“My brother envisioned a lasting cancer research foundation. We are humbled by the generosity of his friends who have offered their time and talents and introduced us to their friends, to continue the Friends of V and enlarge our Foundation Family.”
- Nick Valvano, The V Foundation CEO.
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In early December, when the pain grew so fierce he had to call off a weekend of studio work for ESPN, Jimmy had a local shop print up 1,000 small cards. He had hundreds of people across the country calling him, writing him, encouraging him, but he needed more, VICTORIES it said on each card. “Valvano’s Incredible Cancer Team of Really Important Extraordinary Stars.”
“See?” he said. “I’m going to make a team. . .My own team–everybody can join. This is it, baby, my ultimate pregame talk. I need this one, gotta have it. Gotta have so many people calling my answering machine each day that they can’t get through. Gotta have people all over the country opening their windows and shouting it out: “JIMMY VEEEEEE! DON’T GIVE UP!’“
Technology Can Help Us Reach Millions
Since its inception over 20 years ago, The V Foundation has raised over $140 million for cancer research. But it is not enough! Julie Constantin recognized the benefits of social networking and its ability to unite people behind a common cause. Social networking can be used to spread the V message far and wide.
“Getting someone to write a check for $100,000 is huge, but very few people can do that. Getting 100,000 people to donate $10 or $20 a month enables everyone to play a direct role in finding cures for cancer. Being a part of the V Team has been so rewarding as it has allowed me to fight back against a disease that has taken so much from my life. Everyone should have the opportunity to be a part of that team.”
Enlisting friends and colleagues to visit Facebook pages and follow stories on YouTube, Twitter and Bazaarvoice and then share with family and friends will help us spread the word about our cause.
Constantin and her V Team are ramping up to employ every viral resource they can get their hands on. And it’s working! As of July 2012 we raised over $90,000 online for cancer research!
The V Foundation takes great pride in its fiscal responsibility and is proud to announce that it gives 100 percent of all new direct cash donations to cancer research and related programs. Recognized for its prudent fiscal management, The V Foundation has earned a top four-star rating from Charity Navigator, America’s largest charity evaluator, for a nineth consecutive rating. Receiving a top rating from Charity Navigator indicates that The V Foundation has outperformed most of its peers in its efforts to manage and grow its finances.