The key word at the pep rally was 'inspiration,' and that's exactly what this crowd is hoping for Sunday.
"What a wonderful celebration."
Pink, pink and more pink filled this room Thursday as folks from across the community came together to support breast cancer awareness.
"It's so impressive to see the level of community support and support from the provider community," Debbie Linnes said.
Linnes is new to State College and the Mount Nittany Medical Center, but she understands, first hand, the power of community support and inspiration.
"When we talk about one in eight women are touched with breast cancer, four years ago, I received that touch," she said. "It brought home to me personally, as well as professionally, the important role that we play as health care providers in supporting women in early detection."
Since opening the doors of the Lady Lion Basketball Cancer Resource Center at Mount Nittany in October 2012, the Lady Lions basketball team has raised over $110,000 for the community.
"It's part of what we should do as an icon in the community," Assistant Coach Fred Chmiel said. "Giving back to the community and exposing our players to what they should be doing in their lives. Not only focusing on basketball and academics, but interacting with the community and giving back."
Linnes says giving back is what will help save lives in the future.
"My life was saved because of early detection and other women can benefit from the services that we make available and by the funding we're providing today," she said.
The Lady Lions will take on Michigan State Sunday at 1:00 PM at the Bryce Jordan Center.
Those who attend are encouraged to wear pink in support of breast cancer awareness.