Yow's appointment to the elite committee was first recommended by NC State graduate, Richard Parker, who is currently serving as a Deputy White House Liaison with the US Department of Health and Human Services.
In addition, Yow is just one of two general citizens who have personal experience in issues related to breast or cervical cancer early detection and control, serving on the board of 14 members. The other 12 members must be directly experienced in the field of medicine, including public health and behavioral science, epidemiology, radiology, pathology, clinical medical care, health education and surveillance.
Yow, who recently completed her 30th year as head coach at NC State and 34th season overall, announced on Jan. 10, 2005, that she had surgery to remove a tumor in her breast. She was previously diagnosed with breast cancer in 1987. Yow missed two games in January while she attended an eight-day nutritional modification program.
Yow owns a career record of 674-308 in 34 seasons overall and is 617-289 at NC State. The Wolfpack advanced to its 18th NCAA Tournament this season and finished with a 21-8 overall slate and ranked third in the ACC standings with a conference record of 10-4. NC State's 21 wins marked the 20th time in the program's 31-year history with 20 or more victories, all under the tutelage of Yow.