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Volunteering In the Fight Against Cancer

Posted August 24, 1997 12:00 a.m. EDT

— Amid the thousands of celebrities and spectators, under the merchandise tent, and behind the souvenir Jimmy V. Classic t-shirts, you'll find Valarie Ryan.

Ryan, a fifth-year cancer survivor, knows the ravages of cancer all too well. Ten years ago, she lost a brother to the disease. Another brother died of cancer just a year-and-a-half ago.

This weekend, the frontline of Ryan's battle against cancer moved to the Prestonwood Country Club in Cary. There, thousands of people turned out at the Jimmy V. Classic -- the V Foundation's major fundraiser for cancer research -- to lend their support in the fight against cancer. For Ryan, her time as a Classic volunteer is a labor of love.

Everlena Murphy is Ryan's good friend and nurse. Murphy has joined Ryan as a volunteer at the classic for the past four years. For her, the time and energy she devotes to the cause is all about sharing and caring.

Murphy's says that sharing and caring can make life easier for those survivng cancer. The message of survival is what Pam Valvano wants to hear. The widow of the Foundation's namesake wants to make sure that those suffering from the disease know that they will not rest until a cure has been found.

Until a cure is found, Valarie Ryan says that she will be at the Jimmy V. Classic every year.

Since the V Foundation started, they have raised over $4 million -- 74% of that goes directly to cancer research.