NEW ROCHELLE, NY - The Iona College men's and women's basketball teams will be hosting an "Awareness Week" with its four games at the Hynes Center between this Wednesday (Feb. 12) and Sunday (Feb. 16). Both programs will be supporting awareness for: the Coaches Cure CF Foundation and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation; the Play 4Kay initiative and the Kay Yow Cancer Fund; and the Prostate Cancer Foundation. The Gaels' opponents - Monmouth, Rider and Saint Peter's - will also be participating in the event when they come to New Rochelle.
Wednesday, Feb. 12 - Iona MBB vs. Saint Peter's - Coaches Cure CF
For the fourth straight year, Iona College men's basketball has aligned itself with the efforts of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation to highlight the awareness platform of Coaches Cure CF. Last season, head coach Tim Cluess and his staff brought awareness by wearing sweat suits for its final six games, including its nationally televised MAAC Championship win over Manhattan and NCAA Championship Second Round appearance vs. Ohio State.
The Iona College alumni family of John and Monica Judge, with sons Chris and Jay, have spearheaded this initiative in honor of their nephew, Alex Tarletsky and his lifelong battle with cystic fibrosis. Wearing sweat suits at Coaches Cure CF Awareness games highlights and honors the dedicated discipline that those who struggle with this life threatening illness must demonstrate every day.
Cystic fibrosis is an inherited chronic disease that affects the lungs and digestive system of about 30,000 children and adults in the United States (70,000 worldwide). A defective gene and its protein product cause the body to produce unusually thick, sticky mucus that clogs the lungs and leads to life-threatening lung infections; and obstructs the pancreas and stops natural enzymes from helping the body break down and absorb food.
Just over two decades ago, the life expectancy of a child with CF was still in the teens. Now patients with cystic fibrosis can expect to attend college and live full lives into their 30’s and beyond. Iona athletics has demonstrated not only a compassion for patients with cystic fibrosis, but have displayed the commitment necessary to bring awareness to this dreadful illness; and hopefully one day a cure.
For more information about the Coaches Cure CF platform, cystic fibrosis, and the May 12, 2014 Alex Tarletsky Invitational Golf Tournament, please visit coachescurecf.org or newjersey.cff.org/coachescurecf.
Friday, Feb. 14 & Sunday, Feb. 16 - Iona WBB vs. Monmouth & Rider - Play 4Kay
In conjunction with the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, Iona, Monmouth and Rider’s women's basketball teams support the efforts of the Kay Yow Cancer Fund which aims to bring awareness to the continuing research going towards finding a cure for a disease affecting nearly 1 in 8 American women in their lifetime.
The nationwide 2014 Play 4Kay initiative is an opportunity for programs to raise breast cancer awareness and funds for research on the court, across campuses, in communities and beyond. Since its inception in 2007, the Play 4Kay initiative has raised over $2.8 million to support women's cancer research. The Kay Yow Cancer Fund is the official charity of the initiative.
Kay Yow, former North Carolina State University head women’s basketball coach, was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 1987, and passed away on January 24, 2009, after facing her third bout with the disease. With the creation of the Fund, Kay hoped to raise money to further cutting-edge research conducted by the nation’s top doctors and medical experts to allow more and more cancer patients to have access to experimental drugs and clinical trials. Since the majority of these research projects are privately funded, these researchers desperately need support in order for them to continue to make strides in finding a cure for cancer.
To date, the Fund has contributed over $3.8 million in support of women's cancer research. Due to a unique partnership with The V Foundation, The Kay Yow Cancer Fund utilizes their Scientific Advisory Board to ensure donations support the cancer research projects with the most potential. Thus, grant recipients funded by the Kay Yow Cancer Fund have remarkable standing within the scientific community.
From Feb. 6 – Feb. 20, all 11 MAAC programs are participating in at least one Play4Kay contest, with both home and away teams supporting the cause by wearing pink t-shirts and other gear.
There’s still much more progress to be made in the scientific community in regards to cancer research. Get involved today by donating online, attending one of our national events, and/or hosting a 4Kay Event in your local community. For more information visit KayYow.com or contact info@KayYow.com.
Friday, Feb. 14 - Iona MBB vs. Monmouth - Prostate Cancer Foundation
Recognizing the tremendous strides women’s basketball as an institution has made in promoting Breast Cancer Awareness among women, the men’s basketball program at Iona has chosen to support a cause which affects more than 2.5 million American males and align itself with the Prostate Cancer Foundation.
Prostate cancer is the most common non-skin cancer in America, affecting 1 in 6 men. In 2014, more than 233,000 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer, and more than 29,000 men will die from the disease. One new case occurs every 2.3 minutes and a man dies from prostate cancer every 16 minutes.
A non-smoking man is more likely to develop prostate cancer than he is to develop colon, bladder, melanoma, lymphoma and kidney cancers combined. In fact, a man is 35% more likely to be diagnosed with prostate cancer than a woman is to be diagnosed with breast cancer.
By wearing blue bow ties Friday night, both the Iona and Monmouth coaching staffs look to raise awareness for the disease. Tables will be set up in the lobby of the Hynes Athletics Center with information on how to support the cause.