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Kay Yow Cancer Fund awards $100,000 grant at NCAA Women’s Basketball Final Four in Dallas, TX

UT Southwestern's Cancer Center - where the grant was awarded

Dallas, TX (March 31, 2023) — The Kay Yow Cancer Fund® is proud to, once again, partner with Dr. Angelique Whitehurst of UT Southwestern Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center in support of Triple-Negative Breast Cancer research. The Kay Yow Cancer Fund first awarded Dr. Whitehurst a grant in 2017. She plans to use this grant to further that research specifically around “Genetic Dissection of Therapeutic intervention targets in Triple Negative Breast Cancer”.

Triple-Negative Breast Cancer accounts for 15 percent of all breast cancer.  It is a more aggressive form of cancer, has a higher rate of recurrence, and is most commonly found in women under 40. 

“I am grateful for the support from the Kay Yow Cancer Fund to continue our research on triple-negative breast cancer at UT-Southwestern Medical Center,” said Dr. Whitehurst. “I believe that the foundation’s commitment to raising awareness of this complex disease will be pivotal to improving outcomes.” 

CEO Jenny Palmateer stands smiling next to Dr. Whitehurst and a giant pink check.As the charity of choice for women’s basketball and powered by the Coaches, the Kay Yow Cancer Fund has a long history in the sport. Coach Yow’s vision of awarding a $100,000 grant in the host city of every Women’s Final Four has become an annual event and in total, the Kay Yow Cancer Fund has awarded over $8 million in support of the fight against all cancers affecting women.  

“Coach Yow truly believed in the power of the women’s basketball community; coaches, players, officials, and fans, and knew what could be accomplished if we all came together for a common cause,” said Jenny Palmateer, Kay Yow Cancer Fund CEO. “Together, we are supporting people like Dr. Whitehurst and making sure she can continue the great work she is doing.”


About the Kay Yow Cancer Fund

The Kay Yow Cancer Fund was officially founded on December 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 January 24, 2009. The Kay Yow Cancer Fund is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization committed to raising money for life-saving cancer research, and underserved programs that provide access to quality cancer healthcare, and unite people in the fight against all cancers affecting women.  To date, the Kay Yow Cancer Fund has awarded $8.18 million in the fight against ALL cancers affecting women.  For more information on the Kay Yow Cancer Fund, or to donate, please visit

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