Orlando Magic Hosts “Pink in the Paint” Night
presented by Florida Hospital
-Five dollars from every ticket purchased to the Oct. 20 game throughorlandomagic.com/pink will support the funding of mammograms; Magic encourage fans to wear pink to Oct. 20 game-
The Orlando Magic and Florida Hospital have teamed up to host Pink in the Paint Breast Cancer Awareness Night on October 20 at the Magic vs. Pistons matchup, tip-off set for 6:00 p.m. The night will feature a “VIP Pink” pregame reception for more than 100 breast cancer survivors, pink Magic T-shirts to the first 4,000 fans, “bam-bam” sticks at the door to the next 5,000 fans and the Magic coaching staff will wear pink ties during the game. Six Central Florida breast cancer survivors will be the featured honorees at the game (story at bottom) taking part in the high-five lineup with the players during introductions. FanFest outside on Church Street pregame will include Florida Hospital’s Pink Army mobile mammogram unit for mammograms on-site, local breast cancer awareness groups’ information tables, games and a DJ. The Magic are also encouraging fans to wear pink to the game.
Leading up to the night, the Magic will donate five dollars for every ticket purchased throughorlandomagic.com/pink to support the funding of mammograms and treatment for underserved women in Orlando. With Central Florida holding the highest rate of stage IV breast cancer in the state, the Magic’s “Pink in the Paint” Night presented by Florida Hospital provides a way to continue the team’s health and wellness efforts, one of the Magic’s three community focus areas.
Big Magic Surprise for Six Courageous Women
Orlando Magic Community Ambassadors Nick Anderson (right), Bo Outlaw (left) and Magic Assistant Director of Community Relations Latria Leak (far right) along with breast cancer survivors Liz Duncan, Becky Mulligan, Asja Cotton, Jeri Francoeur, Mandy Kimmer and Tai Harden-Moore at a special reception hosted by Florida Hospital. Each of these women will be honored and hosted at the October 20 Magic vs. Pistons game as part of the Magic’s Pink in the Paint Night presented by Florida Hospital. Photo taken by Gary Bassing.
Orlando Magic Community Ambassador Nick Anderson gives one of the six honorees a hug at a special reception hosted by Florida Hospital. Each of these women will be honored and hosted at the October 20 Magic vs. Pistons game as part of the Magic’s Pink in the Paint Night presented by Florida Hospital. Photo taken by Gary Bassing.
By Josh Cohen, orlandomagic.com
Often the most gratifying and inspiring stories in sports are when admired athletes overcome the most daunting of challenges. Take Magic Johnson, for instance. Sure, he’s honored for all the MVPs, championships, All-Star Game appearances and other accolades throughout his playing career. But really, his unwillingness to surrender to an assumed-to-be life-ending disease is what’s adored the most.
Or Eric Davis, who didn’t let an unfortunate sickness ruin his love to play baseball. Despite being diagnosed with colon cancer during the 1997 MLB season, Davis would return that same year and hit a game-winning homerun in the playoffs.
It’s that kind of bravery that the Orlando Magic marvel at as well. So much so that they partnered with Florida Hospital recently to honor and reward six amazing women who all overcame an incredibly difficult barrier. And like those star athletes who are applauded and appreciated time and time again for their courage and fortitude, the same can be done for these strong and resilient women.
They each were once breast cancer patients. Now, they are survivors and heroes. And onOctober 20 at Amway Center when the Magic host the Detroit Pistons in preseason action, they will be acknowledged, each of them, for their big victories.
The honorees of “Pink in the Paint” night – Liz Duncan, Becky Mulligan, Asja Cotton, Jeri Francoeur, Mandy Kimmer and Tai Harden-Moore – learned of this on Thursday, Oct. 3 when Magic Community Ambassadors Nick Anderson and Bo Outlaw surprised them with the exciting news.
Not only will all six women attend the game but they also will participate in the Magic’s player introductions and will be recognized at a pregame reception and during a special halftime presentation.
“Now that we have all the awareness and the support it is just so exciting to be a part of it,” said Cotton, who works for Florida Hospital as a mammography technician and is also a personal fitness trainer. “I can’t wait to see STUFF (Magic mascot) dance.”
“I’m filled with emotion, this is really special,” said Mulligan, a breast cancer survivor of four years. “Each day is a blessing and I feel like a stronger person because of what I went through.”
For 25 years, the Magic have assisted in enriching the lives of many throughout Central Florida. Anderson, a Magic legend on the court and an even bigger guidance off of it, has helped aid thousands of people since becoming a Magic community ambassador.
“To put a smile on a face is special,” Anderson said. “Attending these events puts things in perspective about life. I say be grateful, be thankful.”