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In Loving Memory of one of our Jimmy V Alums


On Thursday October 30, 2014 the Philadelphia Friends of V family tragically lost Katie Abel. Katie was one of the original Jimmy V Alumni who played in the first Jimmy V games as a 7th grader and has come back every year since to give back and be part of the event. Katie made every interaction personal, a testament to her genuine care for others. She lived her life with a unique grace in her heart and a permanent smile on her face. Katie was full of life, happiness, and love, and will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved her.

A memorial fund has been established to honor Kate’s memory. If anyone would like to contribute, please send your donation to the:

Kaitlin Abel Memorial Fund
c/o Customers Bank
1 South Main Street
Yardley, PA 19067

Philadelphia Friends of V

The Philadelphia Friends of V started out as a result of a letter of support from a then 10-year-old Morrisville, PA girl to the V Foundation which resulted in Nick Valvano reaching out and inviting Kaity to attend the inaugural Jimmy V Women’s Classic as his guest. This began the now 12 year partnership that the Philadelphia Friends of V enjoys with the V Foundation for Cancer Research.

Inspired by the Jimmy V “Don’t Give Up” speech and wanting to give back to the V Foundation, Kaity’s basketball team started the Jimmy V CYO Classic……. From our humble beginnings- which were four teams playing four games and with the Jimmy V speech playing in the lobby throughout the event- $1,000.00 was raised for cancer research.

In February 2015 we will be celebrating the 12th annual Jimmy V CYO Classic…… This event has exploded to what is now four days of games attended by over 4,000 people; DJ playing music; players being introduced before the games; Spirit of Jimmy V medallions being awarded to a deserving player on each team that participates; silent auction/raffle; concessions…….

  • The Jimmy V speech plays nonstop in the lobby throughout the event.
  • The event is supported by well over 100 volunteers from local high school teams that donate their time for entire shifts during this event which has become known as ‘Four Special Days’.

The cornerstone of this event however is that we make a very personal by recognizing and honoring local families that have been affected by cancer……. This past year we recognized all survivors and surviving families by giving them the opportunity to speak prior to games about their experience with cancer.

The Philadelphia Friends of V events has grown to support and be involved in what is now six different events where we expect to have over 30,000 people attend……… And we have raised nearly $300,000 for cancer research and counting.

* Promotional video (narrated by Joe Decamara of ESPN radio)