Moffitt Cancer Center Receives $250,000 Grant From the Kay Yow Cancer Fund

February 23, 2015

TAMPA, Fla. – The Kay Yow Cancer Fund®, in partnership and collaboration with The V Foundation for Cancer Research, has awarded a $250,000 ovarian cancer research grant to Moffitt Cancer Center. Also in partnership with The V Foundation, the Kay Yow Cancer Fund announced the launch of a fundraising campaign, with the goal to raise an additional $1 million in support of a Moffitt ovarian cancer research grant project. This research grant proposal was submitted after a national request for proposals, issued by the Kay Yow Cancer Fund in conjunction with The V Foundation, and it was awarded based on the strong merits of Moffitt’s proposal and research plan.


The Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) is a valued partner of the Kay Yow Cancer Fund. In recognition of the women’s basketball community’s support for Coach Kay Yow and the Kay Yow Cancer Fund, the Fund supports a women’s cancer research grant at an institution based in the host city of the annual NCAA Women’s Final Four®. This year’s grant is awarded to Moffitt to continue research on the benefits of personalizing the care of older women with ovarian cancer.

Susan Donohoe, Executive Director of the Kay Yow Cancer Fund, presented Martine Extermann, M.D., Ph.D., with a check at a news conference today at the National Collegiate Athletic Association Women’s Final Four press conference at Moffitt.

“Ovarian cancer is the fifth most common cause of cancer death in women, and the survival rate for older women with ovarian cancer is markedly worse than it is for younger women,” Donohoe said. “TheKay Yow Cancer Fund has awarded a grant in each Women’s Final Four city since 2009. The V Foundation Scientific Advisory Committee and Kay Yow Cancer Fund Research Grant Committee reviewed Dr. Extermann’s proposal and felt strongly that the research project is very meritorious of this funding support. Research programs such as this one are critical as we continue to search for the cure.”

“As Coach Yow founded the Kay Yow Cancer Fund in 2007, she committed the Fund to supporting women’s cancer research,” said Stephanie Glance, Head Women’s Basketball Coach at Columbia University and President of the Kay Yow Cancer Fund. “It is fitting to present a research grant to Dr. Martine Extermann and Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, the host city of the 2015 Women’s Final Four. This research grant will continue the legacy of Coach Yow and the Fund’s mission of supporting women’s cancer research. ”

“I’m truly honored to receive such a generous award from the Kay Yow Cancer Fund,” said Martine Extermann, M.D., Ph.D., a medical oncologist in the Senior Adult Oncology Program at Moffitt. “Without support like this, it would be impossible to further my research in the area of cancer in the aging women’s population. With this support, we hope to better understand why ovarian cancer is more aggressive in older women and find treatments to fight those deleterious age-related mechanisms so that these women can live longer.”

About The Kay Yow Cancer Fund
The Kay Yow Cancer Fund was officially founded on Dec. 3, 2007, from the vision of the organization’s namesake Kay Yow, former NC State University head women’s basketball coach. Coach Yow was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 1987 before succumbing to the disease on Jan. 24, 2009. The Kay Yow Cancer Fund is a 501 (c)(3) charitable organization committed to being a part of finding an answer in the fight against women’s cancers through raising money for scientific research, assisting the underserved, and unifying people for a common cause. For more information on the Kay Yow Cancer Fund or to make a donation, please visit www.KayYow.com.

About Moffitt Cancer Center
Located in Tampa, Moffitt is one of only 41 National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers, a distinction that recognizes Moffitt’s excellence in research, its contributions to clinical trials, prevention and cancer control. Moffitt is the top-ranked cancer hospital in the Southeast and has been listed in U.S. News & World Report as one of the “Best Hospitals” for cancer care since 1999. With more than 4,500 employees, Moffitt has an economic impact in Florida of nearly $1.6 billion. For more information, visit MOFFITT.org, and follow the Moffitt momentum on FacebookTwitter and YouTube.

About The V Foundation for Cancer Research
The V Foundation for Cancer Research was founded in 1993 by ESPN and the late Jim Valvano, legendary North Carolina State basketball coach and ESPN commentator. Since 1993, The Foundation has funded more than $130 million in cancer research grants nationwide. It awards 100 percent of all direct cash donations to cancer research and related programs. Due to generous donors, the Foundation has an endowment that covers administrative expenses. The Foundation awards peer-reviewed grants through a competitive awards process strictly supervised by a Scientific Advisory Committee. For more information on The V Foundation, please visit www.jimmyv.org.

About The Women’s Basketball Coaches Association
Founded in 1981, the Women's Basketball Coaches Association promotes women's basketball by unifying coaches at all levels to develop a reputable identity for the sport and to foster and promote the development of the game as a sport for women and girls. For more information on the WBCA, please visit www.wbca.org.

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