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Interview with Aileen Galley, Administrative Director of Penn State’s Cancer Institute at Mt. Nittany Medical Center and also chair of the 2010 Pink Zone Committee

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Medical Minute; 3:57

Steve Jones:  This is the 3WZ Medical Minute brought to you by The Mt. Nittany Medical Center – “Mt. Nittany – Life Forward”.  We’re joined by Aileen Galley, she’s here as the Administrative Director of Penn State’s Cancer Institute at Mt. Nittany Medical Center and also chair of the 2010 Pink Zone Committee.  Welcome Aileen, great to have you with us.  So tell us, what is the Pink Zone game?

Aileen Galley:  Thank you Steve for having me.  The Pink Zone game is an amazing event that really let’s our community come together.  On January 24, which is a Sunday, at 1:00 PM and the Bryce Jordan Center, the Penn State Lady Lions are going to be taking on Illinois and it’s for the 4th Annual Pink Zone Game.  This is a basketball game that is a great reflection of the support in our community for all those who have faced breast cancer.  The game is organized to be a fundraiser but it’s just become so much more than that – anyone who has had a breast cancer diagnosis is invited to come for free with three additional tickets for guests, we have the players all wearing pink jerseys and they get auctioned off after the game, and there’s an amazing half time celebration.  There are activities throughout the entire day, including a silent auction, there’s a pink ball launch, and afterwards all the breast cancer survivors and their guests are invited to meet the Lady Lions at a post game reception.  It has been so much fun to help plan this, and all the money that is raised is going to support Mt. Nittany’s Cancer Program; it will go to Hershey Medical Center for breast cancer research, also to the Pennsylvania Breast Cancer Coalition for their outreach and advocacy efforts, and the KL Cancer Fund.  So this is just a great time for me to be able to acknowledge Coach Coquese Washington and her team; they have done such an amazing job of making the day a true celebration.

Dave Kurten:  What is Mt. Nittany’s role with the Pink Zone Game?

Amy Leopard:  Well, 2010 is the first year that Mt. Nittany Medical Center has been named as a beneficiary of the money that gets raised and the Lady Lions themselves have really gotten behind the effort.  They got to vote on how the money that they give us will be used and they’ve decided that they wanted it to be used for education to build a cancer research center.  It’s so important to us that we have that sort of resource available to our community and also just to be able to have local access to cancer care.

Dave Kurten:  Aileen, why is it important to be able to access cancer care locally?

Amy Leopard:  As you know, Steve, since we’ve both had friends and family who have been affected by cancer; it can be so debilitating to go through cancer treatment, and not to mention really costly, and it’s a tremendous help not to have to travel.  We are so fortunate to have a nationally recognized cancer program right here in State College.

Dave Kurten:  Aileen, how can community members support the cause?

Amy Leopard:  Well, I’m glad you asked because there is really something for everyone to do!  Probably the easiest thing is for everyone to get a ticket to the game and come and wear pink.  So if you are interested in getting tickets to the Pink Zone game, you can call 865-5555; if you are a breast cancer survivor, we would love to get free tickets in your hand and survivors can call 863-2673.  Everyone can buy a Pink Zone t-shirt and they are available at the Penn State Book Store for $10.00, with the proceeds going to Pink Zone and there is a really terrific online auction and there’s items ranging from a Joe Paterno signed football to a one week stay anywhere in the world.  You can check out all of the events surrounding Pink Zone and the auction items just by going online and that website is www.gopsusports.com/pinkzone.  There are sponsorships available but more than anything I just want to encourage folks to come out to the game on January 24th.

Dave Kurten:  Aileen, where can community members get more about the Pink Zone?

Amy Leopard:  If they go online to www.gopsusports.com/pinkzone, they’re going to learn everything that they need to know.

Dave Kurten:  Aileen Galley; thanks so much, we’re looking forward to it – January 24th, Bryce Jordan Center, the Lady Lions against Illinois!  This has been the 3WZ Medical Minute brought to you by Mt. Nittany Medical Center – “Mt. Nittany Life Forward”.   


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