Today, North Carolina and the world of sports is saying good-bye to a wonderful, inspiring woman. Coach Kay Yow, the woman's basketball coach at NC State and former coach of the US Women's Olympic basketball team, passed away after a 22 yr battle with breast cancer. Yes, you read that right...a 22 yr battle with breast cancer. Coach Yow was amazingly strong and determined to fight this disease with every bit of her strength. In those 22 yrs, she only missed 22 games due to her cancer. Then 3 weeks ago, after missing 4 games in a row due to flagging strength, she announced she was stepping down for the rest of the season to fight the disease and she had planned on returning to the bench next year. Sadly, that wasn't to be. Her willingness to fight the good fight and the strong, upstanding example she set for the young women she coached won her the love and admiration of people all across the state.
I am so thankful we have come as far as we have in fighting this disease. Without the advances we've made, I wouldn't have people like Monnie or Mary around. Hopefully, one day, we will be able to say good bye to this horrible disease (and all other cancers) instead of losing people like Kay Yow to the disease.
Until that day, support groups like Save the TaTas and The Artfull Bra Project who are raising money to help search for a cure.