Jan. 31, 2008
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths and the most common form of cancer among women. Approximately 1.3 million will be diagnosed in 2008 and 465,000 will die worldwide. Florida State women’s basketball wants to make a difference and fans can help.
On February 7, Florida State is asking fans to Think Pink when it plays host to NC State at 7 pm. Proceeds from the night will benefit the Kay Yow/ Women’s Basketball Coaches Association Cancer Fund with the hopes of raising $10,000.
“Breast cancer has affected all of us in the ACC and so many of those we love,” FSU head coach Sue Semrau said. “February 7 is our opportunity to do something to fight this prevalent disease. We’re asking the fans to come out and help us to raise money for research and early detection tests in honor of our dear friend Kay Yow. Join us by wearing your pink on Thursday night!”
One dollar from every ticket purchased will be donated to the Kay Yow/ WBCA Cancer Fund. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for youth and seniors. There will be a silent auction on the concourse during the game. Some of the silent auction items include: Basic Lasik Eye Surgery, courtesy of Nature Coast Eye Care Institute, valued at $3,000; a two-night stay at the Ocala Hampton Inn, as well as the game ball autographed by coach Semrau and Coach Yow. A complete list of the silent auction items can be found on the Promotions Page of Seminoles.com.
After the game, fans can shoot free throws with the coaches and players on the court for the Shots for a Cure Fundraiser. Pledge sheets are available at Seminoles.com or at the entrance of the game. Click Here To Download The Pledge Sheet
For anyone who can not attend, but would still like to make a donation, contact Chris Grosse in FSU marketing office either by telephone (850) 644-8368 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org. At halftime of the game, local breast cancer survivors will be honored. If you are a breast cancer survivor or know of one who would like to be part of the ceremony, please contact Keyla Smith by email at email@example.com.
Beginning in 2000, the Atlantic Coast Conference approved a partnership between its Women’s Basketball Tournament and Friends for An Earlier Breast Cancer Test, a Greensboro-based foundation committed to providing seed funding for researchers working on a biological earlier detection test. Initially, the tournament donated a percentage of revenues to the organization, and over the nine-year partnership, the four-day tournament has donated and raised over $90,000 to Friends’ research grants.
The Kay Yow/ WBCA Cancer Fund is committed to raising money for scientific research, assisting the undeserved and unifying people for a common cause. After taking a leave of absence in 2006 due to the progression of her cancer, coach Yow returned in 2007 to continue coaching NC State.