The Penn State Lady Lions basketball team made its first-ever trip to Penn State Hershey Medical Center, specifically to Penn State Hershey Cancer Institute. Members of the media tagged along as team members toured the facility Jan. 2 and interacted with patients and staff. There’s a strong connection between the team and Penn State Hershey – as the Lady Lions donate a portion of the proceeds from their annual Women’s Basketball Coaches Association Pink Zone game to breast cancer research efforts at the Cancer Institute.
Coach Coquese Washington and members of her team toured a research lab in the Cancer Institute, where they were able to see and hear how the Pink Zone money directly supports breast cancer research efforts. Then it was off to the infusion therapy clinic where they met with patients, physicians, nurses and others. The team also visited the Medical Center’s inpatient cancer unit.
The annual WBCA Pink Zone at Penn State helps the Cancer Institute fight cancer on every front: through education and prevention, early detection and diagnosis, effective treatment, and survivorship programs. The Lady Lions Basketball Breast Cancer Research Endowment was created through Pink Zone at Penn State funds. It supports new ideas or young researchers and/or scientists working on breast cancer research at the Cancer Institute. Specifically, the endowment allows researchers and scientists to complete the pilot research needed to test their theories in the lab and, if successful, move forward to apply for highly competitive, federal monies that are often only obtainable after successful pilot research has been done.
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