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					                                                                                 Everyone can make a difference!                             Volume: 2009, Issue: April




                             Volunteer
                            Registration
                          to Open in April

 We are finalizing training locations and updating the online volun-           The Jimmy V Celebrity Golf Classic Comes Home
 teer application. Volunteers will be able to sign up the latter half of      We have some very exciting news! The Jimmy V             field of cancer research . Each wine cave will have
 April. The date will be announced via email and posted on the                Celebrity Golf Classic makes its return to Raleigh on    its own menu and wine pairings and will be hosted
 http://www.golfclassic.org web site, so check in often. Positions            August 12 -16, 2009. After two very successful           own menu and wine pairings and will be hosted by
 will be filled first-come, first-served, so log on and complete your         years in Pinehurst, The Classic comes “home” to          University coaches, chancellors, and alumni in an
                                                                              where Jim Valvano’ s dream was conceived to raise        intimate setting. This event is open to the general
 registration as soon as we open the site. Keep watching your e-              funds and awareness for cancer research. With this       public and seating is limited.
 mail for more details.                                                       move The Classic will be revitalized with a new look     Another new addition to our weekend is the Scien-
                                                                              and feel. There will be some familiar events as well     tific Symposium and Exhibition at the Raleigh
                                                                              as some new and exciting events and venues.              Convention Center from 9:30AM to 1PM on Satur-
                                                                              The week kicks off at the Raleigh Marriott City
Join the Jimmy V Celebrity Golf Classic on April 7th at the                   Center with the Jimmy V Reverse Raffle. Only 1000
                                                                                                                                       day, August 15. The purpose of the symposium is
                                                                                                                                       to provide a public forum for a discussion on the
       Whole Foods Market on Kildaire Farm Road                               tickets at $100 each will be available. Each ticket      developments in cancer research being mad in our
                                                                              allows the buyer to attend the Reverse Raffle,           community. The panel will consist of our own
             for their Community 5% Day!                                      where they can enjoy heavy hors d’ouvres and a           Scientific Advisory Board as well as doctors from
                                                                              cash bar while they wait and hope that their num-        this area who have received grant money form the
                                                                              ber is not called. Prizes will be given away             V Foundation. We will also host a variety of ser-
Tell your friends! Bring your neighbors! Do your weekly shopping at           throughout the evening for those whose numbers           vices and industries that represent the needs of
Whole Foods in Cary and help support The V Foundation!                        are pulled. This is a great way to kick off this magi-   those touched by cancer in a free “hands-on”
                                                                              cal weekend.                                             exhibit open to the public.
The Whole Foods Markets are active participants in their communities.
                                                                              Although The Classic will not be played at Pine-         August 15 brings us to the new home of the 4th
They are extremely proud of their community involvement and the rela-         hurst, Pinehurst will still be an important part of      Annual Nike Cup, the Lonnie Poole Golf Course at
tionships that they continue to make each month. This month, join us as       The Classic as ESPN presents the Pre-V for Cancer        NCSU’s Centennial Campus. This Arnold Palmer-
                                                                              Research. This event will take place on August 13-       designed course will bring new challenges to our
we strive to make a difference together by donating 5% of the day’s net       14, 2009. One hundred golfers will participate in a      golfers. For the first time in 16 years, the Jimmy
sales to the Jimmy V Celebrity Golf Classic. Shop at Whole Foods and          Ryder Cup format tournament. These golfers will          V Celebrity Golf Classic, as well as the Nike Cup,
                                                                              be split into two evenly matched teams, who then         will be played on just one course consisting of 18
help raise money for cancer research! We look forward to seeing you           will compete head to head on Pinehurst’s famed           holes. That evening everyone returns to the Ra-
there!                                                                        No. 2 course to claim the ESPN’s Pre-V champion-         leigh Convention Center for this year’s very special
                                                                              ship.                                                    V Gala for Cancer Research. It will be presented
                                                                              On August 14, The Classic will host the Jimmy V          by GlaxoSmithKline with a special tribute to a long
About Whole Foods Market: Our Community 5% Days are one mean-                 Wine & Dine for Cancer Research at the Raleigh           time friend of The V Foundation for Cancer Re-
ingful way we give back to our community. On designated days through-         Convention Center. This evening will be an elegant       search, Kay Yow. This year’s Gala will be held in
                                                                              pairing of excellent wines, gourmet foods, and an        the Grand Ballroom. The evening will include both
out the year a total of 5% of the day's net sales are donated to local non-                                                            silent and live auctions and we will cap off the
                                                                              unprecedented partnership for our cause. Over the
profit organizations. Customers help support our selected organizations       past few years, The V Foundation has been build-         evening with some chart-topping entertainment.
