Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Don't Give Up. Don't Ever Give Up.

Jim Valvano was diagnosed with metastatic bone cancer in June of 1992, almost ten years after his 1983 North Carolina State University Wolfpack basketball team shocked the sports world in overcoming incredible odds to win the NCAA tournament.

Less than a year later at the inaugural ESPY awards, Valvano was on stage receiving the Arthur Ashe Courage and Humanitarian Award when he announced the creation of the "V Foundation", an organization dedicated to finding a cure for cancer. It was one of the most heartfelt and inspirational speeches I've ever heard. I still get chills when I hear Jimmy V utter the words, "Don't give up. Don't ever give up."

Today is the day ESPN is doing their annual Jimmy V Foundation auction to raise money for cancer research. In honor of that, here is the clip of Jim Valvano's famous speech in 1993.

If you feel moved and want to donate, you can call 1-800-4-JIMMY-V.

If you don't, just be sure to take some time out of your day to laugh, think and cry. And don't ever give up.


At 3:38 PM, July 16, 2008, Anonymous mrs. sizemore said...

I love this speech.


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