“#Don’t Give Up. Don’t Ever Give Up.”

Jimmy Valvano was a great coach. He coached at N.C. State and won an improbable National Championship in 1983 in probably one of the greatest upsets in all of sports. And even though he’s long gone, his words still live and his legacy lives on as his foundation fights the fiend called cancer.

As far as diseases go, the Big “C” is public enemy No. 1. That’s why I support the Jimmy V Foundation. Cancer is a killer, and we all should push and pull together to beat this bad and base, wicked and wanton, injurious and merciless malignant malady.

Every player and every team has an archenemy and a noteworthy nemesis, and for all of mankind, the disease of cancer is right up there at the top. It’s a battle we can all fight in, and a bout we can all believe in and agree about.

My dad died from cancer, and now my mom is in the middle of a monster of a melee as she is in the fight of her life.

My University of Maryland Terrapins are playing in the 2015 Jimmy V Basketball Classic Tournament in NYC at MSG tonight. And they’re beating UCONN handily. But it would be better and I would be gladder if we all could beat cancer. Handily.

So how ‘bout it?  Let’s beat cancer.

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