News | Published February 20, 2012 | Written by Aileen S. Galley, ACSW, LSW, administrative director, Cancer Program at Mount Nittany Medical Center, chair of the 2012 Pink Zone Committee

Getting in the Pink Zone

Our community members will have cause for celebration when they attend the Penn State Lady Lions' annual Pink Zone basketball game on Sunday, February 26, 2012.

Now in its sixth year, the Penn State Pink Zone is an active not-for-profit organization guided by Executive Director Miriam Powell. Together with a strong board of directors that is led by Lady Lions Head Coach Coquese Washington, Powell has reaffirmed the Pink Zone's commitment to use fundraising efforts to support the treatment, research, education and outreach needed to combat breast cancer.

In a powerful statement about the importance of local cancer care, they have named Mount Nittany as their lead beneficiary for the third year in a row. Mount Nittany has been a partner since the Pink Zone's first year, and helps to recruit breast cancer survivors to attend its annual fundraising game. To underscore the Lady Lions' commitment to survivorship, they provide survivors with free ticket packages to attend the event. This year, the goal is to provide tickets to 450 survivors and their friends and family members. Survivors can get their tickets and participate in the special halftime ceremony and postgame reception by e-mailing pinkzone@athletics.psu.edu, or by calling 814.865.0403. For those survivors living at a distance, Fullington Trailways is providing free bus service to the event from locations across the state.

Mount Nittany has stepped up in its own fundraising efforts by being one of the lead sponsors at $10,000. Also, hospital departments have teamed up to help raise an additional $10,000 for the cause. Creative ideas to raise the funds range from staff-designed apparel sales to scratch-and-win tickets. Staff and visitors can also purchase 2012's Pink Zone T-shirts right at the Medical Center. To purchase a Pink Zone T-shirt from Mount Nittany, call Amy Long at 814.231.7810, or e-mail along@mountnittany.org.

The community has a chance to get in on the fun by bidding on items online. Visit gopsusports.com/PinkZone to check out the three different auctions that are running. You'll also find more ways to contribute on the site - purchasing tickets for the game, for example, or participating in experience packages.

When the Lady Lions' take on Minnesota on February 26, we hope you will be on hand for the extraordinary experience of watching great basketball while supporting cancer survivors in our community. What could be a better way to brighten the end of February?

The Foundation’s 21st Annual Golf Tournament raised $150,000 for the new Cancer Center.

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