Kay Yow Cancer Fund Announces 2016 Play4Kay Divisional Winners

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RALEIGH, N.C. (April 1, 2016) – The Kay Yow Cancer Fund® today announced the top fundraisers in each division for the 2016 Play4Kay® initiative. Play4Kay is the grassroots fundraising initiative of the Kay Yow Cancer Fund. Its primary fundraising support comes from women’s basketball teams across the country that dedicate an event to raise funds and awareness for the Kay Yow Cancer Fund, an organization committed to funding women’s cancer research and supporting projects that assist the underserved community.

The institutions that raised the most funds in each division will be recognized on April 1, 2016 in Indianapolis, Indiana at the NCAA® Women’s Final Four and the Kay Yow Cancer Fund’s Wow 4Yow event.

The 2016 Play4Kay divisional winners are:

NCAA Division I (BCS): TBD
NCAA Division I (Non-BCS): Illinois State University
NCAA Division II: Lenoir-Rhyne University
NCAA Division III: Moravian College; Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
NAIA: Faulkner University; Montgomery, Alabama
Community College: Trinity Valley Community College; Athens, Texas
National K-12: Akin Elementary School; Hale Center, Texas

For the eighth consecutive year, Moravian College won the NCAA Division III title. For the third consecutive year, Trinity Valley Community College and Harrells Christian Academy raised the most funds in their respective divisions. For the second consecutive year, Faulkner University raised the most funds for the NAIA Division title.

“The 2016 Play4Kay fundraising initiative is a testament to the commitment the women’s basketball community has for the mission of the Kay Yow Cancer Fund,” said Kay Yow Cancer Fund Executive Director Stephanie Glance.  “Coach Yow’s vision for the Kay Yow Cancer Fund and the Play4Kay fundraising initiative was to unite a nation of coaches and the women’s basketball community across the country, to do something collectively for the greater good, that far exceeds wins and losses on the court.

Since the Fund’s inception, more than $5.28 million has been allocated in support of women’s cancer research and serving the underserved.

For more information about the Kay Yow Cancer Fund and its annual Play 4Kay® fundraising initiative, visit www.kayyow.com and follow #Play4Kay.

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About the Kay Yow Cancer Fund
The Kay Yow Cancer Fund was officially founded on Dec. 3, 2007, from the vision of the organization’s namesake Kay Yow, former N.C. State University head women’s basketball coach. Coach Yow was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 1987 before succumbing to the disease on Jan. 24, 2009. The Kay Yow Cancer Fund is a 501 (c)(3) charitable organization committed to being a part of finding an answer in the fight against women’s cancers through raising funds for scientific research, assisting the underserved, and unifying people for a common cause. To date, more than $5.28 million has been allocated for women’s cancer research. For more information on the Kay Yow Cancer Fund or to make a donation, please visit www.KayYow.com. Follow the Kay Yow Cancer Fund on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and Instagram.

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Media Contact:
Brenda Steen
Kay Yow Cancer Fund
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KAY YOW CANCER FUND AWARDS $100,000 WOMEN’S CANCER RESEARCH GRANT TO IU SIMON CANCER CENTER

Indianapolis, IN, (February 2016) –The Kay Yow Cancer Fund® has awarded a $100,000 women’s cancer research grant to the Indiana University Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center.

Since 2009, the Kay Yow Cancer Fund has supported a women’s cancer research grant at an institution based in the host city of the annual NCAA Women’s Final Four®.  This year’s grant is awarded to the IU Simon Cancer Center in Indianapolis, Indiana, host of the 2016 Women’s Final Four.

Dr. Patrick Loehrer expresses his gratitude for the $100,000 research grant.

Dr. Patrick Loehrer Sr., M.D., Director of the IU Simon Cancer Center, expresses his gratitude for the $100,000 research grant.

“We are thrilled to receive this grant from the Kay Yow Cancer Fund,” said Patrick Loehrer Sr., M.D., director of the IU Simon Cancer Center.  “The researchers and physicians at the IU Simon Cancer Center tackle breast, uterine, vaginal, and ovarian cancers, which affect too many women and their loved ones. These funds will be used by our scientists, enabling them to find better ways to prevent, detect, and treat women’s cancers.”

Before her death, Coach Yow invited the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) and The V Foundation for Cancer Research to partner with her to found the Kay Yow Cancer Fund, a 501 (c)(3) charitable organization committed to being a part of finding an answer in the fight against women’s cancers through raising funds for scientific research, assisting the underserved and unifying people for a common cause.

