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'Sharing Miracles' Television Program to Feature North Carolina State Women's Basketball Coach Kay Yow
Date:2/1/2008

WASHINGTON, Feb. 1 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- This month, Sharing Miracles -- a 30-minute public affairs television program that tells the compelling and inspirational stories of real patients -- will feature North Carolina State University women's basketball coach Kay Yow, the fifth winningest active women's coach in NCAA Division I.

Coach Yow has achieved a tremendous legacy as a women's basketball coach, guiding the Wolfpack to four ACC tournament titles, 11 trips to the Sweet 16, and one trip to the Final Four, and also coaching the 1988 Olympic gold-medal winning U.S. team. She is a member of the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame and, in 2007, was honored with the inaugural Jimmy V ESPY Award for perseverance.

Though Coach Yow is best known for her battles on the court, Sharing Miracles host Billy Tauzin -- a former Congressman and a cancer survivor who is now the President and CEO of the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) -- speaks with her about her battle off the court with breast cancer, which she is currently fighting for the third time. The episode also includes interviews with Coach Yow's sister Deborah Yow, the athletic director at the University of Maryland, College Park, and Phyllis Greenberger, MSW, the President and CEO of the Society for Women's Health Research.

In this month's show, Couch Yow offers some insight into her attitude: "If life kicks you, make sure it kicks you forward." She adds, "Cancer is an example. I have 100 percent control over how I will choose to respond, and I've been fortunate because I've been able to learn how to deal with a lot of pressures on the court. It's definitely helped me."

Previous episodes of Sharing Miracles have featured former White House Press Secretary Tony Snow, who is battling colon cancer; syndicated television talk show host Montel Williams, a multiple sclerosis sufferer; and Telemundo personality Mayte Prida. Future programs will highlight Emmy Award-winning actor Joey Pantoliano, who is most recognizable for his critically-acclaimed performance as "Ralphie Cifaretto" on The Sopranos; Leave it to Beaver television star Jerry Mathers, who is fighting diabetes; pop icon and Broadway star Deborah Gibson, who has suffered from anxiety attacks; and two-time cancer survivor and motivational speaker Sean Swarner, who has climbed the tallest mountains on each of the seven continents in memory of cancer victims. Sharing Miracles is produced by PhRMA's Communications & Public Affairs Department.

Sharing Miracles airs on Sunday mornings on the following network-affiliated stations:

-- WUSA-TV (CBS), Washington, DC, 11:30 am-12 noon

-- WCIA-TV (CBS), Springfield/Champaign/Urbana/Decatur, IL, 10:30 am-11 am

-- WLAJ-TV (ABC), Lansing, MI, 11 am-11:30 am

-- WNYT-TV (NBC), Albany/Schenectady/Troy, NY, 11:30 am-12 noon

-- KOVR-TV (CBS), Sacramento/Stockton/Modesto, CA, 6 am-6:30 am

-- WBRZ-TV (ABC), Baton Rouge, LA, 11 am-11:30 am

-- WAPT-TV (ABC), Jackson, MS, 9 am-9:30 am

-- WOWK-TV (CBS), Charleston/Huntington, WV, 11:30 am-12 noon

-- WSYX-TV (ABC), Columbus, OH, 7:30 am-8 am

-- WNAC-TV (FOX), Providence, RI, 10:30 am-11 am

-- WMTW-TV (ABC), Portland/Augusta, ME, 11:30 am-12 noon

-- KHBB-TV (ABC), Helena/KFBB-TV (ABC), Great Falls, MT, 10 am-10:30 am

-- KIVI-TV (ABC), Boise, ID, 8 am-8:30 am

-- WXIN-TV (FOX), Indianapolis, IN, 11:30 am-12 noon

-- WMBD-TV (CBS), Peoria, IL, 10 am-10:30 am

-- WTWC-TV (NBC), Tallahassee, FL, 10 am-10:30 am

-- WWL-TV (CBS), New Orleans, LA, 7:30 am- 8 am

To correspond with NC State's third annual Hoops for Hope fundraiser and basketball game against Boston College, Sharing Miracles will also air in the Raleigh-Durham area on Sunday, February 10 at 11:30 a.m. on WRAL-TV (FOX).

Also, people around the world are able to view the show each week on PhRMA's Web site, http://www.phrma.org. For free DVDs of Sharing Miracles, please contact the PhRMA press line at 202-835-3460.

The show's corresponding Web site, http://www.sharingmiracles.com, is an interactive forum for people to relate their own personal stories of hope and survival. Every patient's battle is unique, but the collective power of shared experiences can offer great help and courage to others who are fighting for their lives.

For information on how to find patient assistance programs that may meet their needs, patients should call toll-free 1-888-4PPA-NOW (1-888-477-2669) to speak with a trained specialist or visit http://www.pparx.org.

The Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) represents the country's leading pharmaceutical research and biotechnology companies, which are devoted to inventing medicines that allow patients to live longer, healthier, and more productive lives. PhRMA companies are leading the way in the search for new cures. PhRMA members alone invested an estimated $43 billion in 2006 in discovering and developing new medicines. Industry-wide research and investment reached a record $55.2 billion in 2006.

PhRMA Internet Address: http://www.phrma.org

For information on stories of hope and survival, visit: http://sharingmiracles.com/

For information on how innovative medicines save lives, visit: http://www.innovation.org

For information on the Partnership for Prescription Assistance, visit:http://www.pparx.org

For information on the danger of imported drugs, visit: http://www.buysafedrugs.info


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