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Lady Lions Donate $260,000 to Multiple Breast Cancer Charities

by on June 23, 2013 1:30 PM

The fight against breast cancer continues for the Penn State Lady Lion basketball team.

A record-breaking $260,000 was donated by the Lady Lions to six breast cancer charities. The funds were raised at the 2013 Pink Zone at Penn State, which took place at the Bryce Jordan Center on February 24.

“Pink Zone continues to grow and be of tremendous impact to our community,” Lady Lion Basketball head coach Coquese Washington said. “It's wonderful that our fans support our program and this cause in such significant fashion.”

The money raised at the event was donated to Mount Nittany Medical Center, Penn State Hershey Cancer Institute, PA Breast Cancer Coalition, Kay Yow Fund, J.C. Blair Memorial Hospital and Lewistown Hospital for breast cancer research and awareness.

“We are incredibly humbled and deeply grateful to receive such a tremendous gift from the Pennsylvania Pink Zone,” said Steve Brown, FACHE, president and CEO at Mount Nittany Health. The center will use this year’s Pink Zone donation to fund a position for a breast health navigator to lead efforts for breast health navigation, education and outreach.

With this year’s donation, the Lady Lions have helped raise a total of $825,317 for various breast cancer charities after seven annual Pink Zone events.

"Words really cannot describe the feeling we had this year when we realized we had surpassed our fundraising goal,” Pink Zone at Penn State Executive Director Miriam Powell said. “Last year we had hoped to raise $250,000 but fell short in the end with a net total of $203,000. This ignited the spark to make 2013 a monumental effort and we did it.”

“I am amazed and grateful for our small army of dedicated volunteers…we all worked together for this great cause. This is tremendous evidence of Penn State's ‘One Team’ philosophy."

Click HERE for more information about Pink Zone.

Shawn Christ is a recent Penn State graduate who is working as an intern for
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