I think as sports fans, we can get too caught up in many trivial things. Who won the game last night? Who is the best team in the NCAA? Who is better, Crosby or Ovechkin? Will Tim Tebow be an NFL quarterback?
But there are moments that sports can stop you dead in your tracks and give you a shocking look at reality. That is what happened to me today.
As a person who has had to deal with breast cancer in my own family, the news that Kay Yow had lost her long battle with the disease was very depressing for me. From someone that had been a foundation for women's basketball for decades, a very strong willed and healthy person, it shows that cancer can truly take even the best of us.
However, even if she lost the battle, she was very noble in defeat. This was an individual that took cancer head on, fighting it three separate times over the course of 20 years. She never gave up and was an inspiration to the near millions struggling with it today. And even after a very successful coaching career and a gold medal, in my eyes, that will be more impressive than any of her other accomplishments.
The good news we can take from today is that even though she passed away, her legacy will never die. The Jimmy V foundation has started a fund in her honor that will ensure she continues to fight this disease even after it took her life.
So instead of mourning Kay Yow, I urge all of you to reflect on those still fighting cancer and the families who support them. They are the ones that need your help. Jim Valvano and Kay Yow are both gone, but we can make sure they did not die in vein. Please visit the Jimmy V foundation at jimmyv.org and donate whatever you can. That is what she, and the millions of others who have passed away, would want us to do.
Finally, to all of those still fighting I wish you the best of luck. And Kay Yow, may you rest in peace knowing there are still soldiers fighting to rid the world of this disease.