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Interview with Aileen Galley about The Pink Zone

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"Dave Kurten: The 3WZ Medical Minute is brought to you by Mount Nittany Medical Center.  Mount Nittany, Life Forward.  Our guest today is Aileen Galley, administrative director of Penn State’s Cancer Institute of Mount Nittany Medical Center and the chair of the 2011 PINK Zone Committee.  The PINK Zone is our topic today.  Let’s start off by telling everybody exactly what is the PINK Zone. 

GALLEY: I’m glad to.  The PINK Zone is Penn State Lady Lion Basketball’s amazing way to support our community and those that have been affected by breast cancer.  On Sunday, February 27th, 2011, Penn State Lady Lions will play Northwestern for what will be the 5th Annual PINK Zone game.  Of course it’s a way to enjoy great Lady Lion basketball, but more than that, it is a way to come out and honor breast cancer survivors and their families.  It’s also a wonderful outreach effort for us to raise money to support break cancer research, education and Outreach.

Dave Kurten: How is the PINK Zone kicking off this season?

GALLEY: There’s lots of stuff going on.  We’re actually kicking off this weekend at Penn State’s homecoming when Penn State is taking on Illinois at noon, so there will be lots of chances for fans to come out and connect with the Penn State Lady Lions.  From 9-10 AM, members of the Lady Lion basketball are going to be at the TailGreat! which is at the Bryce Jordan Center.  In the arena, they will be there to meet fans and playing pick up with any kids who want to come down to the court and join in.  They’re also having a Hoop Shoot, which is going to be outside the stadium bookstore on Curtain Road and that’s from 9-11 AM, so that’s another chance for fans to get their hands on a basketball.  And for a dollar a shot, or six shots for $5, you will be able to shoot baskets and at 10 AM, the Lady Lions will come over and you will get a chance to meet some of the players. The other big thing that is happening this year is the Homecoming Game is allowing us to unveil our new PINK Zone T-shirt for 2011 and not only will you be able to buy it, but you are going to see some amazing work that happened from some Penn State undergrads that had a class assignment to design this years tee and there were really amazing, creative things that came out of that.

Dave Kurten: What is Mount Nittany Medical Center’s role in the PINK Zone and how will it benefit the medical center?

GALLEY: Well, we were named as one of the beneficiaries of PINK Zone and along with the Pennsylvania Breast Cancer Coalition, Penn State Hershey Medical Center and the Kay Yow Fund.  Lady Lion Basketball has committed $100,000 to our program to allow us to have a cancer resource room which will be in our new cancer center, so it’s just been amazing support.

Dave Kurten: Why is it important for the community to have access to cancer care locally?

GALLEY: Well, you know as well as I that cancer is difficult enough to face and the treatments alone can be debilitating, so having all the services and resources we do at Mount Nittany Medical Center helps people to manager any parts of their disease while still living at home and it reduces the financial toll people would have to face if they were traveling outside of the area.

Dave Kurten: How can community members support the PINK Zone?

GALLEY: There are lots of ways.  One of the things we want to do of course is make sure people come out and support Lady Lion Basketball.  But, we are also raising money for all of the PINK Zone beneficiaries and you can do that by buying tickets to the PINK Zone game.  There is a website that I will give you that allow you to bid on auction items and there will be a lot of PINK Zone fundraisers that will be coming up in the next few months.

Dave Kurten: Where can community members get more information about PINK Zone?

GALLEY: So I mentioned the website.  If you visit www.gopsusports.com/pinkzone you will get up to date information on how to buy tickets and bid on auction items and find out about all of our events.  More than anything, I would like to thank Coach Washington and her team.  They work so hard going to this fifth year to make PINK Zone a success and to really bring to attention the issue of breast cancer, not only in Centre County, but also across the state and our country.  So, they are doing some great work and we are very grateful. 

Dave Kurten: Aileen Galley, Administrative Director of Penn State’s Cancer Institute at Mount Nittany Medical Center and a chair of the 2011 PINK Zone committee has been our guest on this edition of Medical Minute.  Thanks for your time.

GALLEY: Thank you.

Dave Kurten: The 3WZ Medical Minute is brought to you by Mount Nittany Medical Center.  Mount Nittany, Life Forward."  


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