WISE, Va. - The UVa-Wise women’s basketball team will be hosting its annual “Think Pink Game” this Saturday to support breast cancer awareness when the Cavaliers welcome the University of Charleston to the Prior Center for a 2 pm tip.
The basketball team will be wearing all pink jerseys to recognize and support breast cancer awareness and The Kay Yow Cancer Fund. Officially founded on December 3, 2007, from the vision of the organization’s namesake Kay Yow, former North Carolina State University head women’s basketball coach, the Kay Yow Cancer Fund supports research, provides grants, and drives inspiration in the fight against women’s cancers. Since its inception, $8 million has been raised and $2.5 million has been granted for scientific research and related programs focused on women’s cancers thanks to the generosity and continued support of its donors.
Fans attending the game will have an opportunity to purchase raffle tickets on a “Think Pink” basket that will include breast cancer items, UVa-Wise gear, candles, and more. Raffle tickets will be $2 each or three for $5. Fans will also be able to donate to The Kay Yow Cancer Fund at the game.
Facts about Breast Cancer in the United States
• One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime.
• Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women.
• Breast cancer is the second leading cause of death among women.
• Each year it is estimated that over 220,000 women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer and more than 40,000 will die.
• Although breast cancer in men is rare, an estimated 2,150 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer and approximately 410 will die each year.