Los Angeles, CA - July 13, 2016 - Microsoft Theatre: Craig Sager during The ESPYS Presented by Capital One (Photo by Joe Faraoni/ESPN Images)

From Prostatectomy to the ESPYS

When David Cobb won the PlayStation Heroes contest last year, it earned him a trip to the 2015 ESPY Awards, and there was no doubt in his mind who his guest would be.David Cobb and Father

“My Dad and I both have a love of sports, so getting to experience the ESPYS with him was really great. Going on the trip and meeting all the athletes was something that we will talk about forever.”

David said he had hoped to have special experiences like this after his father was diagnosed with prostate cancer in June 2002.

Fortunately, after a radical prostatectomy (a procedure that removes the all or part of the prostate gland) and being closely monitored by a urologist for several years, his father has shown no further signs of cancer.

“It’s crazy how something can happen in your life that really opens your eyes to things you may not know about. Cancer research is so important because without it my dad might not be here today with me. People may not realize how important it is until a family member or loved one has cancer.”

While David’s father battling cancer led to his realization of the importance of cancer research, it wasn’t until his ESPYS trip in 2015 that he discovered the scope of the work being done by The V Foundation.

“I had been watching the ESPYS for many years, so I had some basic knowledge of The V Foundation before attending last year. What I learned while I was there was the scale of their work and the amazing funding of cancer research they support. After learning about the Foundation more, I’m now amazed and inspired when I read about how much money The V Foundation has awarded in grants for a wide range of cancer research.”

After attending the ESPYS, David became a supporter of The V Foundation, and he said hopes his experience with his father can help others get through the tough emotional times that accompany a cancer diagnosis.

“I’d just hope people know that they are not alone. Chances are that someone you know has had cancer touch their life, and the best thing to do is talk about it. Giving your support and helping someone go through a battle with cancer can be exhausting, but there are people out there that know what you are going through.”