Investing in our Future

Investing in our Future: Growth

A few weeks ago I was visiting my best friend and her daughter, who is almost six months old, and towards the end of my visit, we were staring at the little bundle of joy sleeping in her crib. We began whispering about how we couldn’t believe how big she had gotten and can’t she just stay this way forever. My friend assured me that she had worked it out with the doctor that our little girl would stay this size forever, but I just giggled.

Growth- it happens to everyone, every organization and really just about everything. And that is why, for the first blog of this Investing in our Future series, I am going to talk about growth. The V Foundation for Cancer Research is slowly approaching our 20th birthday (a birthday is one day- we are going to celebrate our 20th all YEAR long!) We have grown so much in the past nineteen years, and as we are getting ready to celebrate the big 2-0, we have been reflecting on the amazing things we have accomplished.


We have awarded grants in 38 states and the District of Columbia.

We have awarded more than 500 grants to projects funding all types of cancer research.

We have awarded more than $100 million dollars to cancer research.

As a person enters their twenties, it’s a time of growth, exploration and discovering what you want to do in this world. And The V Foundation is no different.

Since January, we have gone from a staff of 8 to a staff of 16. Over the next five weeks, we will be spotlighting some of the amazing features of our staff. We will have blog posts, pins on our Staff Favorites, a new staff section of the website and more.

Nick Valvano, President Emeritus of The V Foundation said it best, “In order for us to have a larger impact on the fight against cancer, in order to build on the success of the first twenty years, we need to build an organization that will be able to make a larger impact in the fight against cancer.”

I agree. What about you?  Stay tuned for the next part in this blog series, Investing in our Future: Myths about our Staff.

PS- For all the parents out there- my best friend and I will let you know when we find the magic spell that keeps kids- kids!