PFW goes pink for breast cancer survivors at annual event

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) — The Gates Center at Purdue University Fort Wayne will turn pink in support breast cancer awareness Saturday.

Purdue Fort Wayne hosted their annual “Pink Out” event in the International Ballroom of Walb Student Union. The day featured a luncheon for breast cancer survivors ahead of the Lady Dons hitting the hardwood in pink uniforms to face off against Omaha. An on-court ceremony at halftime honored the survivors. Money raised from day goes to benefit breast cancer research through Vera Bradley.

“We’ve raised money for breast cancer research and it goes to the Vera Bradley Foundation Center for Breast Cancer Research and Indiana University School of Medicine,” said Lynda Houk, Exec. Director for the foundation. “We actually have one of our researchers here today to share some of the advancements and stories she can share with survivors of what’s going down in the research.”

PFW has other events throughout the year that do raise money for breast cancer, but there is something extra special about the Pink Out.

“There’s a certain energy at today’s game,” said PFW Athletic Director Kelley Hartley Hutton. “Everybody’s wearing pink, cheering for the Mastodons and of course when the survivors walk in it’s a pretty special moment too. It’s special because of the faces you see around the room today and the symbol of strength and hope to all of us.”

It is encouraging for survivors to see the support from the Mastadons, but for those like Stephanie Brown, a survivor attending the Pink Out for her first time, it is also empowering to be able to make a difference in the lives of future breast cancer survivors.

“To support it and be able to be a part of something so special, to give back to the survivors research for our future young women and men that come up with breast cancer,” said Brown. “This is their future.”

Tickets for the luncheon sold for $20, which includes admission to the game. A dollar from every ticket will go to the Vera Bradley Foundation for Breast Cancer Research.

WANE 15 is a proud sponsor of Pink Out. Alyssa Ivanson was the emcee for the luncheon. Survivors who pre-registered will receive free admission to the luncheon, the game, and received a free gift.

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