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Voices for Victory
28 minutes | 10 days ago
Episode 23: A Conversation with Eden Bridgeman
Today, we speak with Eden Bridgeman of the Bridgeman Charitable Group. We discuss the Trifecta Gala and why she believes the V Foundation is the perfect charitable partner, the vision for her newest business ventures with Ebony & Jet magazines, and the importance of women of color being in positions of power. To learn more about the V Foundation or to donate, please visit v.org.
51 minutes | 25 days ago
Episode 22: A Conversation About Virginia Vine
Each year in April, the V Foundation hosts Virginia Vine. The annual signature event highlights Virginia’s wine and their renowned cancer research centers while raising funds for the V Foundation’s mission. Today, we’ll start by speaking to Danielle Lavetan, the V Foundation’s Director of Signature Events, about what we can expect from the event and how you can join. Then, we’ll speak with special guest from both of our Mission Partners: Dr. Jose Trevino, the Surgeon-in-Chief of VCU Massey Cancer Center and Dr. Tom Loughran, Director of UVA Cancer Center. To learn more about Virginia Vine, please visit v.org/get-involved/signature-events/virginia-vine/
27 minutes | a month ago
Episode 21: A Conversation with Jay Bilas
The madness of March is well under way and so today, we bring on ESPN Basketball Analyst and V Foundation Board Member Jay Bilas. One of the brightest and funniest names in sports, Jay is incredibly passionate about cancer research. We talk about why joining the V Foundation board was an easy call, ESPN’s top-to-bottom passion for supporting cancer research, his memory of NC State’s 1983 National Championship run and his pick for who will win it all in this year’s tournament. To learn more about the V Foundation or to donate, visit v.org. *Note: this was recorded prior to the start of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament.
25 minutes | 2 months ago
Episode 20: A Conversation with Ralph Sampson
It’s March and college basketball is once again taking over the national landscape. As we fill out our brackets, we consider who could join the pantheon of Jim Valvano and the ’83 Wolfpack as legends of the NCAA Tournament. With that in mind, we speak with Ralph Sampson, without question one of the greatest college basketball players of all time as a three-time winner of the Naismith Player of the Year Award. Today, we talk to Ralph about his father’s battles with cancer, why he’s become an important part of the V Foundation’s Virginia Vine fundraiser and what he and his teammates really thought about taking on the Cardiac Pack in 1983. To learn more about the V Foundation or to donate, please visit www.v.org.
19 minutes | 2 months ago
Episode 19: A Conversation with Jim Ryan of Constellation Brands
Today, we speak with Jim Ryan, SVP of Constellation Brands. Each year, Constellation Brands rallies a nationwide network of distributors to raise money in support of the V Foundation. The partnership began more than a decade ago and since then they have raised nearly $20 million. We talk about why a partnership with the V Foundation made sense for Constellation, the benefits of partnering with a nonprofit and he continues to motivate his staff with each passing year. Is your company looking for a way to give back? Learn more about the V Foundation at https://www.v.org/collaborators/becoming-a-partner/.
29 minutes | 3 months ago
Episode 18: A Conversation with Dereck Whittenburg
Today, we’re joined by someone who may be more often associated with Jim Valvano than any other public figure: the star of the 1983 National Champion men’s basketball team from NC State, Dereck Whittenburg. Dereck has long been an integral member of the V Foundation team and today we’ll talk about the day he met Jim, the legacy of that 1983 team and why staying involved with the V Foundation has always been so important to him. To learn more about the V Foundation or to get involved or donate, please visit v.org.
32 minutes | 4 months ago
Episode 17: A Conversation with Dr. Bill Nelson
Today, we talk to Dr. Bill Nelson, the director of the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins, V Foundation board member and the chair of the V Foundation’s Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC). We chat with Dr. Nelson about his role with the SAC and how they determine which scientists fit the bill to receive a V Foundation grant. We’ll also talk about how his career led him to this point (including his dashed dreams of being a soccer star ⚽️) and where he sees cancer research headed in the future. Learn more about how our grants are awarded or how you can get involved with the V Foundation at www.v.org.
