Their money and their dollars and they’re helping me—we are starting the Jimmy V Foundation for Cancer Research. And its motto is, “Don’t give up . . . don’t ever give up.” And that’s what I’m going to try to do every minute that I have left. I will thank God for the day and the moment I have.
The Italian that he was, he says , ‘What a typical WASP. It means ‘Go to Naples’ as in go to hell. ‘” Bob Lloyd, former Rutgers teammate and co-captain and board chairman emeritus of the Jimmy V Foundation for Cancer Research: “The speech, he wrote it all himself.
Asked how he finds strength to carry on, an emotional Valvano said his vigor comes from the three things he does every day : laugh, think, and cry. “To me, there are three things we all should do every day . We should do this every day of our lives.
Death . Valvano died at age 47 on April 28, 1993, less than two months after his famous ESPY speech , following a nearly yearlong battle with metastatic cancer.
Jim is most often remembered for being head coach at NC State University from 1980–1990. He led the Wolfpack in one of the greatest Cinderella stories in college basketball history, culminating as winners of the 1983 NCAA Championship.
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Jimmy Valvano famously gave his “don’t give up, don’t ever give up” speech at the 1993 ESPYs. He died of cancer at age 47, less than two months later.
In 2005, at age 33, Jamie Valvano was diagnosed with breast cancer. Jim Valvano had metastatic adenocarcinoma , which was discovered in his spine and later spread to his hips, legs and back.
A FANABLA : ‘go to hell’ Ok, so strictly speaking it’s not Italian . It’s short for “va fa Napoli” – go to Naples – which is either a sick burn on the city of the sun or a massive compliment: as the saying goes, “see Naples and die”.
An ESPY Award (short for Excellence in Sports Performance Yearly Award) is an accolade currently presented by the American broadcast television network ABC, and previously ESPN (as of the 2017 ESPY Awards the latter still airs them in the form of replays), to recognize individual and team athletic achievement and other