After being diagnosed with cancer at the young age of 46, Jim Valvano dreamed of finding cures for cancer. Passionate and committed, he wanted to see his fight through to victory. As a former coach, he began to recruit his team of family and friends to lead The Foundation in his quest to eradicate the disease. As a cancer patient, he recognized the need to invest in young physicians and scientists to help establish their careers. Addressing the need to help early-career cancer investigators develop into promising research talents was the first goal of the Foundation. The “V Scholar” concept was developed in 1994 to address that need. Today, this highly respected award is eagerly sought by young physicians and scientists at the nation’s leading cancer centers.
The V Foundation has awarded more than $130 million to more than 120 facilities nationwide and awards 100% of direct cash donations to cancer research and related programs. The Foundation has a strong presence in the scientific community, and it is guided by an elite, all-volunteer Scientific Advisory Committee, that recommends the research projects funded. The Committee is comprised of top physicians and research scientists from prominent universities and cancer centers throughout the country.