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Jimmy V Golf Classic continues fight vs. cancer

SPECIAL TO ESPN.COM

Aug. 21
I am so excited about Sunday's Jimmy V Golf Classic in Cary, N.C.! I am one of the co-chairmen, along with Duke basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski and ESPN's John Saunders, and this is such a special event.

Jim Valvano would be so proud to know the kind of people this event is attracting. There are so many special individuals and celebrities participating in an effort to raise big-time dollars to beat the dreaded disease, cancer. Fans in attendance will see many superstars of both the sporting and entertainment world.

The V Foundation is doing its best to help find a cure for the dreaded disease of cancer.
Those from the sports world scheduled to attend include: Charles Barkley, Meadowlark Lemon, Olympic gymnast Kerri Strug, Lawrence Taylor, former Duke stars Elton Brand, Bobby Hurley and Christian Laettner, and college hoop coaches Jim Boeheim, Matt Doherty, John Calipari and Tim Welsh.

From the entertainment field, the group scheduled to appear includes: singer Meat Loaf, actor Dominic Chianese from "The Sopranos," Darius Rucker and the rest of Hootie and the Blowfish, plus "Survivor" winner Tina Wesson.

Those are just some of the names, plus a number of your favorites from ESPN, too.

Last year, the weekend netted $1.7 million for the fight against cancer; the weekend's activities include the golf outing and the black-tie affair and auction. It's a great event and I can't wait for it. It has been a genuine honor for me to be a co-chair of this event. You can rest assured the V Foundation is doing its best to create grants for research in the medical field to help find a cure for this dreaded disease.

When Jimmy was courageously waging his battle at the end of his life, he told his friends, "Guys, I want to beat cancer. I may not beat it individually, but we can if you don't forget about me and take a moment to raise dollars through different functions."

Jimmy V would be proud to know of the millions of dollars raised. We hope to do the same or better again this year. The event is a gathering of many people sharing stories and memories of Jimmy V. He was a special person and this is an awesome event.

For more information about obtaining tickets or to make a donation to the Jimmy V Foundation, please call 1-800-4-JIMMYV (on the Web, go to golfclassic.org). Please help us stamp out this dreaded disease.

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