Our Story

The V Foundation for Cancer Research was founded by ESPN and legendary basketball coach Jim Valvano with one goal in mind: to achieve Victory Over Cancer®.

Since its formation in 1993, the V Foundation has awarded nearly $290 million in cancer research grants nationwide and has grown to become one of the premier supporters of cutting-edge cancer research. 100% of direct donations go right to cancer research, one of the reasons the V Foundation is ranked in the top 2% of all charities evaluated by Charity Navigator.


I’m so grateful my dad looked past his prognosis and diagnosis and said, no, I think that lives can be saved and I’m one of them.

Jamie Valvano

Your Dollars At Work

V-funded Researcher Aedel Chaudhuri, MD, Ph.D.

V-funded Researcher Melody Smith, MD, MS

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Your stories are an inspiration to us, and we thank you for sharing yours.

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