Cullen Taniguchi with the TrueBeam in Radiation Oncology

Making Cancer Research a Team Effort

As an NCAA Championship coach, Jim Valvano would have told you that in basketball, timing counts. He would have said teamwork is essential. And above all, he would have declared that you better have a passion for the game.

As a coach, his players heeded his play calls, and they won games. As his fans, we heard his call to action, and we, too, aim for victory. Jim and ESPN co-founded the V Foundation for Cancer Research in 1993, and their vision was to fund extraordinary cancer research. He urged: “Don’t Give Up . . . Don’t Ever Give Up!”®

Almost 25 years later, the V Foundation has awarded more than $170 million to fund the very best research nationwide. There are more cancer survivors than ever before – nearly 15.5 million in the U.S. alone. We are moving in the right direction.

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This article was originally published by Forbes as part of their Forbes@100 series.