To help celebrate the 10th annual Jimmy V Week for Cancer Research, which runs through December 9, the good folks at Dear World have released a special letter written by Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski to his friend, the late Jim Valvano.
Coack K reads his letter aloud in this video:
If you found Coach K's words to be inspiring, share your own memories of Valvano, who died of cancer in 1993, using the hashtag #DearJimmyV on social media.
If you'd like to contribute to the foundation, go to JimmyV.org.
Part of the fundraising efforts includes the annual Jimmy V Classic doubleheader Tuesday at Madison Square Garden. Duke faces Florida after Purdue plays Arizona State.
Here is the text of Krzyzewski's letter:
You and I became brothers during the last four or five months of your life. You knew that you were dying of cancer. You were in Duke Hospital and we spent a few nights every week together.
We had many moments.
The very best moment though was when you said,
"I'm gonna die, but I'm gonna win."
I asked you, "What do you mean?"
And you said, "I want to beat cancer. After I die, when we've finally beat cancer I want to be there."
I was with you when you died. And I never looked at our relationship as having a last moment. I always looked forward to the next moment.
I don’t remember the last thing I said to you, Jimmy.
And the reason I don't is because I thought you would live forever.
Love your friend,