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Furman Lady Paladins “Play for Kay” to Beat Cancer

The Furman University Lady Paladins and The Pearlie Harris Center for Breast Health are teaming up - asking for your help to fight breast cancer.  Join Honorary Coach Pearlie Harris and cheer on the Lady Paladins in the fight against breast cancer as they “Play for Kay”. The theme is in remembrance of famed women’s basketball coach, Kay Yow. Yow was North Carolina State University head women’s basketball coach and founding member of the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association.

She was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 1987 and passed away in 2009, after facing her third bout with the disease. In a 2007 interview Yow said, “I have to go through it. I accept that, and I’m not panicked about it because the Lord is in control. But it just would be so saddening if I had to go through it and I couldn’t help people. But then I see I’m helping others in a greater way than I ever have. That’s the amazing thing, you know.”

In Kay Yow’s memory, the Lady Paladins will join the Pearlie Harris Center for Breast Health at Bon Secours St. Francis to raise money and raise awareness about breast cancer.

“Raising money for breast cancer research and awareness is vitally important and benefits the entire community. Because of fundraisers like this one, we can provide cutting-edge care for our current patients and find even better treatment options for women yet to be diagnosed.  Kay Yow has been an inspiration for many women who fought breast cancer and won and for those who continue to fight today.” said Stephen Dyar, MD with Upstate Oncology Associates, a member of Bon Secours Medical Group.

Game Organizers are asking everyone who attends the game to wear pink in support of breast cancer awareness.  The Bon Secours St. Francis Mobile Mammography coach will also be onsite for tours. The game is February 15 at 1:30pm. Tickets are $5 dollars per person and all proceeds will be donated to the Play for Kay Foundation and the Pearlie Harris Center for Breast Health.

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