wine Celebration is a world-class wine event and auction benefiting The V Foundation for Cancer Research. Set in Napa Valley, the heart of California Wine Country, this annual special event brings together 500 prominent members of the sports broadcasting, entertainment, media, lifestyle, technology, investment, medical and winemaking worlds to raise money to fund vital research in the fight against all types of cancer. The V Wine Celebration has helped fund 539 research programs at medical and research facilities across the country. Dedicated to giving back to the generous Napa Valley and surrounding communities that have so enthusiastically embraced it, the foundation has included many Bay Area institutions among its grantees, including St. Helena Hospital, Napa’s Queen of the Valley Medical Center, Stanford University and UC San Francisco. Co-founded by Julie Allegro and Robert Lloyd, The V Wine Celebration has grown to be to one of the top-rated charitable wine auctions in the country.
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RECORD $9.2 MILLION RAISED FOR CANCER RESEARCH AT 15TH ANNUAL V WINE CELEBRATION

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RECORD $9.2 MILLION RAISED FOR CANCER RESEARCH AT 15TH ANNUAL V WINE CELEBRATION
Net Proceeds from the Event to Benefit Cancer Research and Awareness Programs

Sat_Doppes biddingNAPA, CA, AUGUST 5, 2013 — The V Foundation for Cancer Research’s annual fundraiser, The V Wine Celebration, garnered $9.2 million over the weekend of August 3 and 4 for cancer research. A generous challenge gift received from top bidders Evan and Cindy Goldberg pushed the total into record territory. The total also included nearly $1.2 million in “fund-a-need” donations honoring Good Morning America co-host and cancer survivor Robin Roberts.

Since it was created in 1993 by ESPN and the late Jim Valvano, legendary North Carolina State basketball coach, The V Foundation has awarded more than $100 million in grants. Because the foundation has an endowment to cover its administrative expenses, 100 percent of the funds raised at the event will go to cancer research and programs.

A major theme of this year’s V Wine Celebration was The V Foundation’s “street cred,” as event host, legendary Duke University men’s basketball coach Mike “Coach K” Krzyzewski, described it. V Foundation Chairman Robert Lloyd told the crowd, “No charity, no nonprofit will be better stewards of your money than The V Foundation.” Over the years, the organization has been able to leverage its grants into $1 billion for cancer research.

Christophe Georges, president and COO of Bentley Motors Americas, said Bentley is proud to be a partner with The V Foundation. It is the only organization in the Americas that Bentley supports on a continuous basis because of its commitment, transparency, heart and dedication. “This is why you can continue to count on us,” he said. This is the third year Bentley has sponsored The V Wine Celebration.

The V Foundation’s signature fundraising event attracted attendees from all over the U.S. to the Napa Valley for a gala weekend of events and activities with a serious underlying purpose — to benefit the foundation’s efforts to support significant cancer research at major institutions and research centers nationwide.

The 15th annual V Wine Celebration kicked off on Thursday, August 1 with several intimate winery dinners. Suzanne Pride and Stuart Bryan hosted diners at Pride Mountain Vineyards, Chuck and Anne McMinn welcomed another group to Vineyard 29, and Launny and Weezie Steffens hosted those dining at Vineyard 7 & 8. Also, on Thursday, Hi Sang Lee and Young Hwa Chung and Jae Chun and Jennie Lee hosted members of The V Foundation Giving Club at the Humanitarian and Founders Dinner at Dana Estates.

On Friday, guests started their day with a Bentley driving experience through the Napa Valley followed by a Riedel wine tasting in the afternoon. Members of the Giving Club attended the Presidents Club & Vintner Grant Honoree Luncheon sponsored by Bentley Motors at the Napa Valley Reserve. The 2013 Vintner Grant honorees were introduced and recognized: Fred and Mary Constant, Jeff and Valerie Gargiulo, Dick and Ann Grace, Fred and Sally Schweiger and Lowell and Janet Herrero. The V Foundation will provide a grant to prostate cancer research this year in each of their names.

