UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Penn State women's basketball pinked out the Bryce Jordan Center Sunday, locked in on finding the cure for breast cancer. In its 12th annual Play4Kay game benefitting Pink Zone, the Nittany Lions hosted 530 survivors for an afternoon filled with celebration.
"I am really pleased with what we do on this day to honor survivors, honor the families that are supporting their loved ones that are going through this and making this day a day they can remember outside of what happens on the court from a basketball standpoint," Penn State head coach Coquese Washington said. "Just knowing that there is a community of people who care and there's a community of people who are working to help make survivors lives better, to make their treatment better and working to find a cure."
From survivors to previvors and those working tirelessly behind the scenes to bring life to such a special event, take a deeper look at some of the storylines from a day dedicated to hope and perseverance.
Checking in with Penn
State's Pink Zone Survivors
Penn State's 530 survivors arrived by bus, entering through a dedicated entrance following registration. At registration, each survivor was given a light up bracelet to shine brightly during halftime recognizing a total number of years each individual is cancer free. Spanning all ages, each survivor has their own story and their own way of inspiring others.
Meet Pink Zone
Coordinator Roberta Hardin
Having once come to the Play4Kay benefitting Pink Zone as a survivor, Roberta Hardin is now helping to pull the event together. As the Pink Zone Survivor Coordinator, Hardin has worked behind the scenes organizing the special day. Hear Hardin's story below.
Pink Zone Previvor Arlene
At the age of 18, Arlene Williams tested positive for a BRCA breast cancer gene mutation that had already made a significant impact on her family. With Williams' mother thankfully a breast cancer survivor, with family history in mind she made the decision to have a prophylactic mastectomy to eliminate her risk. Hear Williams' story below.
Sarah and Lisa McMurtry
Breast cancer touches the lives so many, including the McMurtry family. For Lady Lion senior Sarah McMurtry, each Play4Kay game benefitting Pink Zone means so much more than hoops. Joined by her mother Lisa, a breast cancer survivor, they recap the day.