This past Monday night thanks to my sweet husband, I attended the NC State Play4Kay women’s basketball game. The idea for the game began when head coach Kay Yow, who was going through breast cancer, wanted to find a way to both raise awareness for the disease and more importantly, dollars for research. The event began as Hoops for Hope but after Kay lost her battle with breast cancer in 2009 it became known as the Play4Kay game. As part of the event, breast cancer survivors are invited to walk out onto Kay Yow court at Reynolds Coliseum during halftime of the game to celebrate being a survivor. I was a part of the 11–15 year group and what an honor it was to join with these ladies in celebrating our years of survivorship.
Kay’s motto was, “When life kicks you, let it kick you forward.” As a survivor, I have tried to live my life in a positive way and do what I can to help others who are also taking the cancer journey. I believe it is by working together to fight this disease that we make the biggest impact. Apparently, so did Coach Yow. The Kay Yow cancer foundation raised over $500,000 Monday for women’s cancer research.
I am proud to say that I AM A SURVIVOR! Whatever it is that you are surviving or have survived, be proud of the progress you’ve made and honor your struggle by helping others. You, too, are a survivor!
Blessings, Cindy J