The V Foundation for Cancer Research, a top-rated cancer research charity, is pleased to announce that Team V, the V Foundation’s official endurance training program, raised $577,985 during its participation in the TCS New York City Marathon on November 5. This year marked the 47th anniversary of the TCS New York City Marathon, with 50,766 finishers. Proceeds earned by Team V members will fund premier cancer research nationwide through the V Foundation.
Since 2014, Team V has raised more than $2.25 million for cancer research through runners’ participation in endurance events across the country, including the TCS New York City Marathon, Boston Marathon and Tobacco Road Marathon & Half-Marathon. Once a smaller event confined to Central Park, the TCS New York City Marathon is now a bucket-list race through all five boroughs of the city. Each Team V member made a minimum fundraising commitment of $3,500 in order to participate, with additional options for higher-level fundraising. This year, Team V surpassed its goal of $275,000, a significant contribution to the more than $200 million the Foundation has awarded to cancer research and related programs.
“From the day I began fundraising, this marathon took on a different meaning for me than any other race I had participated in. The sense of the community that grew out of my involvement in Team V and support from my donors was incredible, and it sustained me throughout the long training season and all the way to the finish line,” said Team V member Howard Kra. “Running with Team V was hugely significant both to me and to so many of my donors, and I am grateful to have had the opportunity to raise money for the V Foundation.”
Team V was comprised of 67 members, and it was led by Jack Daly, who raised $217,546. Daly, who has been a member of Team V previously, ran this year in honor of his wife Bonnie. The couple met 52 years ago, and Bonnie passed away earlier this month, just a week after the marathon and after a courageous fight with pancreatic cancer. Other top fundraisers were Kra, who raised $62,975 in honor of two women in his life who battle breast and lung cancer, as well as in memory of a friend who recently lost her life to colon cancer; and from Team Neil, Marshall Silverman, who raised $21,671 and ran with Neil’s shoes over his shoulder to help him finish the race he was never able to run due to passing away from lymphoma.
The V Foundation has proudly awarded more than $200 million for cutting-edge cancer research, 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 and to register for Team V, please visit www.jimmyv.org/teamv.