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Funeral for NC State's Kay Yow to be held Friday

CARY, N.C. - Fans will get the chance to say goodbye tolongtime North Carolina State women's basketball coach Kay Yow onFriday.

Yow died last weekend after a two-decade fight against cancer. Aviewing is scheduled for Friday morning, followed by the funeral.Both will be held at Colonial Baptist Church in Cary and are opento the public. Yow will be buried Saturday in her hometown ofGibsonville.

Yow was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1987, yet went on tolead the U.S. Olympic team to the gold medal the next year. She wonmore than 700 games in her career and was inducted into theNaismith Hall of Fame in 2002.

But for many, Yow was best known for her unwavering resolvewhile fighting cancer, which recurred during the 2004-05 season andhad lingered in the years since. She raised awareness and money forresearch while staying with her team through the debilitatingeffects of the disease and chemotherapy treatments.

She had to take a four-game leave in December due to what wasdescribed as extremely low energy. She announced shortly after thenew year that she would not return this season. She soon entered ahospital for treatment and spent about a week there before shedied. She was 66.

Friday's events are part of an emotionally draining week for theplayers and coaches she left behind at N.C. State. On Monday, theteam went to an area mall to pick out clothes for Yow's funeral, achore that interim coach Stephanie Glance said was easier to dotogether than individually.

The team returned to practice Tuesday, then attended the campustribute ceremony at Reynolds Coliseum, home of "Kay Yow Court,"Wednesday night. The next day, the team played its first game sinceher death, falling to Boston College 62-51.

At each public event, there have been numerous fans wearing pink-- the color of breast cancer awareness -- and eager to share theirstories of how Yow inspired them while battling the disease.

She spent 38 season as a coach, 34 with N.C. State. She won fourACC tournament championships, earned 20 NCAA tournament bids andreached the Final Four in 1998.

Yow took a 16-game leave to focus on her health during the2006-07 season. Her return that year sparked an emotionallate-season run to the NCAA tournament's round of 16.

She also served on the board of the V Foundation for CancerResearch, which was founded by ESPN and her friend and colleague,former N.C. State men's coach Jim Valvano, who died of cancer in1993.

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