PRAIRIE VIEW, Texas — In an effort to promote Breast Cancer Awareness, Prairie View A&Mâ€™s Lady Panthers basketball team will host â€œThink Pink Dayâ€ on Saturday, February 9th when PVAMU takes on cross town rival Texas Southern University. The womenâ€™s game will tip-off at 5:30 p.m. Contributions collected at the game will be donated to the Kay Yow/WBCA (Womenâ€™s Basketball Coaches Association) Cancer Fund and the American Cancer Society. The first 100 fans will receive a free â€œThink Pinkâ€ t-shirt as well as other giveaways throughout the game.â€
Â Many of us know somebody that has been affected by breast cancer and we are more than happy to do our part in raising awareness of this disease,â€ said Prairie View A&Mâ€™s Athletics Director Charles McClelland. â€œWe are looking forward to what should be a really special day.â€Â Breast cancer survivors are encouraged to attend the game in pink and support the cause.
The Jimmy V Foundation for Cancer Research launched the initiative in early December. It honors NC State women’s coach Kay Yow, who worked alongside Jim Valvano at NC State before he succumbed to cancer in 1993. Yow, who has more than 700 coaching victories, was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 1987 and learned in November she has stage-four cancer.
More than 650 universities will celebrate “Think Pink” week February 8th thru 17th. The WBCA will hold the 4Kay run/walk as part of the Final Four festivities on April 5th.
Did You Know…
â€¢ Breast cancer is the second leading cause of death for all women and the leading overall cause of cancer death in women between the ages of 20 and 59
â€¢ In the United States, breast cancer is expected to be newly diagnosed every three minutes, and a woman will die from breast cancer every 13 minutes
â€¢ African American women have a higher breast cancer death rate than women of any other racial or ethnic population
â€¢ Eighty percent of all breast tumors are benign
â€¢ In 2007, it was estimated that there would be 178,480 new cases of breast cancer in women and 2,030 new cases of breast cancer in men. Of these, an estimated 40,460 women and 450 men will die from the disease
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