This week kicked off Jimmy V Week here at ESPN, the annual funding drive for the V Foundation for Cancer Research. To date, the charity has raised over $120 million, with every penny going to cancer research. To help celebrate Jimmy V's life and the week-long charitable effort, we had some major players withing the organization stop by to chat about their work. For all of our other chats, check out our chat archive page.
Hank (Raleigh, NC)
I'm a huge fan of Jim Valvano and his fight against cancer. Do you have any fond memories of him?
Bob Lloyd, chairman, V Foundation
Obviously, Jim and I were college roommates, teammates, we were in the military together. As Jim always proudly said, no one ever bombed Delaware when we were in the National Guard there. The night he asked me to be on the board, we had met with ESPN. There are some humorous memories, some about the Foundation and many memories that college roommates can't tell. Full transcript
What would your brother say about the Foundation's work?
Nick Valvano, V Foundation board member, president emeritus
He would probably say, what is taking you guys so long? I got you started. You can do better. Jimmy always dreamed big. I think he would say that. But I know he would be so thrilled with all of the support and friends that have continued to support the foundation and help us grow. But first he'd take a shot at you. Full transcript
You've worked for a few charities, specifically charities with ties to cancer. What is it about that kind of work that draws you?
Susan Braun, CEO, V Foundation
When I was a young mother, I lost my college roomamate to breast cancer. She had two young children and I was heart broken and decided I needed to do what I could to make a difference in the fight against cancer. I have been trying to fulfill that promise ever since. Full transcript