Stuart Scott memorial fund created

The V Foundation for Cancer Research and family members representing Stuart Scott have announced a new cancer research fund to honor the memory of the longtime "SportsCenter" anchor.

Scott died on Jan. 4 after a lengthy battle with the disease. He was 49. Scott was a champion for cancer research and devoted time and energy toward improving outcomes for African-Americans and other minorities with cancer. Scott was involved in a clinical trial himself.

"It was not lost on Stuart that his diligence and education about cancer research helped extend his life," said Susan Scott, Stuart's sister. "Stuart's passion for education was unmatched. He researched every aspect of his treatment to live with and beat cancer. His research revealed cancer's disparities and the inequities faced in the African-American and Hispanic cancer-fighting communities.

"I know that he would be proud that The V Foundation is setting up this fund in his name to accelerate research for all communities."

The V Foundation for Cancer Research was founded in 1993 by ESPN and the late Jim Valvano, legendary North Carolina State basketball coach and ESPN commentator. Since 1993, the foundation has funded more than $130 million in cancer research grants nationwide. It awards 100 percent of all direct cash donations to cancer research and related programs.

Those wishing to contribute to the Stuart Scott Memorial Cancer Research Fund should visit www.jimmyv.org/stuartscott.