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19th Annual V Foundation Wine Celebration to Accelerate Research of Cancers that Derive from BRCA and BRCA-like Mutations

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Event Hosted by Mike & Mickie Krzyzewski has Raised More than $80 Million for Cancer Research to Date

Napa Valley, CA – [Tuesday, May 9, 2017] – The V Foundation for Cancer Research, a top-rated cancer research charity, and the V Foundation Wine Celebration will celebrate their 19th annual event August 3-6, 2017, in Napa Valley.  Hosted once again by Duke University’s Head Men’s Basketball Coach Mike Krzyzewski and his wife Mickie, this year’s “Fund-A-Need” will support a $6 million challenge grant that will fund emerging, high-impact research of cancers that derive from BRCA or BRCA-like mutations.  The challenge was first announced in December during the V Foundation’s launch of its $200 million capital campaign, Not a Moment to Lose. The campaign is designed to build on the momentum behind extraordinary research findings that will achieve victory over cancer.

Since 1999, the V Foundation Wine Celebration, benefitting the V Foundation for Cancer Research, has raised over $80 million for cancer research and related programs. This three-day signature series of events in stunning Napa Valley demonstrates that commitment, passion and giving become the catalyst for positive change. Experience the best culinary adventures, the most sought after wines, exciting performances, thought-provoking panels and the chance to meet amazing people from all over the country who are joining the fight along with you – the fight to find cures for cancer.

“The Wine Celebration is a combination of remarkable wine, food and people, coming together to celebrate our lives and to raise much-needed funds for cancer research,” said Susan Braun, CEO of the V Foundation. “This year, we’re targeting research that helps us better understand why some people have a higher risk of cancer and how we can change the course of inherited risks.”

The Wine Celebration’s “Fund-A-Need” will advance the research of inherited mutations in BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes that produce tumor suppressor proteins.  The BRCA Foundation, founded by V Foundation Board of Directors member Evan Goldberg, and the Gray Foundation have each pledged $1.5 million towards the challenge grant.  With a successful match by the V Foundation to the challenge, at least $6 million will be awarded to cutting-edge research exploring why women and men with a mutated copy of either the BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene are at a significantly increased risk of developing cancer.  Though initial studies focused on breast and ovarian cancer, new research shows the mutation also increases the risks of pancreatic cancer, male breast cancer and prostate cancer.  A subset of the V Foundation’s Scientific Advisory Committee and other experts, including Dr. Susan Domchek from the Basser Center for BRCA at the Abramson Cancer Center and Dr. Alan Ashworth from the University of California San Francisco, will award the BRCA Research Collaborative Grants to the best projects at institutions nationwide.  Members of the Scientific Advisory Committee, which is comprised of some of the nation’s leading physicians and research scientists, will discuss current advances, alternative treatments and discoveries into clinical applications during the Wine Celebration’s “Answer for Cancer Research Symposium” on August 5

“It is a dream come true for me to see a collaboration between these three organizations,” said Goldberg. “With a stellar grant committee made up of scientists associated with each organization and a donation match that can catalyze giving to the cause, this whole effort is destined to be far greater than the sum of its parts.”

In raising $200 million by 2020 with the Not a Moment to Lose fundraising campaign, the V Foundation will strategically focus on research aimed to transform the treatment, detection and prevention of cancer.  In addition to the BRCA Research Collaborative Grants, areas of scientific research to be funded through Not a Moment to Lose include the study of prevention signals, clinical trials, immunotherapy pathways, big data collaborations and convergence projects, as well as pediatric cancer and translational research. 

For more information about the V Wine Celebration, please visit www.winecelebration.org.  For more about the V Foundation and its mission to achieve victory over cancer, please visit www.jimmyv.org.    

About the V Foundation for Cancer Research

The V Foundation for Cancer Research is dedicated to declaring victory over cancer.  It was founded in 1993 by ESPN and the late Jim Valvano, legendary North Carolina State Basketball coach and ESPN commentator.  Since 1993, the Foundation has funded more than $170 million in cancer research grants nationwide.  It awards 100 percent of all direct cash donations to cancer research and related programs.  Due to generous donors, the Foundation has an endowment that covers administrative expenses.  Not a Moment to Lose, its boldest fundraising campaign to date, aims to raise $200 million for cancer research by 2020 to help transform the prevention, detection and treatment of cancer.  The Foundation awards peer-reviewed grants through a competitive awards process vetted by a world-renowned Scientific Advisory Committee.  For more information on the V Foundation, please visit www.jimmyv.org.  

About the V Foundation Wine Celebration

The V Foundation Wine Celebration is a world-class wine event and auction benefiting the V Foundation for Cancer Research. Set in Napa Valley, the heart of California Wine Country, this annual special event brings together 500 prominent members of the sports broadcasting, entertainment, media, lifestyle, technology, investment, medical and winemaking worlds to raise money to fund vital research in the fight against all types of cancer. The V Wine Celebration has helped fund 600 research programs at medical and research facilities across the country. Dedicated to giving back to the generous Napa Valley and surrounding communities that have so enthusiastically embraced it, the Foundation has included many Bay Area institutions among its grantees, including St. Helena Hospital, Queen of the Valley Medical Center in Napa, Stanford University and UC San Francisco. Founded by Julie Allegro, the V Foundation Wine Celebration has grown to be to one of the top-rated charitable auctions in the country. For more information on the V Foundation Wine Celebration, please visit winecelebration.org.

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