Purple Out For Kayla Nakonechni Declared For Illinois Game
To celebrate the life of Kayla Nakonechni, the football game this Saturday against Illinois will be a purple out. Penn State fans are encouraged to wear two different colors to the noon game: purple and gray. Purple is the color for All Cancer Awareness, as well as Kayla’s favorite color. Gray is the color for Brain Cancer Awareness, since Nakonechni was diagnosed with Stage Four Astrocytoma in 2013.
Nakonechni passed away earlier this month. She was actively involved in THON even before her diagnosis, and even danced in THON in 2013 after raising $13,000 independently. Nakonechni was also a regular camper at Nittanyville. She graduated with a degree in Biology from Penn State in December 2014. Before the cancer returned, Nakonechni planned to attend graduate school.
To learn more about the purple out, visit the Facebook event here.
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