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Breast cancer survivors celebrate Yow's return

Posted January 28, 2007
Updated January 23, 2009

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— Wolfpack women's basketball coach Kay Yow and other breast cancer survivors joined hundreds of supporters for a special game called Hoops for Hope on Sunday, marking Yow’s return to the bench after two months of cancer treatment.

At the historic Reynolds Coliseum on the North Carolina State University campus, Wolfpack red took on a distinct shade of pink -- the universal color for breast cancer awareness.

“I love it,” said Wolfpack fan Jackie Parrish. “I love it. If there's anything prettier than Wolfpack red, it's pink today.”

Hoops for Hope featured a silent auction, a brunch and a health fair. Fans came out to support the charity event and celebrate the leader of the Lady Wolfpack, who was back on the bench after a third bout with the disease forced her to take a leave of absence last November.

“Everybody is thrilled to have (Yow) back,” said N.C. State Chancellor James Oblinger. “You just need to be out on the street around here to see the tremendous enthusiasm. Everybody here now wearing pink, all for Coach Yow, all for a good cause.”

A parade of cancer survivors took over the floor at halftime as N.C. State officials presented a check worth more than $43,000 to the Susan G Komen Foundation for Breast Cancer Research. The words on the T-shirts worn by some in the audience made their point, but their emotions said it all.

“It's so wonderful,” said cancer survivor Ellen Baker. “It's such a community of people you have an instant connection with. It's terrific.”

The game between the Lady Wolfpack and Boston College capped off an event that was about more than just basketball. That's a point that wasn't lost on Yow.

“We're all fighting it really together and we're supporting each other,” she said. “And all these people that are here (who haven’t had cancer), they are supporting us. I think that's the thing you feel -- all the people are here because they care.”


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  • Pack Rules Jan 29, 2007

    I could not agree with you more Mike.

  • mikeoliver Jan 28, 2007

    Coach Yow is a national treasure. The way she has conducted her courageous battle, in a high-profile position should be an example to all of us. Thank you Coach Yow for setting the standard for determination, demeanor, and approach. I am not from the area, but NC State should be so thankful for such a wonderful representative of its program.