Phoenix high school honors breast cancer survivors on 'Pink-Out Night'

PHOENIX - Lori Meyers remembers that moment like it was yesterday. It was April of 2010, she went for her annual mammogram, the doctor told her he wanted to run a few more tests.

“Right then I knew, that voice inside me, I had that gut feeling what it was,” said Myers.

A lump was found in her breast, and it was cancer.

“It takes you back,” said Meyers.

She was the second administrator at Greenway High School to be diagnosed that year. In February. Judy Dixon was diagnosed with breast cancer as well.

“She took me under her wings and said we’re going to beat this,” said Myers.

Both would go through chemotherapy treatments. Through it all, their Greenway family was by their side.

“We are a big family,” said Meyers.

Meyers’ cancer has been in remission for six years -- a journey that was fought with tears, hugs and love. Meyers smiles widely when remembering the moment her doctor told her there was no evidence of cancer.

“It was music to my ears, it’s what you’ve been waiting to hear,” said Meyers.

The journey for Judy Dixon was much different. Diagnosed with Stage 4 breast cancer she battled for seven months before passing away.

“She was a mom to a lot of people, just the nicest person ever. Everybody loved her,” said Greenway Athletic Director Jeff Feldman.

The year after Dixon passed away, Feldman had an idea to honor her. Feldman started having a pink day at the high school.

“Everyone wears pink,” he said.

The tradition has now become something pretty amazing. At a football game every October, the school honors breast cancer survivors from the community. At Friday night’s game, eight ladies were honored, including Virginia Orr.

“I’ve never had anything like this done for me before,” Orr said.

The mother of three boys Orr was diagnosed in 1980.

“I cried. I cried a lot, it was scary,” said Orr.

On Friday night she walked out onto the green grass at Greenway stadium a survivor.

“This is special,” said Orr.

Members of the Arizona Cardinals were part of the festivities. October is breast cancer awareness month and the NFL is a big supporter. The team is treating the eight ladies to a special dinner on Monday and they will be the team’s guest at an upcoming game.

There are several traditions at Greenway High but few mean more to so many than “Pink-Out Night” in October -- a night that began because of the type of person Judy Dixon was. 

Copyright 2016 KPNX


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