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UVa. Offering Free Basketball Tickets for Cancer Patients, Survivors

Feb. 4, 2014

February 4th is World Cancer Day, an opportunity to educate everyone about the disease.

The University of Virginia is participating by giving away free basketball tickets to cancer patients and survivors.

The UVa. Cancer Center is partnering with UVa. women's basketball to host the Play4Kay event on Feb. 16th. The event honors Kay Yow, former North Carolina State University head women’s basketball coach, who was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 1987, and passed away on January 24, 2009.

Patients, survivors and their families will get free general admission to the women's basketball game against Virginia Tech. at the John Paul Jones Arena on Feb.16th. The game is scheduled to start at 2 p.m., doors open at 12:30 p.m.

Organizers say it's a great way to celebrate the advancements in cancer research, and discuss hopes for the future.

"We've made great progress in treating and curing cancer, but it's still an important and potentially deadly diagnosis," said Reid B. Adams, MD. "So this is an opportunity for families, and their caregivers, as well as health professionals to discuss cancer care, and the aspects that will help lead to early diagnosis, and the ability to treat more and cure patients of cancer."

Cancer patients, survivors and their families can get their free tickets by going to virginiasports.com and enter the code PLAY4KAY at the online ticket office. If you have questions, please call the ticket office at 434-542-8821

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