Hoops 4 Hope raises money for cancer research

Posted February 14, 2010 9:18 p.m. EST
Updated February 15, 2010 4:42 p.m. EST

— The North Carolina State University women’s basketball team on Sunday afternoon took on the Miami Hurricanes in Reynolds Coliseum at the fifth annual Hoops 4 Hope game.

Hoops 4 Hope is played to honor longtime Wolfpack coach Kay Yow and to raise money to fight breast cancer. Yow, who battled breast cancer for years,  died Jan. 24, 2009.

Fans say Hoops 4 Hope not only raises money for the cause, but it offers hope to patients battling the disease.

"Those that are going through the battle now and getting treatment, I'm sure it has to help them feel like they've got so many people behind them, pulling for them, cheering for them, and to see that there is life for them after those (cancer) treatments," cancer survivor Linda Pearson said.

“You can make it through (cancer) with faith, family and friends,” cancer survivor Judy Hudson said.

Hudson and Pearson joined other cancer survivors during Sunday's halftime show, which paid tribute to Yow.

Organizers hope to top the $91,000 raised at last year's Hoops for Hope event.