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Robin Roberts will be honored at Dick Vitale Gala

AMANDA McCOY/SUN HERALD 
 Robin Roberts speaks during a special screening her TV special, 'Katrina 10 Years After the Storm,' on Thursday, August 20, 2015, at the Boys & Girls Club of America in Pass Christian. She will be honored at the Dick Vitale Gala, benefiting pediatric cancer research.
AMANDA McCOY/SUN HERALD Robin Roberts speaks during a special screening her TV special, 'Katrina 10 Years After the Storm,' on Thursday, August 20, 2015, at the Boys & Girls Club of America in Pass Christian. She will be honored at the Dick Vitale Gala, benefiting pediatric cancer research. SUN HERALD

Robin Roberts will be one of three people honored at this year's Dick Vitale Gala to benefit the V Foundation for Cancer Research.

The May 13 gala in Sarasota, Fla., will raise money for pediatric cancer research.

Bo Ryan, former head basketball coach at the University of Wisconsin, and Urban Meyer, Ohio State University head football coach, also will be honored.

Roberts, a "Good Morning America" co-anchor who grew up in Pass Christian, is a member of the V Foundation's board of directors and was a passionate cancer-research advocate even before her own cancer diagnosis, according to a V Foundation press release.

Roberts defeated breast cancer, then waged a public battle with a rare blood disorder called myelodysplastic syndrome.

Ryan and Meyer have also been active in fundraising and support for pediatric cancer research.

The gala raised $2.3 million last year and has raised more than $15 million over its 10-year history.

"I am so excited about this year's gala, ," said Vitale, an ESPN Hall of Fame sportscaster, "as our three honored guests have all been dedicated to helping increase awareness of, and raising dollars to fight against, childhood cancer.

"Each year we are so proud of the many celebrities who gather, and in many cases, donate major dollars in helping us attain our goal.

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