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Breast cancer survivors met with sea of pink at OU's Play4Kay game

It was sea of pink at Lloyd Noble Center. Fans were encouraged to wear pink in support of OU's annual Play4Kay game. Its special guest was a large group of women who had one thing in common, they're all breast cancer survivors.

“I've been a breast cancer survivor 15 years,” said breast cancer survivor Ardecy Gyce.

It's a unique story each woman can tell that sounds all too familiar.

“I have been a survivor for 19 years. Actually I had breast cancer twice,” survivor Susan Arn said.

More than one hundred breast cancer survivors got the pink carpet treatment before the Sooner women's basketball game Saturday morning. One by one, each survivor got a pink t-shirt with a number on the back showing how long they've been a breast cancer survivor as well as a meal.

The Sooner Stilettos have been involved in the Pink Out or Play4Kay for the past 12 years.

“This is one of our very favorite events because it's an opportunity to give back to women who have been so courageous that are survivors,” said Sooner Stilettos president Lindy Ritz

Meet one of those courageous survivors, Lorri Davies.

“When I was 41, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. I had a mastectomy,” Davies said. “I've had several problems with it. I've had reconstruction.”

Yet, she's still standing strong with her family.

“My mother was diagnosed a few months before I was. So we were both going through similar journys together,” Davies said.

She's one of the five breast cancer survivors who got a unique pink carpet treatment.

“We got to attend practice. We got a signed basketball by the team and coach Coale,” said Davies. “She came over and all the team came over and it was really neat.”

Those five women were nominated by a friend or family member to get the exclusive two-day pink carpet treatment.

“I thought of all the times since then Susan has talked to breast cancer survivors and women who are just starting the process. And how I know it must affect them the same way,” said friend of breast cancer survivor, Jackie Farley.

So she nominated her good friend, Susan Arn.

“To talk with the other ladies, it's been a great two-day event. I enjoyed it a lot,” Arn said.

Those five women joined the rest of the large group where they walked out on the court, holding a massive breast cancer survivor ribbon.

“At this time we would like to welcome to the floor, the real heroes of today's game. Over 100 cancer survivor from around our state,” said the announcer of the Sooners women's basketball game.

“That's why an event like this is so encouraging to see all of the survivors,” Arn said.

An event honoring those who have fought their battle and those who are still fighting.

“At the end of the month of June in 2017, our team will have given $4,125,” said the announcer.

“It's so good for the university to have this to make other people,” Arn said. “Especially young people, aware of what breast cancer is and it could happen at a young age too.”

These breast cancer survivors said it's imperative to get yourself checked out.

“Everybody knows somebody that's had cancer of some kind, breast cancer,” said Davies. “People just need to make sure they're checked out.”

The one thing to take from this event is to get your checkups. Breast cancer survivors say there's no age limit of when you can get diagnosed.

According to breastcancer.org, 1 in 8 women will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her life. In 2017, 255,180 new invasive breast cancer cases are expected to be diagnosed in women in the U.S. That also includes 63,410 new non-invasive cases.

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