Sarasota was truly the sports capital of the world on Friday night. The Dickie V gala was held at the Sarasota Ritz-Carlton and there were sports celebrities everywhere as the ballroom was packed.
It was a special evening as we raised a lot of money for pediatric cancer research for the V Foundation. I cannot thank honorees Mike Brey of Notre Dame, Tom Cream of Indiana and Nick Saban of Alabama for their eloquent speeches. We also had a youngster from Nebraska, Jack Hoffman, along with coach Bo Pellini as we looked back on his battle with brain cancer and his tremendous spring game touchdown from last year.
We were able to present $250,000 research grants in honor of the Livingston and Holsworth families. They lost their young children to the dreaded disease of cancer.
There were so many stories of perserverance, youngsters winning the fight against cancer. It was so special to introduce my team of superstar kids to the crowd.
Thanks to Michigan State coach Tom Izzo for introducing me to the crowd, and to John Saunders as emcee of the evening. It was truly a night to remember. Also thanks to Yvette Sherman for singing Wind Beneath My Wings, an amazing performance.
Kids should not have to go through chemotherapy. They should be out playing ball and enjoying their youth. I am passionate about this fight against cancer and you can still help. For more information, go on my page to the Dickie V gala link.