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Nelson, who had an aunt and uncle die of cancer, said that he has been inspired and motivated by Jim Valvano’s iconic “Don’t give up … Don’t ever give up” ESPYS speech. Valvano gave the speech in 1993 while battling cancer. “A couple times a year, my best friends and I get together and have ‘Jimmy V nights’ where we have some beers, cigars, scotch and music staying up till 3 a.m., and we try to laugh, think and cry like Jim said in his speech.”
As an ambassador for the V Foundation, and through his own “Blocking Cancer” initiative for the V Foundation, Nelson has raised over $79,000 towards finding a cure for cancer.