Friday evening’s popular “Let’s Get it Started” party at The Pavilion at The Vintage Estates in Yountville featured Napa Valley’s renowned restaurateurs, preeminent vintners and custom barrel auctions, where guests had the opportunity to bid on one-of-a-kind cases of custom-created wine blends from celebrated winemakers. The evening ended with guests dancing to David Martin’s House Party.

Saturday morning the Foundation presented a public Cancer Research Symposium, where prominent physicians and research scientists from around the nation gathered to present the most current advances and discoveries in clinical applications, new diagnostics and alternative treatments for cancer. The standing-room-only crowd of several hundred then had the rare opportunity of posing questions to these leading researchers during a lively Q&A session.

The weekend’s activities culminated with a gala dinner and live auction at Nickel & Nickel Winery, which has served as home of The V Wine Celebration since 2005. Beth Nickel, owner of Nickel & Nickel, was honored by V Foundation CEO Susan Braun, who recognized her “magnanimous spirit that has blessed us all these many years” and presented Nickels with a painting by Lowell Herrero of her own summer cottage in the north woods of Wisconsin. Surprised to be honored, Nickels thanked everyone, reiterated her commitment to The V Foundation, and said, “Let’s raise money and wipe out this hideous disease.”

In 2003, Nickels lost her husband Gil Nickel to an aggressive form of melanoma. Just three months before his death, despite being gravely ill, Gil Nickel made his final public appearance at The V Wine Celebration, where he thanked everyone for what they were doing for cancer research. That same year, Beth Nickel joined with The V Foundation to run a successful campaign to endow the $1 million Gil Nickel Fund, which was awarded to The UCLA Jonsson Cancer Center in support of melanoma research.

V Foundation Wine Celebration co-founder and board member Julie Allegro honored fellow V Foundation board member Steven Bornstein, president and CEO of the NFL Network and former president and CEO of ESPN. “It’s a perfect night to recognize what we call the man with the idea,” said Allegro. “ESPN has a force; it’s called the Jimmy V Committee. Employees are so dedicated, and all of that stems back to Steve and his commitment.”

Bornstein lost his brother, mother and father to cancer over a 14-month period 20 years ago. During that time, he read an article in Sports Illustrated about Jim Valvano, his friend and colleague, and Jim’s own battle with cancer. Bornstein suggested to Valvano that they start a charity to fight cancer. “Jimmy said we’re not going to fight cancer, we’re going to cure cancer,” said Bornstein. “He insisted that we fund research.” Bornstein was presented with a tribute book and the announcement of a translational grant in his brother, mother and father’s names. “If Jim Valvano were here tonight, he would say, thank you, my friend for giving me that comfort, that magnificent gift of knowing my life would matter,” said Allegro in recognizing Bornstein.

“The V Foundation Wine Celebration is an extraordinary, classy, entertaining way to gather amazing people and raise money for cancer research,” said Susan Braun, CEO of The V Foundation. “After 15 years, the shine is brighter than ever. Each vintner, each sponsor, each participant – all come together to make a difference, and this year was a resounding success. Our deepest gratitude to everyone who made this possible.” V Foundation Chairman Robert Lloyd and event host, Coach K loosened up the crowd, imploring the guests to give generously for this important cause — and they did.

Coach K poked fun at friends in the audience and told a humorous story about meeting rapper Jay Z and his admitted love of Jay Z’s wife Beyoncé, before getting serious. “Tonight isn’t about being motivated, it’s about being inspired,” he said. “We create inspirational videos for our Olympic team,” and he shared a video that “reinforces the words I would like to reinforce as we move forward.” Those words were “emotion, pride, together, compete, enthusiasm, talk, passion, fight, energy, dirty work, communication and no excuses.” He invited the audience to recommit themselves to the fight against cancer. “We want you to renew your commitment to be emotional, to get angry, to work together,” he said. “Let’s look cancer in the eye and spit in its face.”

