Illinois State’s Mennonite College of Nursing and Redbird Athletics will host a reception before the Redbird women’s basketball team’s Play 4Kay game to support the Kay Yow Cancer Fund.

Cancer survivors, those currently battling cancer of all kinds, and their families are invited to attend this event. Members of the Student Nurses Association will also be volunteering for these events.

When: Friday, February 5; reception from 6–7 p.m and the game (Illinois State vs. Indiana State) starting at 7 p.m.
Where: Redbird Arena, reception in the Legends Room
The Kay Yow Cancer Fund was officially founded on December 3, 2007, from the vision of the organization’s namesake Kay Yow, former North Carolina State University head women’s basketball coach. Kay Yow was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 1987, and passed away on January 24, 2009, after facing her third bout with the disease. The Kay Yow Cancer Fund has contributed over $5.1 million to cancer research to date.

Play 4Kay Pink Game

Tickets for the Play 4Kay game are only $1. To purchase tickets in advance of the game, contact the Illinois State Athletics Ticket Office online at, by phone at (309) 438-8000, or in person at one of the Athletics Ticket Offices located at Redbird Arena and Hancock Stadium, which are open from 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday to Friday.

Tickets can also be purchased on the day of the game at the north and east doors to Redbird Arena.

“MCN has worked with Redbird Athletics for several years to provide this pregame reception for cancer survivors and those currently battling cancer,” said H. Catherine Miller, interim dean. “We encourage our alumni, students and friends to attend the game and wear PINK! We will be sitting in section ‘N’ for nursing!”

Cancer survivors can receive free admission for themselves and a guest if they register in advance online at by January 29.


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