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Dickie V gala coming up

Updated: May 1, 2009, 1:55 PM ET
By Dick Vitale | ESPN.com

I can't wait for the Dickie V gala. It is coming up on May 15 in Sarasota, Fla. My friends, we are going to raise $1 million for the Jimmy V Foundation for cancer research. It has become part of my life and I vividly remember the days at the Radisson in Bristol, sitting in Jimmy's room, the pain evident throughout his body.

It was so excruciating, and I would sit there and wonder how anyone could go through that?

I was not that close to Jimmy before he arrived at ...

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