The most compelling auction lot was this year’s fund-a-need, which honored TV anchor Robin Roberts. In 2007, Roberts’ professional and personal worlds collided as she chose to turn the cameras on herself when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. She eventually was declared cancer free, but then in 2012 she was diagnosed with a rare blood disorder, MDS (myelodysplastic syndrome), She took a leave from her co-anchor position on Good Morning America to receive a bone marrow transplant from her sister, Sally Ann Roberts. After a successful operation, she returned to work in February 2013. Roberts, who received the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the ESPYS last month, has served as an inspiration to countless people as she has twice overcome life-threatening illnesses, while America watched.

V Foundation Chairman Robert Lloyd introduced Robin Roberts, who attended the event remotely, addressing the guests by video. “I remember last year and it was just weeks before I was going to have my transplant. I felt the love. It boosted my spirit,” she thanked the audience, and reminded everyone, “We need more money for research. As my momma used to say: ‘Good Lord willing and the creek don’t rise,’ I will be there with you next year.” Bidders honored Roberts by uniting to donate nearly $1.2 million to MDS research. More than 130 guests donated to the fund-a-need, with Michael and Carole Marks and Larry and Nancy Probst kicking it off with generous pledges.

The evening culminated with a performance by Oscar and Grammy Award winning singer and guitarist Melissa Etheridge, nine years cancer free. She dedicated the song Run for Life to Roberts. The song has special significance, as it is about cancer and running for answers to make the situation better. “I love you,” she said. “Keep running, my friend.”

With the winning ticket in the “Choose Your Porsche” raffle, Cyril and Blakesley Chappellet will choose either a 2013 Porsche 911 Carrera, 2013 Porsche Cayenne GTS or a 2013 Porsche Panamera valued at up to $100,000 to take home.

Auctioneer David Reynolds kept the bidding lively through all 36 lots, including travel experiences in the Bahamas, New Orleans, Miami and Anguilla, and a never-before-offered vertical featuring 30 vintages of Grace Family Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon. Befitting the foundation’s origins, sports enthusiasts found a variety of enticing lots, among them the opportunity to attend the Duke Blue Devils vs. the University of North Carolina Tar Heels, the ESPYS, the Dick Vitale Gala, Super Bowl XLVIII and the 2013 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

Generosity paid off for top bidders Evan and Cindy Goldberg. In addition to their generous pledge and their support to the fund-a-need, they walked away with four auction lots. In addition to their generous $50,000 pledge to the fund-a-need, Gus and Linda Doppes won lot #10, introduced by special guest Olympic snowboarder Louie Vito, and are headed to the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, as well as on an adventure in Wisconsin with Beth Nickel and Holly Peterson. In addition to raising their paddle for the fund-a-need, John and Sandra Thompson will also be going on the set of Good Morning America with Robin Roberts. Olympic figure skater and cooking show host Brian Boitano introduced his lot; Jim and Gretchen Mair will enjoy a meal at Boitano’s home in San Francisco. Doug and Jill Schatz took home the rare 30-vintage Grace Family vertical.

For more information about the 2013 event, call 707-963-0611 or visit www.winecelebration.org.

The 16th anniversary V Foundation Wine Celebration will be held August 7-10 2014.

ABOUT THE V FOUNDATION FOR CANCER RESEARCH The V Foundation for Cancer Research was founded in 1993 by ESPN and the late Jim Valvano, legendary North Carolina State basketball coach and ESPN commentator. Since 1993, the Foundation has awarded more than $100 million to fund cancer research grants nationwide. The V Foundation awards 100 percent of direct cash donations to cancer research and related programs. Thanks to its generous donors, the Foundation has an endowment that covers its administrative expenses. The V Foundation, which has received nine top four-star ratings from Charity Navigator, awards its research grants through a competitive awards process strictly supervised by a scientific advisory board.

