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Interview with Aileen Galley talks about the The Pink Zone

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Medical Minute - 5:22

Steve Williams: It’s the Mount Nittany Medical Minute. We’re with Aileen Galley, the administrative director of the Penn State Hershey Cancer Institute at Mount Nittany Medical Center. Aileen, thanks for joining us today. Appreciate it.

Aileen Galley: Thanks for having me.

Steve Williams: We’re here to talk a little bit about the Pink Zone. Let’s start by asking, what is the Pink Zone?

Aileen Galley: Well, on February 24 of 2013, at 1 p.m., the Penn State Lady Lion basketball team is going to take on Michigan for what will be our 7th annual Pink Zone game. It’s a basketball game that is a true reflection of the support in our community for those who have faced breast cancer. The game day is a culmination of yearlong efforts to raise funds for breast cancer research, treatment and education, but it has become so much more than that. Anyone who has had a breast cancer diagnosis is invited to come for free with tickets for three additional guests. The players all wear pink jerseys, which get auctioned off after the game, and there is an amazing halftime celebration. We also raise money throughout the year with multiple auctions and, after the game, breast cancer survivors and their guests are invited to meet the Lady Lions at a post-game reception. Our new executive director, Miriam Powell and Coach Washington and her team have done just a phenomenal job of making the day a true celebration.

Steve Williams: You mentioned fundraising. What do the Pink Zone funds support?

Aileen Galley: We’re so proud of Mount Nittany Medical Center to be named as the lead beneficiary of this year’s efforts, but in addition to Mount Nittany Medical Center, all the money raised is going to support our cancer program, but also the Penn State Hershey Medical Center for breast cancer research. Money will go to the Pennsylvania Breast Cancer Coalition for their outreach and advocacy efforts, to Lewistown and J.C. Blair hospitals, and also to the Kay Yow Cancer Fund, which is named for Coach Kay Yow, who succumbed to breast cancer just a couple of years ago.

Steve Williams: The Pink Zone will be kicking off in October. How does the Pink Zone help raise money to fight breast cancer?

Aileen Galley: Well, our kickoff is going to be at Penn State’s homecoming game on Saturday, October 6, when Penn State’s taking on Northwestern, so I hope that all your listeners will come out to the tailgate before the game at the Bryce Jordan Center. It will be a chance to meet the Lady Lions and see all the fundraising opportunities, which includes the opportunity to buy the brand-new designed 2013 Pink Zone T-shirt. We’re also looking forward to a new event this year. It’s called ‘The Little Black Dress Goes Pink.’ So, how much fun is that? It’s a fashion show and a wine tasting at Seven Mountains Winery, and we’re holding that on October 18. There’s also a bunch of opportunities to bid online at our auctions. And people can bid on these incredible experience packages that honestly can take you all over the world. So if people want to learn about any of the auctions or any other ways to donate to the cause, you can check out www.gopsusports.com/pinkzone.

Steve Williams: What is Mount Nittany Medical Center’s role in the Pink Zone, and how will it benefit the Medical Center?

Aileen Galley: Well, Mount Nittany Medical Center partnered with Lady Lion basketball seven years ago for the very first Pink Zone game, and our job then was to help really promote the game and identify breast cancer survivors to invite them and their guests to be able to come out and be part of the true celebration. Since that time, we’ve grown to become the lead beneficiary, but also a real partner in fundraising and support. So our staff – throughout the health system –
hold fundraisers to benefit Pink Zone. It culminates in lots of my co-workers and their families coming out to the game. It’s just one of the ways we feel like we can show our support and gratitude for all the Pink Zone and Lady Lion basketball does for our community.

Steve Williams: Why is it important for the community to have access to cancer care locally, and how’s Mount Nittany Medical Center advancing cancer care in the region?

Aileen Galley: Thanks for asking that part of it. I think it’s pretty daunting when you think about a cancer diagnosis. And when people are in cancer treatment, it can be debilitating. It’s also costly. And so, it’s a tremendous help not to have to travel for care. We are so fortunate to have a nationally recognized cancer program right here in State College at Mount Nittany Medical Center. Even more exciting for us is, at the end of this month, we’re getting ready to open the brand-new Lance and Ellen Shaner Cancer Pavilion. We’ve expanded our existing space with a 28,000-square-foot addition, and it’s designed to promote healing in a really comfortable space with many of the services people facing cancer need all under one roof.

Steve Williams: How can community members support the Pink Zone?

Aileen Galley: Well, I hope everyone listening will come out to support Lady Lion basketball this season and attend the Pink Zone game in 2013. We really want to fill the Bryce Jordan Center this year. That in itself is a major support, but year-round, folks can go online and make a contribution to become a sponsor. Of course, I’m hoping to see everybody in town wearing the new Pink Zone T-shirt, which can be purchased at the Penn State bookstore. And we’re also going to have them for sale at Mount Nittany Medical Center.

Steve Williams: Where can community members get more information about Pink Zone?

Aileen Galley: You can go to www.gopsusports.com/pinkzone, and that will get you to the areas where you can learn how to become a sponsor, but also how to buy tickets.

Steve Williams: And where can folks find out more about Mount Nittany Medical Center’s cancer services?

Aileen Galley: You can check out our website, which is www.mountnittany.org – spelled out all as one word. And it’s a great spot to learn more information about breast cancer, get links to other nationally recognized sites about breast cancer, but also to learn about our excitement for the Lance and Ellen Shaner Cancer Pavilion.

Steve Williams: Aileen Galley, thanks for joining us today. Appreciate it.

Aileen Galley: Thanks so much.


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