Kay Yow Fund Celebrating Five Years Fighting Cancer

Photo from KayYow.com.

Cary, NC –  The Kay Yow Cancer Fund is hosting its For A Higher Goal Gala on Monday, December 3, 2012, at The Umstead Hotel & Spa in Cary, N.C. The Gala commemorates the five-year anniversary of the charitable organization, established by the late Kay Yow, the former N.C. State University head women’s basketball coach and Cary resident who was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 1987 and battled the disease until her passing in 2009.

The evening will include entertainment by humorist Jeanne Robertson, dinner and refreshments. More than 200 special guests and attendees are expected with tickets and sponsorship opportunity still available.

“All Gala proceeds will directly support women’s cancer research projects,” said Sue Donohoe, executive director, Kay Yow Cancer Fund. “By attending, everyone has an opportunity to help fulfill Kay Yow’s dream to support the discovery and development of cures for women’s cancers.”

In 2007, Yow joined forces with the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) and The V Foundation for Cancer Research to form the Fund, committed to raise money for scientific research, assist the underserved and unify people for a common cause. Since its inception, the Fund has raised over $7 million and allocated $2.5 million for women’s cancer research and related programs, with future projects currently under review.

“Coach Yow made great strides in uniting the basketball community for a cause much greater than any on-court competition,” said Nora Lynn Finch, president, Board of Directors, Kay Yow Cancer Fund. “The Gala’s mission is to unite area residents and businesses in contribution to commemorate Yow’s determination and continue her fight to help women across the entire nation.”

After being diagnosed with breast cancer in 1987, Kay Yow made it her mission to extend and improve the lives of those battling women’s cancers.

In 2007, she joined forces with the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) and The V Foundation for Cancer Research to establish 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 money for scientific research, assisting the underserved and unifying people for a common cause.

Grants Awarded

Since its inception the Kay Yow Fund has awarded the following grants.

  • Rex Healthcare Foundation – $115,000
  • University of Colorado Cancer Center – $100,000
  • University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center – $1,000,000
  • Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center at Indiana University – $100,000
  • Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins – $1,000,000
  • University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio – $100,000
  • Siteman Cancer Center at Washington University School of Medicine – $100,000

Event Info

Higher Goal Gala
Monday Dec 3, 2012
At The Umstead Hotel and Spa,
100 Woodland Pond Drive, Cary
6:30- 9:00pm

Ticket Info

CaryCitizen searched high and low and could not find a link to ticket sales. Is it a secret?

We finally found some info on FyiFly (?) that says ticket sales ended Nov 21.

If you really want to go, just give them a call at (919) 460–6407.

1 reply
  1. Margaret Pentrack
    Margaret Pentrack says:

    The Kay Yow Cancer Fund’s For a Higher Goal Gala has been postponed until the new year. More details will be available in the future. Please visit http://www.KayYow.com to find out how you can get involved in the fight against women’s cancers.

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