Jimmy V Week for Cancer Research sets fundraising high with $1.6 million raised
BRISTOL, Conn. -- ESPN says the sixth annual Jimmy V Week for Cancer Research has set a fundraising record by generating nearly $1.6 million in contributions.
The previous record was $1.3 million in 2011. In six years, Jimmy V Week has generated $6.8 million for The V Foundation for Cancer Research, ESPN announced Thursday.
This season's Jimmy V Week - from Nov. 27 to Dec. 4 - featured a simulcast of Jim Valvano's speech at the 1993 ESPYS.
The V Foundation for Cancer Research was founded in 1993 by ESPN and the late Jim Valvano, who coached North Carolina State to the 1983 national championship and later became a popular commentator with ESPN.
Since 1993, The V Foundation has awarded more than $100 million to fund cancer research grants nationwide.