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BJC Packed With Pink, $200K Raised For Breast Cancer Research

by on March 02, 2015 6:30 AM

Just one week ago, the Bryce Jordan Center floor was packed with Penn State students, alumni, and Four Diamonds families ahead of the announcement that over $13 million was raised in the fight against pediatric cancer.

On Sunday afternoon, you wouldn't have known that THON ended if it wasn't for the beautifully bright sea of pink that filled the arena. 

At the annual Pink Zone game, hosted at the BJC by the Lady Lions, it was announced that over $200,000 was raised for breast cancer research. The arena floor was a sight to see during a special halftime ceremony at the ninth annual Pink Zone event. 

Famous R&B singer Kathy Sledge was on hand to sing "We Are Family," a track made famous by her family band Sister Sledge. More than 650 breast cancer survivors were in attendance at Saturday's game, and they just about filled the entire arena floor for the halftime celebration.

The survivors each held cards to commemorate how long it's been since their battle against cancer ended. The numbers ranged from decades with a cancer-free diagnosis to less than a year.

"Pink Zone is an event that inspires," says Megan Weber, director of community fundraising at Penn State Hershey Medical Center. "It inspires breast cancer survivors, along with their family and friends, to join together and continue raising awareness and funds for the fight against breast cancer. It inspires others who are currently battling breast cancer, and the entire Penn State community to stand by these individuals and show their support of finding a cure for breast cancer." 

The Pink Zone has now raised over $1.3 million in its nine years of existence through donations and ticket sales. The funds go to six beneficiaries including Penn State Hershey, where they are put into an endowment that supports researchers at the hospital's Cancer Institute.

The Lady Lions donned pink jerseys in lieu of their usual blue and white for the game. Despite losing to Wisconsin by a score of 62-65 in their final regular season game of the year, the Lady Lions did have one bright spot to celebrate on Sunday as their charity had another successful year. 

It was also Senior Day for the Lady Lions, and Tori Waldner had a solid game in her final appearance, scoring 12 points for the home squad. Sierra Moore was the high scorer for the Lions with 17 points, adding a team-high 14 rebounds for a double-double. Penn State finished 6-23 on the season with a 3-15 Big Ten record.

 

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Zach Berger is the managing editor of StateCollege.com. He graduated from Penn State University in 2014 with a degree in print journalism. Zach enjoys writing about a variety of topics ranging from football to government, music, and everything in between.
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