Given just eight weeks before dying from cancer, Jimmy Valvano’s 1993 ESPY speech is undoubtedly inspiring. The V Foundation for Cancer Research was officially founded later that year by ESPN to honor this legendary North Carolina State basketball coach and ESPN commentator. In the nearly 20 years that have passed since, the foundation has raised more than $115 million to fund cancer research grants nationwide. It also awards 100% of all new direct cash donations and net proceeds from events directly to cancer research and related programs. I know I’ll be powered to climb Kilimanjaro for LIVESTRONG with his amazing and relentless mantra in mind: “Don’t give up. Don’t ever give up.”
I firmly believe that any man’s finest hours—his greatest fulfillment of all that he holds dear—is that moment when he has worked his heart out in good cause and lies exhausted on the field of battle, victorious.
We shall not cease from exploring, and at the end of our exploration we will return to where we started and know the place for the first time.