Cary, NC [January 30, 2019] – The V Foundation for Cancer Research, a top-rated cancer research charity, is pleased to announce CBS 17, iHeartMedia-Raleigh and Spectrum News are joining as media partners for the second annual Victory Ride to Cure Cancer on May 18. The V Foundation is excited to welcome these media partners to help achieve Victory Over Cancer®. 

“What a team – the V Foundation, iHeartMedia-Raleigh, CBS 17, Spectrum News and the three outstanding NCI-designated cancer centers in N.C.,” said Susan Braun, CEO of the V Foundation. “This event is growing, and we are excited to team up for the Victory Ride. Working together is the key to achieving Victory Over Cancer®.” 

The Victory Ride will offer participants a scenic ride through Central North Carolina, beginning and ending on NC State University’s Centennial Campus. This year, the V Foundation announced a 10-mile route option and released new routes for the 30-, 60- and 100-mile options. All participants are asked to fundraise $250. One hundred percent of rider-raised funds benefits cancer research and supports local 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 proud to partner with the V Foundation and help illuminate this important effort,” said Byron Grandy, General Manager of CBS 17. “At CBS 17 Local News Matters. The Victory Ride to Cure Cancer is local news in so many ways. In the commitment of the local riders in our local community, in the support of the volunteers working to realize the goal, and the absolute dedication of the V Foundation and their mission to fund the research and treatment of cancer here in our community.” 

In addition to the new routes, the Victory Ride spectator area will have a kids bicycle obstacle course. The Victory Ride offers a virtual ride option for those who prefer a stationary bike or cannot make it out on ride day. The V Foundation and partners will host training rides. 

“There is no greater honor as a broadcaster than to support noble causes that directly benefit the communities we serve. The V Foundation has set a standard of excellence known around the world. So cool to be able to do something so good in our backyard that will ultimately help millions of people,” said Alan Kirshbom, Market President at iHeartMedia-Raleigh. “I invite everyone in the Triangle to dust off their bikes, invite their friends, and come out for the Victory Ride!” 

Last year, riders raised more than $200,000 for cancer research in North Carolina. The V Foundation’s signature events raise millions of dollars every year and are vital to funding research. These events include the Wine Celebration, the Dick Vitale Gala, Virginia Vine and the Victory Ride. The V Foundation has proudly awarded more than $225 million for cutting-edge cancer research. The V Foundation holds a 4-star (highest) rating from Charity Navigator, America’s largest evaluator of charities, and is among the top 3% of all charities evaluated. The V Foundation is a GuideStar platinum-rated charity. 

For more information about the Victory Ride to Cure Cancer, please visit Follow the Victory Ride on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram via @TheVictoryRide and #TheVictoryRide. 

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 University basketball coach and ESPN commentator. The Foundation has funded more than $225 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 Committee. For more information on the V Foundation or to make a donation, please visit

About CBS 17 

WNCN/CBS17 is a Nexstar Media television station. Nexstar Media Group purchased WNCN-TV/CBS 17, a CBS affiliate, as part of the acquisition of Media General. WNCN-TV/CBS 17 serves 23 counties in the central part of North Carolina from its studios in Raleigh. The station first signed on in 1988 as an independent station. In the fall of 1995, the station became the market’s NBC affiliate. In 1996 NBC Network purchased WNCN-TV and operated the station until it was acquired by Media General in 2006. In recent years the station has received numerous awards including four Edward R. Murrow Awards and ten Regional Emmy Awards. On February 29, 2016, the station switched affiliations and became CBS North Carolina, bringing “America’s Most Watched Network” to viewers. 

About iHeartMedia, Inc. 

iHeartMedia, Inc. (PINK: IHRT) is one of the leading global media and entertainment companies specializing in radio, digital, outdoor, mobile, live events, social and on-demand entertainment and information services for local communities and providing premier opportunities for advertisers. For more company information, visit

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