In January, 2017, Central Regional Boys Basketball coach, Mike Clemente and his program hosted their first Coaches v Cancer Showcase, joining a national fundraiser to support cancer research. Later that year the event took on a more personal meaning when in July 2017 Coach Clemente was diagnosed with Primary Mediastinal Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma at the age of 32. Following his diagnosis, Coach Clemente underwent intense chemotherapy at Monmouth Medical Center that was successful in defeating the disease. With a goal of helping Monmouth's Cancer Services Program, the program was able to raise over $20,000. thanks to the generous support of our donors. Overall, our showcase has been able to donate over $70,000 to help support cancer patients and their families. In 2019 we joined forces with the V Foundation, as every dollar raised goes directly to cancer research. Last years event was cancelled due to Covid but we were still able to raise over $6000. On January 29, 2022 we will be returning to a live, in-person event and have set a goal of $10000. Please help us in our efforts to end cancer and support this event.
About the V Foundation for Cancer Research
The V Foundation for Cancer Research was founded in 1993 by ESPN and the late Jim Valvano, legendary North Carolina State University basketball coach and ESPN commentator. The Foundation has funded more than $250 million in cancer research grants nationwide. The V Foundation awards 100 percent of direct donations to cancer research and related programs. The V Foundation’s endowment covers administrative expenses. The Foundation awards peer-reviewed grants through a competitive award process strictly supervised by a Scientific Advisory Committee. For more information on the V Foundation, please visit v.org.