Spikes ready to 'Paint the Park Pink'
To come together and show support for those affected by breast cancer, the community will transform Medlar Field into a sea of pink on Saturday.
The State College Spikes’ annual “Paint the Park Pink” event, presented by Mount Nittany Health System, raises funds and awareness for the Foundation for Mount Nittany Medical Center and the fight against breast cancer, said Aileen Galley, administrative director at the Penn State Hershey Cancer Institute at Mount Nittany Medical Center.
The Spikes, donned in pink jerseys, will challenge the Aberdeen IronBirds, an affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles, beginning at 7:05 p.m. However, the night will feature a variety of other events and activities besides the baseball game, Galley said
“The first 1,000 women through the gates will receive a free Spikes pink visor,” Galley said. “Fans will be greeted by our wonderful staff from the Comprehensive Breast Care Center at Mount Nittany and get educational materials and fun surprise give-a-ways,” she said.
Galley said fans also will have the opportunity to bid on special pink jerseys worn by the players. And the game will be kicked off by a breast cancer survivor who will throw the first pitch, she said.
“Paint the Park Pink is an opportunity for the community to come together and show those affected by breast cancer all the support that surrounds them,” Galley said. “It’s also a time for all of us to learn about breast cancer prevention and early detection, and remind those women in our lives that screening with mammography begins at age 40.”
Mount Nittany Medical Center has been the recipient of “Paint the Park Pink” proceeds since 2007, and those proceeds have totaled $23,850.20, said Lee Ann Tripp, communications coordinator at Mount Nittany Health.
These proceeds, Galley said, are used to support those affected by breast cancer and also fund needed support programs and services.
Galley said this year she’s hoping for a large enough turnout to “fill the park with pink.”
“We are grateful to (the Spikes) for partnering again with Mount Nittany Health System to help increase awareness of breast cancer,” she said.