just by shopping on these 5% Days                                             ing collaborations with three of our area’s finest       The V Gala is also open to the public.
                                                                              universities; North Carolina State University            Finally, on August 16, we will return to the Lonnie
                                                                              (NCSU), the University of North Carolina (UNC) at        Poole Golf Course for The 16th Annual Jimmy V
                                                                              Chapel Hill, and Duke University. This event will        Celebrity Golf Classic and the return of the Million
                                                                              have three separate “wine caves” to focus individu-      Dollar Shootout and Putt for Cash. We are very
                                                                              ally on the efforts made by these universities in the    excited with our new venues and events; we hope
                                                                                                                                       that you can join us for this magical weekend.
  Second Annual Jimmy V Volunteer Classic                                                                     Mike Howard honored with 2008 Jimmy V
As the sun’s rays broke the sky line on March 7, 2009 more                                                     Celebrity Golf Classic Volunteer Grant
than one hundred of the best golfers in the country assem-
bled to take on Pinehurst No. 1. They knew that Pinehurst
No. 1 was a course that was going to be truly challenging.                                              The V Foundation for Cancer Research has                Valvano as a coach and motivator. Now,
Originally designed by Leroy Culver in 1898, and then later                                             awarded a scholar grant to Angelique Whitehurst,        Coach V had become a source of strength
redesigned by Donald Ross, this 6,093 par 70 course by                                                  Ph.D., of UNC Lineberger Cancer Center at               and hope, to both of them, during Susan’s
yardage would, at first, appear to be very playable course.                                             University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill,            battle.
However, every hole has Donald Ross’s style written all
                                                                                                        North Carolina for Harnessing Functional Ge-            As Susan’s fight for her life commenced,
over it. From the dome shaped greens, to the some of the                First Place
                                                                                                        nomics to Reveal Cancer Specific Determinants           Mike was dealt another blow when his Dad
wildest drives, and finally, the hilly approach shots. The              David Farley
greens and aprons were replaced in fall of 2007, and they                                               of Mitosis. The grant is the 2008 Jimmy V Celeb-        was diagnosed with lymphoma. Watching
                                                                      Michael Andrade
proved to be very difficult for the 2009 tournament field. This                                         rity Golf Classic Volunteer Grant given in honor        his wife’s struggle, his father’s rapid decline
                                                                       Jason Hornick
year’s tournament was 180 degrees of difference from last               Mike Howard
                                                                                                        of 15-year volunteer Mike Howard. Mike has              and subsequent passing, and Coach Val-
year’s record breaking 40-mile an hour winds and 40 degree                                              served all of his 15 years in the Celebrity Division,   vano’s battle, Mike felt completely sur-
temperature. This year Frank McCann took over making the weather reservations from Anna                 first as a Host, and now as the Celebrity Host          rounded by this disease. He and Susan soon
Jackson, who obviously failed her duties last year. Frank secured a sunny and windless day, with        Manager.
temperatures in the 70’s. However, tournament director Michelle Pavliv deserves the credit for                                                                  joined a local cancer support group. It was
organizing this wonderful weekend.                                                                      Frank McCann, Tournament Executive Director             their first stand at reaching out from this
                                                                                                        said that a great deal of thought goes into choos-      disease, but certainly would not be their last.