39 minutes | 5 months ago
Episode 16: A Conversation with Our Supporters
2020 has changed a lot, but one thing it hasn't changed is the urgent need for continued cancer research. Today, we’re speaking with three V Foundation supporters about how their lives have been touched by cancer and why they've chosen to support the V Foundation. First, we’ll talk to Mark Holwerda about the passing of his father and the connection to both research and basketball that led him to support the V Foundation. Then, we’ll speak with Bonnie Amendola who’s long list of people she knew who had passed away from cancer filled nearly three pages. And finally, we find out why cancer survivor Ray Cox was motivated to use his story for good thanks to both Jim Valvano's and Stuart Scott’s memorable ESPY speeches. We are so grateful for all of our supporters and listeners who have joined us this year and we hope you all have a safe and restful holiday season. We look forward to continuing our Voices for Victory journey in 2021. Learn more about how you can get involved with the V Foundation at www.v.org.
33 minutes | 5 months ago
Episode 15: A Conversation with Sage Steele
It’s V Week! Each year, our friends at ESPN shine a spotlight on the V Foundation and encourage their viewers to join them in donating to lifesaving cancer research. This year, there’s a focus on the Stuart Scott Memorial Cancer Research Fund. This fund, established by ESPN and the V Foundation, honors the memory of the unforgettable Stuart Scott. A champion of cancer research, Stu was especially driven to improve outcomes for African Americans and other minorities disproportionately affected by cancer and the fund continues with that mission. Today, we speak to Sage Steele about Stuart. She first met him like most of us, watching on TV. But, when they met at a conference he gave her some helpful advice - not knowing they would go on to be colleagues and great friends. ESPN’s Sage Steele has been a staple at the SportsCenter desk since she arrived in 2007 and joined the V Foundation’s Board of Directors last year. On this episode, we’ll talk about how she met Stuart and how they became such great friends, the legacy he left behind and Sage’s hero - her dad - who has also been diagnosed with cancer.
29 minutes | 6 months ago
A Conversation About BRCA Gene Mutations
Today, we’re focusing on the BRCA gene and how mutations to it can be so impactful. As we continue to learn more about genetics and how that can effect our health, specifically in regards to cancer, BRCA is something you might be hearing more about. But what do we really know about it? We talk to Carole Wegner, PhD, HCLD, and the V Foundation’s SVP of Grants and Research Administration to clear up some misunderstandings about the BRCA gene and to fill us in on how the V Foundation is funding research related to it. Then, we talk with Jennifer Halsey who lost both her mom and aunt to cancer and tested positive for the BRCA gene mutation herself. She tells us about the decisions prompted by that positive test and all she’s gone through following it.
24 minutes | 6 months ago
A Conversation with James Roday Rodriguez
Today our guest is actor and director James Roday Rodriguez. James, who plays Gary, a cancer survivor, on the hit ABC show A Million Little Things, has joined forces with WWE Superstar the Miz to take on a Fantasy Football Challenge this season to raise money for cancer research. We’ll chat about why playing a cancer survivor was an important and personal role for him and how it’s helped him connect with people who’ve gone through a cancer journey themselves. We also discuss his Fantasy Football Partnership with the Miz and why the V Foundation was their charity of choice in that endeavor. (Recorded October 12)
31 minutes | 7 months ago
A Conversation for Breast Cancer Awareness Month
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and today in our conversations we shine a light on those facing the disease and highlight the need for more research. Breast cancer is the most common cancer in the US among women and this year alone there will be 275,000 new cases and 42,000 deaths. In fact, 13% of all women in the US will be diagnosed in their lifetime. Today, we speak to Jen Eaton and Kati Masters, two women both taking on breast cancer. Both had their lives turned upside down when they heard the words “you have breast cancer.”