Stephanie Glance, Executive Director of the Kay Yow Cancer Fund, shares Coach Kay Yow’s mission and vision.

“Coach Yow was very specific in her direction that the Kay Yow Cancer Fund support research to enhance the quality of life of those individuals battling cancer, and to help find a cure,” said Stephanie Glance, Executive Director of the Kay Yow Cancer Fund. This research grant will continue the legacy of Coach Yow and the Fund’s mission of supporting women’s cancer research.”

The Kay Yow Cancer Fund is privileged to work in collaboration with The V Foundation Scientific Advisory Committee to identify and review grant proposals supporting women’s cancer research. To date, the Kay Yow Cancer Fund has allocated more than $5.28 million in support of women’s cancer research and serving the underserved.

About the Kay Yow Cancer Fund

The Kay Yow Cancer Fund was officially founded on Dec. 3, 2007, from the vision of the organization’s namesake Kay Yow, former N.C. State University head women’s basketball coach. Coach Yow was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 1987 before succumbing to the disease on Jan. 24, 2009. The Kay Yow Cancer Fund is a 501 (c)(3) charitable organization committed to being a part of finding an answer in the fight against women’s cancers through raising funds for scientific research, assisting the underserved, and unifying people for a common cause. To date, more than $5.28 million has been allocated for women’s cancer research. For more information on the Kay Yow Cancer Fund or to make a donation, please visit www.KayYow.com. Follow the Kay Yow Cancer Fund on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and Instagram.

About IU Simon Cancer Center  

The Indiana University Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center is the only National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated cancer center in Indiana that provides patient care. The NCI designation places the IU Simon Cancer Center in an elite group of 69 cancer centers across the country that focus on the rapid translation of research discoveries to directly benefit people with cancer. The NCI designation recognizes that the IU Simon Cancer Center’s research programs meet the NCI’s rigorous criteria for world-class, state-of-the-art programs in multidisciplinary cancer research. Learn more at www.cancer.iu.edu.

Photo credit: Tim Yates, Office of Visual Media/IU School of Medicine.

 

 

The History of Play4Kay

On December 3, 2016, the Kay Yow Cancer Fund will celebrate 9 years of doing what Coach Yow asked us to do – raise funds to support women’s cancer research. As this significant milestone approaches, we reflect on the Play4Kay initiative and its huge role in our success.

Coach Yow wanted to be a part of finding an answer in the fight against women’s cancers. She believed we would make a greater impact as a collective team, working together to accomplish one goal. 

The Kay Yow Cancer Fund

During the final stages of her battle with cancer, Coach Kay Yow had a vision to unite a nation of coaches, players, and the women’s basketball community to do something for the greater good that far exceeds wins and losses on the court.kayyowmission copy

The Kay Yow Cancer Fund was born in December, 2007 and is a charitable organization committed to being a part of finding an answer in the fight against women’s cancers by raising funds for scientific research, assisting the underserved, and unifying people for a common cause. To date, the Fund has allocated more than $5 million in support of women’s cancer research.

Coach Yow envisioned the women’s basketball community doing its part by funding research at a level that will create significant results – and lead to a cure. We can only do this with your help.

The History

The entire “pink phenomenon” in women’s basketball actually began during the 2004-05 season when Coach Yow’s cancer recurred, after being in remission for 17 years.

H4H Team (4)The WBCA sent an email to its membership encouraging women’s basketball teams to wear pink in honor of Coach Yow and all those battling cancer. Several years later, this movement resulted in the establishment of the Kay Yow Cancer Fund and the fundraising initiative known as Play4Kay.

What is Play4Kay

Play4Kay is the grassroots fundraising initiative of the Kay Yow Cancer Fund. It was originally called Think Pink, later became Pink Zone and most recently and finally, Play4Kay.  Numerous sports, groups and organizations have hosted Play4Kay fundraisers — and have made a lasting impact that resonated with their fans and the community, all while raising funds for the Kay Yow Cancer Fund.

She envisioned Play4Kay events being hosted across the country and benefiting the Kay Yow Cancer Fund –allowing us to support advanced research, extend the quality of life for those battling cancer, and provide hope -  so that one day, we can put an end to this formidable disease.

For more information about the Play4Kay initiative and how you can get involved, call our staff at 919-659-3308.