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SURVIVE AND ADVANCE

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SURVIVE AND ADVANCE
Directed by Jonathan Hock

ESPN’s newest 30 for 30 documentary, entitled “Survive and Advance” will premier this Sunday night, March 17th, at 9 pm Eastern on ESPN. In 1983, Jim Valvano, for whom The V Foundation is named, coached the North Carolina State men’s basketball team to an improbable national championship. 10 years later, he lost his life to cancer. Produced by team captain and V Foundation Board member, Dereck Whittenberg, Survive and Advance tells the story of this win, the team that did it, the coach who lost his hard-fought battle with cancer. It is a gripping story of unmatched athletic triumph, and ultimately of love and loss.

The movie will air on ESPN’s channels throughout the rest of March and April. It will also air on Saturday night, April 6th at 4 pm Eastern on ABC. Learn more about the movie here.

$1 Million Grant from V Foundation to Study First Responders’ Cancer

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(L to R) CEO of the V Foundation Susan Braun, President Emeritus of the V Foundation Nicholas Valvano, FDNY Chief Medical Officer Dr. David Prezant, Fire Commissioner Salvatore Cassano, Chief of Department Edward Kilduff and First Deputy Commissioner Don Shacknai.

(L to R) CEO of the V Foundation Susan Braun, President Emeritus of the V Foundation Nicholas Valvano, FDNY Chief Medical Officer Dr. David Prezant, Fire Commissioner Salvatore Cassano, Chief of Department Edward Kilduff and First Deputy Commissioner Don Shacknai.

Members of the FDNY were honored to partner with representatives from the V Foundation for Cancer Research at FDNY Headquarters on March 4 to announce that the Foundation is bestowing a $1 million grant to the Albert Einstein College of Medicine to study early detection of hematological cancers that effect first responders.

“Right now, there are too many of our members fighting this disease,” Fire Commissioner Salvatore Cassano said. “And we know there will be far too many more that will develop cancer from their work, and ultimately, many who may lose their lives. That’s why this grant means so much to every single member of this Department.”

Chief of Department Edward Kilduff added, “This is a terrific organization with one goal, to raise money for cancer research, to help people. So to be selected by them for this grant is very special.”

The FDNY’s medical offices have provided medical care to more than 16,000 FDNY members who worked at the World Trade Center site since 2001. These doctors were the first to recognize respiratory disease in those who worked at the site as well as document a spike in certain cancers occurring in this group.

The V Foundation has funded more than $100 million in cancer research grants nationwide. It awards 100 percent of all direct cash donations and net proceeds of events directly to cancer research and related programs. The Foundation distributes grants through a competitive awards process strictly supervised by a Scientific Advisory Board.

 

Fire Commissioner Salvatore Cassano addresses the group.

Fire Commissioner Salvatore Cassano addresses the group.

The group says they hope the funding of this research will lead to earlier detection of blood-related cancers, resulting in increased survival rates for FDNY members and the public overall.

“This is a great day for the Department,” FDNY Chief Medical Officer Dr. David Prezant said. “Thank you to the V Foundation for their unending commitment to our members.”

At the ceremony, many FDNY members referenced the plaque in the lobby of Headquarters that currently holds the names of 64 FDNY members who have lost their lives due to illnesses, including cancer, that were directly related to their work at the World Trade Center site.

And just feet away from where the ceremony was held is the plaque for Fire Marshal Steve Mosiello, who responded to the World Trade Center tragedy with Chief of Department Peter Ganci. FM Mosiello died from an aggressive form of cancer he developed due to his work at the site.

“We take this battle personally,” Nicholas Valvano, President Emeritus of the V Foundation, said. “There is a need here that just cried out. This is an important project for me, the FDNY and society as a whole.”

The announcement came on the 20th anniversary of the start of the V Foundation.

“This is all about giving back and prevention,” CEO of the V Foundation, Susan Braun said. “This is something that’s close to our hearts. We’re working together to save lives.”

Cancer Research Symposium at the 2012 Wine Celebration

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The V Foundation’s Scientific Advisory Board members presented the most recent cancer breakthroughs and a progress report on V Foundation-funded cancer research.

