September 6th, 2013
Blogging live from Seoul, South Korea, he plans on posting a new entry every 30 minutes for 24 hours. And here is his challenge: None of the posts will be pre-written. He will just be armed with a whole bunch of idea. During the event, he is asking his readers to help out by donating to The V Foundation. Every single dollar that is donated will go to the foundation. You can donate here. For every $1 donated, an entry will be placed in a pool to win some great prizes.
And, the day after the Blogathon, Baseball de World will have guest posts from many baseball writers, players, and personalities about their favorite baseball memories. Boston Red Thoughts is proud to be part of this event by sharing baseball memories as well.
Why a charity Blogathon you ask? After reading about a similar event on Old Time Family Baseball, Eric thought it would be a great way to honor his friend (and fellow sports fan) Sean, who recently passed away after a brave battle with cancer.
About the V Foundation: After being diagnosed with cancer at the young age of 46, Jim Valvano dreamed of finding cures for cancer. Passionate and committed, he wanted to see his fight through to victory. As a former coach, he began to recruit his team of family and friends to lead the Foundation in his quest to eradicate the disease.
As a cancer patient, Jim recognized the need to invest in young physician/scientists to help establish their careers—after all, someone had invested in him early in his career! Addressing the need to help early-career cancer investigators develop into promising future research talents was the first goal of the Foundation. The V Scholar concept was developed in 1994 to address that need. Today, this highly respected award is eagerly sought by young physician/scientists at the nation’s leading cancer centers.
As with any patient, Jim discovered first-hand how slowly science progresses from the lab to the patient’s bedside. He wanted faster solutions, more progress and better answers. Eight years after his death, The V Foundation announced its Translational Research Grants, designed to accelerate laboratory findings with the goal of benefiting patients more quickly.
Although Jim lost his battle with cancer less than two months after delivering the ESPY speech, his dream of a cure lives on through research grants bestowed in his name. The V Foundation has awarded more than $100 million to more than 100 facilities nationwide and proudly awards 100% of direct donations and net event proceeds to cancer research.
A relatively young organization, The V Foundation has a strong presence in the scientific community. The Foundation is guided by an elite, all-volunteer Scientific Advisory Board who recommends the research projects funded. This Board is comprised of top physicians and research scientists from prominent universities and cancer centers throughout the country. Working with this team of talented professionals, we are proud to carry out Jim’s vision for the future.
Jim’s dream of finding a cure for cancer is one shared by millions. Although we have not yet achieved this goal, every day we get a little bit closer and will continue to honor his inspiring words, “Don’t Give Up . . . Don’t Ever Give Up!” ®