CARY, N.C., July 19, 2018 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- The V Foundation for Cancer Research, a top-rated cancer research charity,
"Just as Jim Valvano would have wanted, we have made amazing strides in cancer research – the wonderful science funded by the V Foundation is helping to create millions of survivors," said Robin Roberts. "But for those survivors, it is a long journey and our health will always be at the forefront of our minds. As the number of survivors grow, it's time to take a look at how the rest of our lives will be lived. We want to give every survivor the best chance at a long, full, happy and healthy life. I'm so pleased to be a part of this new initiative."
As research has led to improvements in treatments, there are more cancer survivors than ever. Today, there are more than 16 million U.S. cancer survivors and this number is expected to grow to 20 million by 2026. Survivors face chronic health conditions, cancer recurrence and more life-altering circumstances. The Robin Roberts Cancer Survivorship Fund will focus on biomedical cancer research areas with particular relevance to survivors including pediatrics, immuno-oncology and data science research focused on improving survivors' outcomes.
"Research to better understand how to improve the health and extend the lives of cancer survivors is critical to fully eradicating cancer," said Braun. "The V Foundation is embarking on this new initiative to expand the ways that we can change the face of cancer forever."
Roberts has been a longtime friend and supporter of the V Foundation and was a colleague of Jim Valvano's at ESPN, prior to joining "Good Morning America." In 2007, Roberts was diagnosed with breast cancer. Her ensuing battle has been recognized with honors and awards by various organizations throughout the country. She inspired so many as she bravely shared her personal battle with the rare blood disorder myelodysplastic syndrome, or MDS, shortly after breast cancer. Roberts speaks openly about the importance of early detection, increasing treatment options available and support. She is an inspiration and role model for those battling cancer, as well as survivors facing continued challenges. Roberts announced the formation of the Robin Roberts Cancer Survivorship Fund on December 4, 2017 at a party in her honor at Blue Smoke in New York.
The V Foundation has proudly awarded more than $200 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 4% of cancer charities of all charities evaluated. The V Foundation is a GuideStar platinum-rated charity.
For more information about the V Foundation, please visit http://www.jimmyv.org. Please visit http://www.jimmyv.org/RobinRoberts to contribute to the Robin Roberts Fund for Cancer Survivorship Research.
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. Since 1993, the Foundation has funded more than $200 million in cancer research grants nationwide. The V Foundation awards 100 percent of direct donations to cancer research and programs. The V Foundation's endowment covers administrative expenses. 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 http://www.jimmyv.org.
SOURCE V Foundation for Cancer Research
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