GivingTuesday: Achieve Victory Over Cancer

Jim Valvano was the basketball coach of NC State University who led the team to win the ’83 NCAA Championship. After being diagnosed with cancer, he helped to establish the V Foundation with one goal in mind: to achieve victory over cancer. Since 1993, V Foundation has funded more than $250 million in cancer research grants.

Valvano spoke at the ESPN Espy awards less than a month before he passed in 1993. This powerful speech transcends sports and focuses on resilience. It reminds us to reflect on where you started, where you are, and where you’re going to be.

“Jim Valvano’s impact goes far beyond his time as an athlete, coach, and sports broadcaster. He was an inspiration whose legacy reminds us to be resilient in leading a life full of laughter and love. His organization, V Foundation, brings hope to people living with cancer and their families,” says Derek.

While living in Raleigh, Derek volunteered at the annual golf tournament, among other events. Visit the V Foundation’s events and giving pages to learn more about how you can get involved.

This post is part of a series that highlights the non-profit organizations that members of our team support. Read more about's GivingTuesday initiative.