Dick Vitale’s voice may make my ears bleed, but I gotta admit, he has a pretty great heart.
Last night, The V Foundation held their annual Dick Vitale Gala for Pediatric Cancer Research. Dick and his wife Lorraine host the event along with help from notable people like Bob Huggins and Brian Kelly. Huggins, who lost his mother to colon cancer, is a regular at the annual gala.
– The V Foundation (@TheVFoundation) May 13, 2017
Dick Vitale invited some of the kids from what he calls his “courageous team” to spend the night with him at the Gala.
– Dick Vitale (@DickieV) May 12, 2017
These children might be battling cancer, but that isn’t stopping them from also helping others. Talk about inspirational. Here’s a story from Sarasota’s Herald-Tribune:
Nineteen-year-old cancer survivor Jake Taraska started his own foundation. Last year he raised more than $50,000. This year he presented Vitale a check for $8,000.
Sadie Keller did more than any 10-year-old would be expected. Diagnosed with leukemia in 2015, the Dallas native began making videos to help younger cancer patients know what to expect.
“So other kids wouldn’t be so afraid,” she said.
The videos were posted on YouTube. ESPN saw the videos and asked Sadie’s mother, Sarah, if they could be used during the network’s Jimmy V Week for Cancer Research fundraising drive.
That wasn’t all. Later in 2015, Sadie began her own toy drive. “She was afraid Santa Claus wouldn’t be able to find the kids who were in the hospitals,” Sarah said.
Created to honor famous NC State Coach Jim Valvano, The V Foundation has raised over $170 million since 1993 with help from big time sports anchors like Dickie V, Coach K, and Robin Roberts.