Born of a legendary coach's determination to find cures for cancer, a North Carolina foundation helps fund the cancer research of eleven MGH investigators.
Cancer researcher Mohammad Motamedi, PhD, received the V Foundation's most recent award to Mass General.
Mass General cancer researcher Mo Motamedi, PhD, received funding from The V Foundation in 2012.

Guided by the words of their founding father, “Don’t Give Up . . . Don’t Ever Give Up!” staff and leadership at The V Foundation for Cancer Research are joining forces with the leading cancer centers across the United States, including Massachusetts General Hospital, to stop cancer. The V Foundation was born out of a partnership between ESPN and Jim Valvano, the beloved former head basketball coach of North Carolina State University and sports broadcaster.  After being diagnosed with cancer at the young age of 46, the coach was committed to finding a cure. Part of this battle, Mr. Valvano realized, was helping promising young physicians and scientists establish their careers.

In 1994, one year after The V Foundation was established, the organization set out to specifically address this first and main goal with The V Scholar Award. The concept was developed to support early-career cancer investigators. Today, countless young physicians and scientists at leading cancer centers across the country seek out this highly respected award.

A Strong Scientific Presence

Although Mr. Valvano lost his courageous fight shortly after The V Foundation was established, his legacy lives on. The V Foundation has awarded over $130 million to more than 120 facilities nationwide and has a strong presence in the scientific community, guided by an elite, all-volunteer Scientific Advisory Board that is comprised of top physicians and research scientists.

Since 2004, The V Foundation has made gifts to eleven MGH investigators, totaling more than $2.2 million in cancer research funding.

Since 2004, The V Foundation has made gifts to eleven MGH investigators, totaling more than $2.2 million in cancer research funding. “The V Foundation is delighted to award grants to outstanding scientists and research projects around the country,” says Susan Braun, CEO of The V Foundation. “Grantees at MGH were selected in a competitive, peer-review process. We are delighted with their progress and contributions toward putting an end to cancer.”

It is meaningful that a 2012 V Scholar Award recipient was Mo Motamedi, PhD. Dr. Motamedi also was honored at Mass General’s the one hundred in 2012 in recognition of his innovative research in epigenetics — the study of heritable changes in gene activity which are not caused by changes in the DNA sequence — and his dedication to his mother, for whom he cared after her cancer diagnosis, taking a one year break from his scientific career. Recently, The V Foundation extended Dr. Motamedi’s V Scholar Award for an additional year. His life story, motivation for research, and “never give up” attitude make him, in many ways, the ideal recipient of a V Scholar Award.

Innovation in Cancer Research

Dr. Motamedi is just one of the many skilled cancer researchers that make the Mass General Cancer Center a leading cancer care provider. The Cancer Center’s commitment to eradicating the disease is fueled by scientific investigation conducted as part of the largest hospital-based research program in the nation. Through a powerful synergy between laboratory scientists and bedside physicians, the Mass General Cancer Center fosters innovation in all phases of cancer research. Physician investigators conduct nearly 400 clinical trials annually. All of this is made possible by the generous philanthropic support of loyal donors.

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