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The Kay Yow Cancer Fund is a 501 (c)(3) charitable organization committed to the fight against all cancers affecting women. Our mission is to raise money for life saving cancer research, fund programs that provide access to quality cancer healthcare for underserved women and unite people in the fight against all cancers affecting women.

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Featured Grants

$1M – Duke Cancer Institute – 2019 – Endometrial Cancer

This grant was awarded during the spring of 2019 for a research study in endometrial cancer. This is a very under-funded form of cancer and the Kay Yow Cancer Fund is proud to partner with Duke Cancer Institute to change the narrative around this disease.

$1M – Moffitt Cancer Center – 2015 – Ovarian Cancer

Why do older ovarian cancer patients tend to have poorer outcomes than younger patients? Funded by the Kay Yow Cancer Fund, this researcher from @MoffittCancerCenter/@MoffittNews is looking into biologic patterns for answers. LEARN MORE >

$1M – UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center – 2014 – Treatment of Cancer in Aging Women

Chemotherapy increases the aging of the immune system, specifically in older patients. This researcher, from @UNCLineberger/@UNC_Lineberger and funded by the Kay Yow Cancer Fund, is working to reduce toxicities from breast cancer therapies in older women. LEARN MORE >

$100K – Tulane Cancer Center – 2013 – Lung Cancer

When certain types of DNA are generated in cells, they can sometimes be inserted into cancer-promoting genes & cause cancer. This has long been puzzling, so this researcher from Tulane Cancer Center, funded by the Kay Yow Cancer Fund, is after the answers. LEARN MORE >

$1M – MD Anderson – 2012 – Ovarian Cancer

The @MDAnderson/@MDAndersonNews SPORE program was created to prolong survival and reduce ovarian cancer deaths. The Kay Yow Cancer Fund has supported 5 research projects through the SPORE program. LEARN MORE >

$1M – Johns Hopkins – 2010 – Breast Cancer

What if we could reduce immune cells that suppress immune response, allowing cancer-fighting immune cells to do their job? This researcher from @SidneyKimmelCancerCenter/@KimmelCancerCtr, funded by the Kay Yow Cancer Fund, is on the case. LEARN MORE >


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$1 Million

In 2019 the Kay Yow Cancer Fund awarded a $1,000,000 grant to Duke Cancer Institute in honor of NBA All-star, Kevin Durant’s late Aunt Pearl. This grant is in support of endometrial cancer research.

$1 Million: OVARIAN CANCER, 2015

Personalizing care for the aging women’s population

$1 Million: BREAST CANCER, 2010

Facilitating potent breast tumor immunity by antibody-enhanced vaccination

$1 Million: OVARIAN CANCER, 2012

SPORE in ovarian cancer

$1 Million: BREAST CANCER, 2014

The $1 million research grant was awarded to UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center to conduct a Phase II, four-year controlled trial to evaluate the impact of a physical activity intervention program on biomarkers of aging and body composition among breast cancer survivors, age 65 and older, who are receiving adjuvant or neoadjuvant chemotherapy. The research project will be conducted as a national, multi-site collaboration with the Cancer and Aging Research Group, UNC Hospitals, affiliated community clinics, and the Alliance for Clinical Trials and Oncology

$730,000: SERVING THE UNDERSERVED, 2018, 2014 and 2012

2018 – $500,000
2014 – $115,000
2012 – $115,000
The grants from 2012 and 2014 funded digital imaging equipment for two mobile mammography units. The 2019 grant supported the upgrade to 3D Digital mammography equipment on both units. A portion of the 2019 grant also supported the Angel Fund at UNC Rex Healthcare which helps eliminate barriers to care for underserved patients.


Personalizing care for the aging women’s population

$100,000: BREAST CANCER, 2011

Genetic variants, microRNA expression, and breast cancer

$100,000: BREAST CANCER, 2017

This grant specifically addresses triple negative breast cancer

$100,000: BREAST CANCER, 2023

A continuation of the previous 2017 grant. Read about the 2023 grant.

Grant awarded fund research specific to the BReast CAncer gene.


Carle Cancer Institute – Normal, IL.

The grant will be used to fund a patient navigator program for underserved women in the local community.
Read more about this grant.


Cleveland Clinic Cancer Institute

The grant will be used to support cancer prevention and outreach programs. These programs help reduce disparities in access to screenings, diagnosis and treatment of cancer for disadvantaged communities facing socioeconomic barriers, lack of health insurance coverage and limited healthcare resources.

Read more about this grant.


This grant, awarded in 2019 to Lubbock’s Hope Lodge, will help provide housing to women and their families who are actively undergoing cancer treatment. Hope Lodge services a large portion of West Texas and Eastern New Mexico. This grant is a part of the Kay Yow Cancer Fund’s support of underserved programs.


This grant, awarded in 2019, is a part of the Kay Yow Cancer Fund’s ongoing effort to support programs that serve the underserved. This grant will help expand the cancer navigator program at Mount Nittany Health and its services to underserved populations in Pennsylvania.

This grant funded enhanced patient navigator services for underserved women in Oklahoma.

$75,000: Upstate Foundation, 2024

$50,000: Upstate Foundation, 2023

These grants fund She Matters, a peer-to-peer community outreach program created by the Upstate Cancer Center at Upstate Medical University, to reduce breast cancer disparities and improve health outcomes by making annual breast cancer screening a priority among low-income, primarily Black and Hispanic women living in public housing in Syracuse, NY.

The Kay Yow Cancer Fund awarded the 2022 Women’s Final Four grant to Dr. Deepali Sachdev at Masonic Cancer Center for research in Triple Negative Breast Cancer, with special focus on its disproportionate affects on Black women.


Grant was awarded in 2019 in conjunction with the Women’s Final Four to Moffitt Cancer Center in support of ovarian cancer research.

$100,000: BREAST CANCER, 2014

The $100,000 grant was awarded to the Knight Cancer Institute to continue research on the potential effectiveness of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS), such as ibuprofen or aspirin, in the prevention of metastasis of breast cancer in young women

$100,000: BREAST CANCER, 2009

Targeted nanoparticles optimized for breast cancer diagnosis and therapy

$100,000: Endometrial Cancer

Access to clinical trials for minority patients.

$100,000: LUNG CANCER, 2013

Lung cancer research.

$100,000: BREAST CANCER, 2012

Prevention of postpartum, pregnancy-associated breast cancer

$100,000: BREAST CANCER, 2010

Novel therapeutic approach to overcome resistance to endocrine therapies of breast cancer

$50,000: RWJBarbabas Health & Rutgers Cancer Institute

This grant will be used to establish the Rutgers Women’s Basketball Cancer Support Game Plan, which will provide funding assistance for underserved female cancer patients across the State of New Jersey. This support may include transportation to and from appointments, co-pays for appointments, medication assistance, support services, genetic counseling and other services not covered by insurance.

Read more about this grant.

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