20 Sports Figures Who Fought Cancer and Continued to Pursue Their Careers

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20 Sports Figures Who Fought Cancer and Continued to Pursue Their Careers
This cancer fighter is currently on the Colts sidelines not as a coach, but as an inspiration.

Jimmy V Week honors Jimmy Valvano and the countless other sports figures whose lives, friends and families have been affected by cancer.

Valvano is a former college basketball head coach whose life and coaching career was cut short because of cancer. Ten years after winning the NCAA National Championship, the former coach died of cancer.

Just before his death, Valvano and ESPN created The V Foundation for Cancer Research in 1993. His speech at the 1993 ESPYs, weeks before he died, has and will continue to inspire millions of people today.

The V Foundation has raised more than $90 million and contributed to more than 100 facilities nationwide to fight cancer and promote cancer awareness.

Numerous athletes and sports figures today have been affected by cancer. While some were able to bounce back and still compete, others’ careers were cut short.

In honor of Jimmy V Week, you can check out 20 sports figures who fought cancer and continued with their careers.

Note: The list is not a ranking, but in descending alphabetic order.

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