There was no shortage of pink outside of the HUB Sunday morning (April 12) as many students, staff, alumni, and community members participated in the Morgan Stanley Pink Zone 1-Mile Run.
While breast cancer awareness month takes place during the month of October, Pink Zone, a Penn State student run organization that teams up with Pennsylvania Pink Zone, holds events all throughout the year raise money and to support all those who have battled breast cancer as well as anyone who has been effected by breast cancer. And Pink Zone could not have picked a better day to host this event. After raining all week, the weather in State College finally broke, with lots of sun and not a single cloud in the sky.
During each of the three heats of the run, participants seemed to be infected by the warm weather. “The energy walking down Pollock road is so positive that the sun seems to shine a little brighter,” commented one of the participants as they walked past.
One of Morgan Stanley’s financial advisors, Erick Loop, stopped along his race to the finish line to speak with Valley.
“Cancer touches so many people’s lives if you live long enough unfortunately. While my mother died of a different form of cancer, this is such a great cause to support,” said Loop.
“Watching the cancer survivors and their families participate in this event is really inspiring, especially on a day like today where the weather is nice and they all have smiles on their faces,” commented junior Ade Wesely
As Erick and all the other participants crossed the finish line, they were not only greeted with hugs and smiles, but live music, food and games.
Entertainment was provided by local radio station B94.5. Penn State alumni and host of B94.5 Morning show, Angela Steco cheered on participants as they crossed finish line.
“The station has been to a lot of Pink Zone events,” Commented Steco. “We always try to come out and support the runners and play music to get the runners pumped up for the race.”
Participants also enjoyed other activities like “bra-pong”, raffles, and face painting for the younger participants.