                                       Registration began right on time at 11 o’clock; golfers re-
                                       ceived a very generous gift bag that included a Tehama           ing the Volunteer Grant recipient. Frank ex-            Unbeknownst to them, they had just entered
                                       Jimmy V golf shirt, balls, socks, and bracelet. They then had    plained that Mike Howard “was an obvious                a large but tightly knit world. Two of the
                                       the opportunity to purchase mulligans and raffle tickets with    choice, especially considering his extensive length     people they met in this group they would
                                       the proceeds benefiting The V Foundation for Cancer Re-          of service to The Classic, and his personal connec-     meet again as fellow Classic Volunteers – Jeff
                                       search. The tournament began promptly at one o’clock with a      tion to the mission and goals of The Classic.”          and Karen Slack.
                                       shotgun start, with golfers being escorted to their holes. The                                                           By mid 1993, Mike and Susan were given
                                                                                                        During the 2008 Volunteer Party, Mike gave us
                                       Pinehurst Police Department helpfully blocked off Morganton
                                                                                                        some background on his commitment to cancer             cause for celebration as Susan successfully
          Second Place                 Road as the golfers crossed. We all waved to the crowds as
                                      we passed the stopped traffic. The play was very competitive      research and his involvement with the Jimmy V           completed her treatments. When Mike saw
            Clay Jackson                                                                                Celebrity Golf Classic. In 1992, Mike’s wife of six     the postings for Volunteers needed for the
                                      and the day went by with hardly any incidents. There were
             Leo Pavliv               rumors, however that Team Benzick had to go back to the           years, Susan, was diagnosed with cancer. “We            Inaugural Jimmy V Celebrity Golf Classic, he
            Matt Howard               clubhouse to purchase more balls! The course did prove to         were either in complete denial or naïve, but as we      was one of the first in line. “I wanted to give
           Frank McCann               be very challenging with the new greens. One noteworthy           went to the oncology clinic at Duke we didn’t           back – I am sure research contributed to
                                      approach shot was made by Paul Fecteau, who, by the way,          even understand that oncology equaled cancer.           Susan’s recovery and I felt strongly that I
came all the way from Portland, Maine. Paul hit the green for a six foot putt. However, as Paul was     Then reality hit – we were told Susan’s best            wanted to give back to the research commu-
driving to the green the ball began to roll back. As he walked from his cart to the green his team      chances came in the way of some very aggressive         nity that saved my wife’s life.” Susan, her-
found out that they had another 15 yard chip shot. It was a beautiful day, one that Jim Valvano
                                                                                                        and experimental treatments being done only on          self, has worked many of those 15 years by
himself would have appreciated!
                                                                                                        a research trial basis. They would not be available     Mike’s side. She too has volunteered wher-
                                                                                                        to her through conventional treatments, nor             ever and whenever Mike and The Classic
The Jimmy V Celebrity Volunteer Classic concluded with a                                                would they be covered by insurance.”                    needed her, as a Celebrity Host, a cart driver,
banquet at the world-renowned Carolina Inn. The evening                                                                                                         and other positions too many to name .
began with some great videos from this year’s Jimmy V Ce-                                               Both Susan and Mike were afraid, but Susan
lebrity Golf Classic. Jamie Howard, Jim Valvano’s middle                                                                                                        Mike says that he is humbled and deeply
daughter, was our guest speaker. She spoke about her battle
                                                                                                        always believed she would get through it. How-          touched by having the 2008 Volunteer Grant
with cancer and her relationship with her dad. The speech                                               ever, Mike had his doubts and fears about her           given in his honor, but his main message is
was truly inspirational and it rejuvenated the commitment and                                           chances. Mike vividly remembers Susan clutch-           not one of gratitude. “I want people to
spirit of those who were there to support The V Foundation                                              ing a Sports Illustrated in her hands during the        know that what we are doing is important. It
for Cancer Research. It truly was a special weekend and we                Third Place                   progressively difficult and exhausting treat-           does make a difference – it made a difference
hope that even more of you can join us next year.                        Michael Giggey                 ments; the issue was that which told Jimmy V’s          in my life and the lives of my family. We
                                                                         Janice Giggey                  story and his fight against cancer. Both Mike           must continue doing what we can to fund
                                                                         Christy McHug                  and Susan were graduates of North Carolina              research!”
                                                                            Jack Joyce                  State University and had great memories of Jim

				
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