As part of the NCAA Women’s Final Four in Indianapolis, the Kay Yow Cancer Fund has awarded a $100,000 grant to the Indiana University Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center. The grant will fund women’s cancer research.
Every year since 2009, the Kay Yow Cancer Fund has provided a grant to a medical institution in the host city of the NCAA Women’s Final Four. The fund is named after Kay Yow, the former head coach of women’s basketball at North Carolina State University, who passed away from breast cancer in 2009.
Yow formed the fund nearly 10 years ago, along with the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association and the V Foundation for Cancer Research.
"We are thrilled to receive this grant from the Kay Yow Cancer Fund," said Patrick Loehrer Sr., director of the IU Simon Cancer Center. "The researchers and physicians at the IU Simon Cancer Center tackle breast, uterine, vaginal, and ovarian cancers, which affect too many women and their loved ones. These funds will be used by our scientists, enabling them to find better ways to prevent, detect, and treat women’s cancers."
The announcement was made Tuesday during a news conference outlining details of the 35th anniversary celebration of the NCAA women’s basketball championships, which will take place in Indianapolis April 3-5. Among other events, the NCAA announced a 5K run on April 2 and a free concert by hip-hop group Salt-N-Pepa at Tourney Town inside the Indiana Convention Center.
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