 The V Foundation has awarded over $115 million in 500+ grants to fund breakthroughs in cancer research. The medical doctors and scientists presenting at the Research Symposium are, without a doubt, the absolute experts in their field, and the V Foundation is thankful for, and honored by, their presence and continuing contributions.

Dr. Robert Bast

 

Dr. Robert Bast, chairman of the Foundation’s Scientific Advisory Board, opened the symposium, which was attended by over 200 people, by announcing the Board’s renewed focus on Translational Clinical Research to facilitate the transition of research projects from the laboratory to the clinic. Translational researchers seek to apply basic knowledge of cancer and bring the benefits of the new basic-level understandings to patients more quickly and efficiently. Dr. Bast is Vice President for Translational Research at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. He is also a founding member of The V Foundation Board of Directors and the Scientific Advisory Board.

Dr. Bast described the three kinds of Research Grants that The V Foundation provides:

  • Designated Grants – 300 in the last 16 years, $100K each, committed to researching new ideas on a specific type of cancer.
  • V Scholar Grants – 100 in the last 16 years, $100K for 2 years to younger researchers with new ideas.
  • Translational Grants – 100 in the last 16 years, $200K for 3 years to innovative researchers who have discovered a cancer breakthrough in the lab, and will now move their solutions from the lab to clinical trials to determine if their solutions are effective on cancer patients.

Dr. Bast then described the results of a V Foundation Translational Grant that was made to find cures for melanoma, a very common skin cancer. Through specialized research that provided deeper understanding about the cells and molecules affected by this cancer, success was measured in 50% of the patients who have had abnormal DNA from a single gene. By combining targeted therapies with new immunotherapies, there has been an 80% success rate and the skin cancer has not returned. There is more research to be done, but the progress in combating melanoma is continuous.

Dr. Bast then introduced Sylvia Plevritis, PhD., Associate Professor, Department of Radiology at Stanford University School of Medicine. Dr. Plevritis, a very senior research professional who has already received multiple grants from the National Institute of Health, described her work in breast cancer computer modeling. She received a Translational Grant from The V Foundation to study genomic therapies and the value of early screening and detection of breast cancer. She and her team have created an on-line Decision Support Tool which is publically available at http://brcatool.stanford.edu/ . This decision support tool is designed for joint use by women with BRCA gene mutations and their health care providers. The goal of this tool is to inform discussion between providers and patients about options for reducing cancer risk. Dr Plevritis also discussed her Systems Biology Research, which is based on a “tsunami of molecular data” available in the public domain, from all of the cancer research that has been carried out, and the challenge of integrating and synthesizing this complex data to inform better outcomes. The specific purpose is: 1) to identify cellular networks of cancer and the drivers of initiation and progression, 2) to identify potential therapeutic targets and mechanisms of action, 3) to identify prognostic and predictive biomarkers, with the ultimate goal of accelerating benefits from the laboratory bench to the patient’s bedside.

Dr Bast then opened the Cancer Symposium to Q & A, after first introducing the entire V Foundation Scientific Advisory Board who were in attendance, to provide specific answers to questions from the attendees. A summary of the discussion is below (see the YouTube videos for the complete discussion):

  • Q. Is pancreatic cancer growing in our society? A. Pancreatic cancer is increasing consistent with the aging population in the US, but there is a lot of new research to combat this cancer.
  • Q. How can cancer be prevented? A. There is no cure for abnormal genetics. People need to understand their genetic history and share that information with health providers who may be able to provide early screening. Diet and metabolism need to be understood, and a healthy lifestyle is important for preventing cancer. Tobacco still causes one third of the cancers today.
  • Q. Is there an increase in brain tumors?  A. There doesn’t appear to be an increase in brain cancer in adults, but there may be an increase in children.
  • Q. How is the National Comprehensive Care Center Database kept current so that the patients who want to do personal research know that they are getting the best information? A. They are very rapidly updated.
  • Q. Are more Cancer Centers using integrated therapies to enhance the wellbeing of patients? A. Yes, there is a lot more being done, but these do not necessarily improve outcomes. However, some of the Chinese medicines have proven useful in curing some forms of cancer.

