Chrys Peterson to Recognize Survivors at Annual WBCA Pink Zone Game

ADRIAN, Mich. – The Adrian College Bulldogs are excited to announce the addition of WTOL anchor, Chrys Peterson to the “Pink Zone” Basketball Game festivities on February 4th. Ms. Peterson is expected to recognize survivors prior to tip-off and speak briefly words of hope and encouragement.

For 17 years, Chrys Peterson has been the face of WTOL news, anchoring the 5, 6 & 11 PM newscasts. A Virgina native, Peterson attended James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications.

Ms. Peterson is actively involved in breast cancer awareness projects. Since 1995 she has served as Honorary Chairperson for the Northwest Ohio Komen Race for the Cure for Breast Cancer- during which time, the event has grown from 600 to 18,000 participants. She spearheaded a campaign called “Friends for Life,” a program that encourages monthly self-breast examination. These initiatives as well as her tireless campaign for breast cancer awareness have been influential in her receiving two prestigious Emmy Awards for Community Service. She is a frequent emcee and speaker at community events.

Chrys’ husband Tom Runnells is the bench coach for the Colorado Rockies baseball team.  They have one daughter, Riley, who’s 11.

The Adrian College Women’s Basketball team will be hosting the third annual Pink Zone game on Saturday, February 4th at 3:00 P.M. against Trine University. The event will be held at the Merillat Sport & Fitness Center on the College campus. The game is hosted by the WBCA’s “Pink Zone” initiative and will benefit the Hickman Cancer Center in Adrian, Michigan to aid patients in offsetting the cost of medical expenses not covered by insurance.

This year’s Pink Zone event will host an array of activities with proceeds being donated to the Pink Zone initiative. Included in an effort to raise funds: a jewelry sale, bake sale, face painting, and pink hair spray by 110 Madison Ave. Salon. A silent auction is slated to begin at 2:00 P.M. A performance by the Adrian College Dance Team is slated for halftime with a chance to win a visa gift card or plane ticket.

The WBCA Pink Zone initiative is a global, unified effort designed to increase awareness of breast cancer, as well as raise funds for research initiatives. Inaugurated in 2007, the program has grown to over 1,800 participants with over $4 million dollars raised. Breast cancer is the second leading cause of death for all women, and the leading cause of cancer death in women between the ages of 20 and 59.

Survivors interested in being recognized at this year’s event are asked to contact Cindy Beaubien at (517) 264-3877 or