Kay Yow Cancer Fund Announces Stephanie Glance as New Executive Director

 

The Kay Yow Cancer Fund today announced Stephanie Glance as its new Executive Director. Susan Donohoe is retiring from her position after a successful three-year tenure.

Glance is no stranger to the Kay Yow Cancer Fund. She was instrumental in helping establish the non-profit organization in 2007, and Yow personally appointed her to serve on the Kay Yow Cancer Fund Board of Directors for life.  Most recently, she has led the Fund in the capacity of board president. On Sept. 7, 2015, the 17-member board of directors selected Glance as the Executive Director.

Stephanie Glance with Kay Yow in 2007.

“I am humbled and honored to be the next Executive Director of the Kay Yow Cancer Fund,” said Glance. Having the opportunity to work with Coach Yow for 15 years was an incredible blessing! She set a daily example of how to live life to its fullest during the best of times and how to walk gracefully through life’s most difficult times.”

Stephanie Glance served as associate head women’s basketball coach at NC State University for 15 years where she developed a strong relationship with Hall of Fame Coach Kay Yow. She was the interim head coach during parts of the 2004-05, 2006-07 and 2008-09 seasons, while Yow battled breast cancer. After leaving NC State University in 2009, she served one year as the recruiting coordinator and special assistant to Pat Summitt, head coach at the University of Tennessee. In 2011, Glance became head women’s basketball coach at Illinois State University, and has served as head women’s basketball coach at Columbia University since 2013.

Glance reflected on her early involvement with the Fund, “Being a part of the Kay Yow Cancer Fund from its initial stages until now has been an amazing journey,” she said. “It is extremely rewarding to know that people who are battling cancer are benefiting from the significant dollars raised through Coach’s fund. We have had tremendous leadership from our first two executive directors, Marsha Sharp, and, most recently, Sue Donohoe. I look forward to continuing and expanding the great things they have accomplished.”

Sue Donohoe joined the Kay Yow Cancer Fund in October 2012 and has been an integral part of numerous milestones and initiatives. To date, the Kay Yow Cancer Fund has allocated over $5.18 million in support of women’s cancer research. Donohoe worked diligently to expand Play 4Kay, an initiative started in 2006 at NC State University by Coach Yow, and has formed strong partnerships with numerous businesses and organizations across North Carolina, and across the country. Donohoe announced her retirement from the fund in August and will be moving to East Texas to be close to family.

Sue Donohoe addresses the crowd at Vanderbilt -Ingram Cancer Center in 2014.

Sue Donohoe addresses the crowd at Vanderbilt -Ingram Cancer Center in 2014.

“It was my intent each and every day to work hard to carry out Coach Yow’s mission for the Fund,” said Donohoe. “It has been an honor and a blessing to serve both on the board of directors andas the Fund’s executive director. There has been a lot of good work done, by many, to build the Fund into what it is today and more importantly, what it can continue to grow to be. The opportunity to serve in this role has been a very meaningful and fulfilling experience.”

The Kay Yow Cancer Fund Board of Directors is confident that the Fund is positioned for continued success with the hiring of Glance. She has a strong working relationship with key partners of the Fund including the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA), The V Foundation for Cancer Research, ESPN and the Fund’s founding partner, Nike.®

“The Kay Yow Cancer Fund has been a galvanizing force in the world of women’s basketball and it has become a major player in the fight against women’s cancers,” said Sherri Coale, head women’s basketball coach at the University of Oklahoma and President of the Kay Yow Cancer Fund Board of Directors. “We were so fortunate at our inception to be led by the passion and wisdom of Marsha Sharp, and then for the last three years by the vision and dedication of Sue Donohoe. Their leadership has not only tangibly impacted cancer research through the application of over $5 million in grants – it has fueled an awareness with momentum that will continue to grow under the guidance of Stephanie Glance.”

About the Kay Yow Cancer Fund

The Kay Yow Cancer Fund was officially founded on Dec. 3, 2007, from the vision of the organization’s namesake Kay Yow, former NC State University head women’s basketball coach. Coach Yow was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 1987 before succumbing to the disease on Jan. 24, 2009.  The Kay Yow Cancer Fund is a 501 (c)(3) charitable organization committed to being a part of finding an answer in the fight against women’s cancers through raising funds for scientific research, assisting the underserved, and unifying people for a common cause. For more information on the Kay Yow Cancer Fund or to make a donation, please visit www.KayYow.com. Follow the Kay Yow Cancer Fund on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and Instagram.