Today at 5pm, the 7th annual Hoops 4 Hope basketball game will take place at Reynolds Coliseum in Raleigh. The legendary coach of NC State's women's basketball program for 34 years passed away in 2009 after a long battle with breast cancer. I had the privilege of knowing Kay and photographing her at some significant moments in her life. The photograph on the left was shot around 1987, only two weeks after Kay had radical surgery...her first battle with the disease. The photograph on the right was taken in 2008, one of her last portraits to be made.
My own mother had a radical mastectomy in 1975. At 83 years old, she is still here and although dealing with the ravages of getting older...she is still independant and in better shape than many her age. One can beat this disease and live a full life. It's important that those attending the game tonight remember that. Hope lives.