33 minutes | 7 months ago
A Conversation with the Miz
Today, we speak with WWE Superstar the Miz. Through Connor's Cure, WWE raises money and awareness to support pediatric cancer research that is funded through the V Foundation's grant-making process. The Miz has been a WWE Superstar for over a decade and is a former WWE champion. We chat about why Connor's Cure is such an important initiative to WWE, how he has joined forces with a well known actor to support it and his unbelievable path to becoming a WWE and television star.
40 minutes | 8 months ago
A Conversation About Pediatric Cancer Awareness Month
September is Pediatric Cancer Awareness Month and the V Foundation is committed to supporting breakthrough cancer research that can save more young lives. In this episode, we chat with three people who have had their lives changed by pediatric cancer: Angela Dilts, Scott Viands and Mikari Tarpley.
24 minutes | 8 months ago
A Conversation with Dick Vitale
Today, we speak with legendary ESPN broadcaster Dick Vitale. A V Foundation board member, Dick has spearheaded many initiatives to raise funds specifically for pediatric cancer research. Through a fund named for Dick, the V Foundation's awarded nearly $50 million in research grants. We talk about what it was like to be on stage with Jim Valvano during his famous ESPYs speech, why pediatric research became a focus for him and how his Dick Vitale Gala will look a little different in 2020.
31 minutes | 9 months ago
A Conversation About The Victory Ride
Originally scheduled for mid-May, the third annual Victory Ride to Cure Cancer presented by Braswell Family Farms will take place throughout August as a personalized experience. To learn more about this year's event, we'll speak with Emily Clay, the V Foundation's Community Events Coordinator. Then, we'll hear from Trey Braswell, President of presenting partner Braswell Family Farms on how they are engaging. Finally, we'll talk to Victory Ride participant Chad Tucker about his motivations for riding. Learn more at thevictoryride.org/myvictory
28 minutes | 10 months ago
A Conversation with Marc Silverman
Today, we speak with Marc Silverman. Marc is the cohost of Waddle & Silvy on ESPN Radio’s WMVP 1000 AM in Chicago. For years, Marc was a supporter of the V Foundation, raising money and awareness through his show each year around the ESPYS. It became more personal for him this year, when he was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma for which he is undergoing treatment. We talk about the emotions of his diagnosis, why he chose to make his cancer journey public and how being a cancer patient during the COVID-19 pandemic adds an additional layer of stress.
46 minutes | 10 months ago
A Conversation with Scott Hamilton
Today, our guest is Scott Hamilton. Scott is an Olympic Gold Medal-winning figure skater, accomplished author and a three-time cancer survivor. Scott’s story is incredibly inspiring, and today we chat with him about how the trials and tribulations from early in his life helped power him through his cancer diagnoses later on. We also discuss his work as an outspoken activist supporting cancer research, and how focusing on the positive can get you through some dark times.
19 minutes | a year ago
A Conversation with Kevin Durant
After the death of his beloved Aunt Pearl when he was just a child, Kevin Durant has made it his mission to make sure she was never forgotten. Throughout his career, he has worked tirelessly to support fundraising and awareness for cancer research, most notably through his Nike “Aunt Pearl” sneakers. Today, we chat with Kevin about why Aunt Pearl left such a lasting impression on him, why supporting cancer research and other charitable causes has been such a big part of his professional life, and how his close relationship with his Mom has shaped who he is today.
25 minutes | a year ago
A Conversation with Cam Heyward
Today, our guest is Pittsburgh Steelers star defensive lineman Cam Heyward. Cam is a three-time Pro Bowler and has twice been selected as a first-team All Pro. His Dad, ‘IronHead’ Craig Heyward, was also a Pro Bowler in his 11-year NFL career. Unfortunately, Craig was diagnosed with cancer that ended his career at age 32. He eventually passed away at just 39 years old. Today, we chat with Cam about growing up with a Dad in the NFL, advice he’d give to anyone else with a parent going through cancer, and how his Dad’s passing motivated him to give back.
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