To view the Cancer Research Symposium in its entirety, visit the V Foundation Wine Celebration’s YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/winecelebration. The V Foundation works with the best and brightest scientists and doctors to fight cancer. Their goal is to use all of the cancer fighting therapies, in combination, to create a personal therapy to respond to the unique cancers that exist.

Good Morning America’s Robin Roberts to Join The V Foundation’s Board of Directors

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Good Morning America’s Robin Roberts to Join The V Foundation’s Board of Directors

May 22, 2012

The V Foundation for Cancer Research, one of the nation’s leading cancer research foundations, is excited to announce that Robin Roberts has been named as the newest member of its Board of Directors. Roberts, a cancer survivor herself, has been co-anchor of ABC’s “Good Morning America” since 2005.

“From standing in the wings following Jim and his inspirational ESPY speech to observing the great work of The Foundation, I am truly honored to serve on the Board,” said Roberts.

Roberts, a graduate of Southeastern Louisiana University, has been a broadcast journalist since 1983. She spent time at local news affiliates throughout the Southeast prior to beginning a fifteen year career with ESPN as a contributor between 1990 and 2005. Subsequently, Roberts took her post at “Good Morning America.” Since joining the show as co-anchor, the broadcast has been awarded three consecutive Emmy Awards for Outstanding Morning Program. In June of 2007, Roberts was diagnosed with breast cancer. She faced her diagnosis with courage and her ensuing battle has been recognized with honors and awards by various organizations throughout the country.

“From our inception, Robin has been a friend and supporter of The V Foundation,” said Nick Valvano, CEO of The V Foundation. “We are thrilled that Jim’s former colleague at ESPN has agreed to join our Board of Directors as we work to defeat this horrible disease.”

The Board of Directors for The V Foundation for Cancer Research was originally established in 1993. The Board is made up of business leaders, award-winning athletes and coaches, distinguished physicians and world-renowned entertainers. Their purpose is to provide governance to insure the sustainability and long-term effectiveness of The V Foundation while upholding its core principles.

“You can hardly imagine how important your contributions are for making cancer a disease of the past.”

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W. Martin Kast, Ph.D.

 In 2003, Dr. W. Martin Kast, professor at the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California, was awarded a Translational Grant to explore a new approach for dendritic cell-based cancer immunotherapy for cervical cancer. In the past eight years, Kast and his team have been focusing on the behavior of the human papilloma virus (HPV), which causes cervical cancer.

Dr. Kast leveraged his 2003 Translational Grant to procure major subsequent funding through two grants from the NIH totaling $2.6 million.  Highly accomplished, Dr. Kast has published more than 250 articles and holds 18 patents.  Most recently, he was named the 2010 Eminent Scientist of the Year by the International Research Promotion Council and 2010 North American Immunologist by the World Scientists Forum.

The V Foundation’s grant has led to major discoveries for Kast’s team, including the identification of the uptake receptor for HPV and an escape-route of HPV from the immune system. Kast explained that the mechanism of immune escape for the virus is the “Achilles’ heel of the virus” and this is now the focal point of his research.  Kast is currently developing a therapeutic vaccine for HPV-induced cervical cancer and is leading the world in research for a cream that can be used for HPV infections.

The V Foundation grant has not only helped Kast generate more funding from the National Institute of Health, but has also allowed him to train his graduate students and post-doctoral fellows, who are currently multiplying his research efforts in their own laboratories.

Kast is passionate about the need for funding in cancer research and is incredibly supportive of The V Foundation.

“Everyone in this life will either be confronted directly or indirectly by cancer,” Kast said. “The direct correlation between funding levels and medical research discoveries really indicates that the more funding you put into [research], the more lives you save. You can hardly imagine how important your contributions are for making cancer a disease of the past.”

Kast is a professor of Molecular Microbiology & Immunology, Obstetrics & Gynecology and Urology. This is his eighth year at the Keck School of Medicine of USC.

“You can hardly imagine how important your contributions are for making cancer a disease of the past.”

 

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