Pink Zone Game Celebrates Breast Cancer Survivors

By Mallory Lane

Published 02/16 2014 07:09PM

Updated 02/17 2014 12:43AM

PENN STATE, UNIVERSITY PARK - It's a time to celebrate survivors and remember those who have lost their battles with breast cancer.

Sunday's 8th Annual Pink Zone game at the Bryce Jordan Center on Penn State's main campus was a record breaker, with nearly 700 survivors present.

Sunday, it's all about celebration.

"For some it's been months, for others, it's been years," Emcee and WTAJ News Anchor, Carolyn Donaldson, said.

698 breast cancer survivors from all walks of life are coming together at the BJC.

"I had the operation 34 years ago," State College resident and survivor, Martha Frye, said.

Frye is 91 years old.

"They took the one breast off and I always figured they wouldn't have to," she said.

Frye is a 34 year survivor, with four generations together Sunday to celebrate.

"Love it," she said. "It's nice to be a survivor. I always figured I was going to be a survivor."

Others, like Kenneth Mitchell's mother, weren't so lucky.

"I was in the Marine Corps, I was 20 years old at the time when it was somewhat terminal," he Mitchell said. "I ended up coming home and doing the best we could with that whole situation."

Mitchell's daughter, Kaliyah, plays for Penn State.

"Back then, when we were going through it, we just didn't know to what extent there was support for us," Mitchell said. "To come to an event like this and see there is support, a lot more support, it's great."

Their family finds common ground with fellow teammate Peyton Whitted's family. Her grandmother is a four year survivor of breast cancer.

"I never noticed it before, until I became a breast cancer survivor, that there are as many survivors, instead of just victims," Lillie McKinley, said.

Peyton's family is cheering her on Sunday, both on the floor and in spirit.

"Her grandfather, my husband, he didn't make it," McKinley said. "He had lung cancer, he didn't make it, but I'm here and I know he's here watching."

The total number of years of survivorship represented at Sunday's Pink Zone game was 3,499 years and six months.

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