Cary, NC [October 31, 2017] – The V Foundation for Cancer Research, a top-rated cancer research charity, is excited to announce ABC11 Eyewitness News as a media partner for the inaugural Victory Ride to Cure Cancer on May 19, 2018. The V Foundation is proud to have ABC11 Eyewitness News and its trusted news team as a media partner as the Foundation brings a signature event back to the Triangle. The V Foundation announced the cycling event September 27 at Jimmy V’s Osteria + Bar in downtown Raleigh with anchor Diane Wilson and the ABC11 Eyewitness News team.
“What a team – ABC11, the three outstanding NCI-designated cancer centers in N.C. and the V Foundation,” said Susan Braun, CEO of the V Foundation. “We are grateful to ABC 11 for jumping right in and being a true partner in the Victory Ride and quest to end cancer.”
The Victory Ride will offer participants a scenic ride through Central North Carolina, beginning and ending on NC State University’s Centennial Campus. Five course options provide an opportunity for all ages and experience levels, as participants have the choice of 30-, 60-, or 100-mile routes, as well as a shorter family ride and a virtual ride option. Fundraising minimums are based on distance – 100 miles raising $1,000; 60 miles raising $750; 30 miles raising $500; and the family ride raising $250. All fundraising supports local cancer research at Duke Cancer Institute, UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center and the Wake Forest Baptist Health Comprehensive Cancer Center, as well as breakthrough research across the U.S.
“We are blessed in this region to have some of the nation’s greatest cancer centers and to have the V Foundation supporting their efforts,” said ABC11 President and General Manager Caroline Welch. “Our ABC11 team is proud to join this team and to ride our way towards a cure for cancer.”
The Victory Ride joins the V Foundation’s other signature events, which raise millions of dollars every year and are vital to research funding. These events include the Wine Celebration in Napa Valley, Calif., the Dick Vitale Gala in Sarasota, Fla., and Virginia Vine in Charlottesville, Va. The V Foundation has awarded more than $170 million in cancer research grants. Among the highest-rated nonprofits by Charity Navigator, America’s largest and most-utilized independent evaluator of charities, the V Foundation continues to expand its efforts in the fight against cancer with a strict adherence to sound fiscal management and transparency. The V Foundation has received consistent 4-star ratings by Charity Navigator and is among the top 4% of cancer charities evaluated.
For more information about the Victory Ride to Cure Cancer, please visit www.thevictoryride.org. To become a corporate partner, contact Randy Karsten at [email protected]. Follow the Victory Ride on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram at @TheVictoryRide and through #TheVictoryRide and #MyVictory. For more information on the V Foundation for Cancer Research or to make a donation, please visit www.jimmyv.org.
About the V Foundation for Cancer Research
The V Foundation for Cancer Research was founded in 1993 by ESPN and the late Jim Valvano, legendary North Carolina State basketball coach and ESPN commentator. Since 1993, the Foundation has funded more than $170 million in cancer research grants nationwide. Event proceeds benefit cancer research funded by the V Foundation. The Foundation awards peer-reviewed grants through a competitive awards process strictly supervised by a Scientific Advisory Board. For more information on the V Foundation or to make a donation, please visit www.jimmyv.org.
About ABC11 Eyewitness News
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