The V Foundation

The V Foundation for Cancer Research was founded by ESPN and legendary basketball coach Jim Valvano with one goal in mind: to accelerate Victory Over Cancer® and save lives by funding game-changing research and all-star scientists. Since its formation in 1993, the V Foundation has awarded more than $250 million in cancer research grants nationwide and is a premier supporter of cutting-edge cancer research.

Our all-star scientists are learning things like how to diagnose cancer earlier and how to keep patients healthier during treatments. As Jim Valvano said,

“We need your help. I need your help. We need money for research. It may not save my life. It may save my children’s lives. It may save someone you love.”

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Where your money goes

Thanks to an endowment funded by generous donors, 100% of rider-raised funds benefit cancer research and programs. This means not one single cent of your donation goes to operating expenses. Period.

The Victory Ride to Cure Cancer presented by Braswell Family Farms benefits Duke Cancer Institute, UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center and the Wake Forest Baptist Health Comprehensive Cancer Center, as well as nationwide research centers. Our Scientific Advisory Committee selects grant recipients through a highly competitive process. To learn more about our grants, visit

 The money you raise will:

  • Help scientists develop better screening tools to aid prevention and detect cancer earlier
  • Lead to gentler therapies that zero in on the disease with less debilitating side effects
  • Give the precious gift of more time to patients and their families