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DON’T GIVE UP. DON’T EVER GIVE UP.
The Lasting Legacy of Jimmy V Though March Madness has come to an end, each season, each team, and in some cases, each coach, leaves a lasting impression on the sport of NCAA basketball. I’ve been a Duke basketball fan ever since Duke played and lost to Louisville in the 1986 National
Jimmy V’s speech really shaped my mindset as far as the value of persistence is
in our darkest days, when we’re at our worst, either physically, mentally or spiritually, we should keep pushing forward. We never know
concerned. Even though he was not long for this world when he listed the
three things he believed everyone should do daily, they all reflect a positive mindset. Staying positive is a major component of endurance in the face of hardship, and Jimmy V embodied that. “Cancer can take away all my physical abilities. It cannot touch my mind, it cannot touch my heart, and it cannot touch my soul. All those three things are going to carry on forever.” I always found this quote to be particularly deep. It almost has a spiritual nature about it. I think of Matthew 22:37, in which Jesus cites the greatest commandment: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul and with all your mind.” Jimmy V lists each of the ways we are commanded to love the Lord as the parts of our body which will carry on forever. I don’t think the connection is a coincidence.
Championship game, at the time led by “Never Nervous” Pervis Ellison. That said, I always enjoyed watching and listening to one of my favorite coaches, Jim Valvano, also known as Jimmy V. He led the Wolfpack to many successful seasons during his tenure, and even after he was diagnosed with cancer in the early ‘90s, he continued to inspire people. Shortly before his death in 1993, he accepted the Arthur Ashe Courage award. His speech, which accompanied his acceptance of the award, inspired me when I was just a young, impressionable high school junior. Some of his quotes still inspire me and the Grand Strand team today. I regularly play his speech for my team members, both old and new, to boost their morale and, in turn, boost the morale of our patients. “... there are things we all should do every day. We should do this every day of our lives. No. 1 is laugh. You should laugh every day. No. 2 is think. You should spend some time in thought. No. 3 is you should have your emotions moved to tears, could be happiness or joy.”
where our journey will lead.
At Grand Strand Health and Wellness, we always remind our patients and fellow team members of the mind-body connection. It’s on posters everywhere in our office. When you’re feeling depressed on a particular day, there’s a good chance you’ll also feel physically worse. Likewise, when you feel physically worse, you’ll probably feel mentally worse as well. At Grand Strand, we work to heal the mind by healing the body, but we also encourage our patients to maintain a positive mindset to help the body heal. Jimmy V stayed positive and fought to the very end. I hope I can live my life that way and help my team and all of you live your lives as Jimmy V did.
“Don’t give up, don’t ever give up.”
This quote is also the motto of the V Foundation for Cancer Research, founded after his death. It perfectly sums up how Jimmy V lived his life, and how I hope I, my team, and my patients can live our lives. Even
–Dr. Chris Garner
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