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East Kentucky University women's basketball team to spread breast cancer awareness

The next two games for the East Kentucky University women's basketball team will be covered in pink. The team will be wearing pink shooting shirts along with shoelaces to support breast cancer awareness this upcoming week, according to the university's website.

"Breast cancer awareness is something that our staff and team take very seriously," EKU Head Coach Chrissy Roberts told the news source. "Many of us within the program have been touched by the impact this disease has had on our families and friends.  I encourage all Lady Colonel fans to join us in wearing pink throughout the day on Thursday."

College basketball teams across the country will be doing the same throughout the month as a part of the Play4Kay initiative, which is dedicated to the late North Carolina State University head coach Kay Yow, who lost her battle to breast cancer in 2009.

According to the American Cancer Society, one in eight women in the U.S. will be diagnosed with breast cancer at some point during her lifetime. Not only is it the second most common form of cancer among women behind skin cancer, but it is the second leading cause of cancer-related death among women, following only lung cancer. 
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