The V Foundation for Cancer Research is successful thanks to the contributions of many – donors, corporate partners, our incredible Board and Scientific Advisory Committee and the amazing researchers to whom we award grants. With “In Their Own Words,” we sit down with key members of our team to learn more about their commitment to the V Foundation and their personal desire to put an end to cancer. In this edition, we chat with World Series champion Washington Nationals shortstop Trea Turner.
The V Foundation: How has cancer affected you personally?
Trea Turner: Cancer has affected both of our families. Kristen and I have seen loved ones battle with cancer, and we know the feelings of helplessness and frustration it brings to everyone involved. We have been moved by our own experiences to help the efforts to find a cure to this terrible disease.
The V Foundation: What made you decide that you wanted to support pediatric cancer research specifically?
Trea Turner: Kristen and I attended NC State University, where the legendary Jim Valvano coached. We knew of his story and the difference he made in the battle with cancer. We have wanted to give back and make a difference as well. We love kids and thought we could make the biggest impact in support of the fight against pediatric cancer.
The V Foundation: How has Jim’s legacy inspired you (and other members of the NC State community) to support cancer research?
Trea Turner: He is a huge part of the reason we got involved. He is a great example of perseverance and positivity. We loved his message of never giving up, and we feel a strong connection with him through the NC State community.
The V Foundation: You encouraged fans to join in on your efforts in raising money for research via Pledge It last season. Why was it so important for you to give fans the chance to join you in supporting research?
Trea Turner: I think when you can have a group of people get behind a great cause and all pull in the same direction great things can happen. One person can make an incredible difference, but with the addition of each individual, the possibilities are endless. We wanted to give the pediatric cancer community a cause to get behind so that we are in this together, just like sharing in the journey of a baseball season.
The V Foundation: How has your life changed after winning the World Series in 2019?
Trea Turner: Honestly, my life hasn’t changed much. Other than the fact that I have a beautiful World Series ring that I’ll always love, along with the greatest memories with an unbelievable group of guys that I’ll never forget!
The V Foundation: What would Victory Over Cancer® look like to you?
Trea Turner: Victory over cancer to me would look like freedom – free from suffering, free from pain, free from seeing someone with so much life in front of them gone.