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Jeff Gravley

Hoops 4 Hope

Posted February 14, 2012
Updated February 15, 2012

Some of the best fighters in the world were on display this past Sunday and not one of them ever threw a punch.  They were breast cancer survivors taking part in Hoops 4 Hope at NC State.

The event was started by Hall of Fame basketball coach Kay Yow during her battle with breast cancer and it continues after her passing. Coach Yow wanted to raise awareness, raise money and celebrate the survivors. Hoops 4 Hope reaches a crescendo when those brave souls who have been attacked by cancer, burned by radiation and weakened by chemotherapy take center court at Reynolds Coliseum during halftime.   

It is always an emotional moment for those who walk and those who watch. 

I have attended four Hoops 4 Hope games and each time I come away with a greater appreciation and admiration for the ladies draped in pink. 

This year I was especially grateful for people like Coach Yow who have helped bring the fight against breast cancer to the forefront. I'm grateful for the many doctors who have put their time and effort into research and treatment. 

I'm so grateful because at this year's Hoops 4 Hope, I watched my wife stand among the survivors. She was fortunate to have found cancer in the early stages and continues to proceed nicely down the road of recovery.

On Sunday at Reynolds, she wore a white shirt with a big, bright, pink heart on the front. On the back our daughter wrote one of Coach Yow's favorite sayings, "When life kicks you, let it kick you forward." 

I'll close with another great message from Coach Yow. "I feel like I had zero control over getting cancer," she said. "But I have 100 percent control over how I will respond to dealing with cancer."  We saw that Sunday at Hoops 4 Hope. That's how you leave a legacy. Thank you Coach Yow. 

 

 

 

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  • jbritt Mar 21, 4:16 p.m.

    Ccn you believe that I had not read this post until today? I've been very busy!! My prayers are with you and your wife as she takes this journey. I wish her health and healing!!

  • etfuller Feb 15, 12:08 p.m.

    What a GREAT story. This event is truly a very heart warming experience & I shed tears every year when I walk out on the center of the court. What a blesssing to be surrounded by so many brave women who are dressed in pink to celebrate what we are all fighting for to find a CURE! Thanks to WRAL for all the support & Jeff it was so nice to meet you.

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