Event attendees also enjoyed a casual gathering on Friday evening with food and wine from 13 local winery and restaurant partners and a performance by rising country music star Honey County. Saturday morning, the V Foundation held two Voices for Victory panels at the Salamander Resort & Spa hosted by NBC Sports’ Terry Gannon and William Nelson, M.D., Ph.D., immediate past chair of the V Foundation’s Scientific Advisory Committee. Gannon hosted the sports panel including Curtis Strange, 17-time PGA TOUR winner and back-to-back U.S. Open Champion, and Jason Wright, president of the Washington Commanders.
Strange and Wright spoke about the importance of sports in bringing people together, and the power of teamwork in cancer research. Dr. Nelson, who is director of the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins, facilitated the scientific panel that included Dr. Ashwani Rajput, Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center, Mohammad Fallahi-Sichani, Ph.D., University of Virginia, and Joseph Landry, Ph.D., VCU Massey Cancer Center. Sichani and Landry are past V Foundation funded scientists, and the panel discussion focused on the work being done to push cancer treatment forward, make it more personalized, and the V Foundation’s unique ability to support young researchers who have new, innovative ideas and are willing to take the risks needed to accelerate Victory Over Cancer®.
Sponsors of the event included mission partners Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins, VCU Massey Cancer Center, and UVA Comprehensive Cancer Center , gold sponsor Stone Tower Winery, wine country sponsor McGuire Woods, Voices for Victory sponsor Washington Speakers Bureau, and bronze sponsors AT&T, Brandito, Constellation Brands, CMG Home Loans, EY, Fortessa Tableware Solutions, Loudoun Economic Development, Transperfect, Visit Loudoun, Visit Virginia, and Wealthspire Advisors.
The V Foundation is one of the nation’s top-rated cancer research charities, receiving 11 consecutive four-star ratings from Charity Navigator., placing it among the top 2% of all charities. For more information on the V Foundation’s signature events or to donate, visit v.org.
About the V Foundation for Cancer Research
The V Foundation for Cancer Research was founded in 1993 by ESPN and the late Jim Valvano, legendary North Carolina State University basketball coach and ESPN commentator. The V Foundation has funded over $310 million in game-changing cancer research grants nationwide through a competitive process strictly supervised by a world-class Scientific Advisory Committee. Because the V Foundation has an endowment to cover administrative expenses, 100% of direct donations is awarded to cancer research and programs. The V team is committed to accelerating Victory Over Cancer®. To learn more, visit v.org.
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