Jim "Jimmy V" Valvano was a hell of a college basketball coach who was an unfortunate victim of cancer. He started a wonderful charity about 8 weeks before he died in conjunction with ESPN called "The Jimmy V Foundation" to work towards a cure for cancer. He won the Arthur Ashe Courage & Humatarian Award at the first ever ESPN Espy Awards in 1993, and he announced the formation of this charity and gave what has gone on to be known "The Speech", which in my opinion is one of the greatest of all time. Here it is:
This week is Jimmy V Week, and they need your help to raise money to fight cancer. This is the season for giving, and this is truly one of the greatest organizations a person that wants to contribute funds to fight such a deadly disease can give to. 100% of the money donated goes to cancer research, as all commercial expenses of the foundation are paid for by ESPN. For now you can click here to make a donation online, and we will be getting a widget up as soon as possible (we are awaiting the HTML code from the V Foundation as we speak!). Give to a good cause. I lost my beautiful sister Oona 8 & 1/2 years ago to this terrible disease, and I miss her everyday. While I know I have to live without her, supporting a charity like this seems to help with the pain. If you have lost someone to cancer, please leave a comment below showing them some love. I miss you Oona... and I always will. Thanks Jimmy V, for being you. You are an inspiration to us all!!!