During the month of October you're likely to see pink anywhere from pro football games to college sporting events with people wearing the color to raise awareness for breast cancer.
Local high school teams are taking part as well.
At a football game in Frederick Thursday, a person couldn't help but think of an issue much bigger than numbers on the scoreboard.
"It's wonderful, you know, it just takes your breath away," Janet Elsen said.
Elsen is a cancer survivor. She's thankful to be part of a town that joins organizations across the country taking time to raise awareness for breast cancer during the month of October.
At Leola Frederick’s final regular season game, pink ribbons lined the field. Students even painted them on the field. Elsen said it all meant a lot to her.
"Just knowing that people care,” Elsen said. “It's been nine years and it still brings tears to my eyes."
Elsen says she appreciates when professional and college teams show support. But it’s very special when high school teams go pink, she says, because kids are involved.
"Even back when I was diagnosed I had two daughters that were still in school. The girls all got together on their teams and they cut their hair for Locks of Love,” Elsen said. “Everything supports."
"We have a lot of senior boys here in Frederick and they used some of their study hall time to come out here and help paint the field," Frederick superintendent Bev Meyer said.
That painting work included a pink ribbon around the team’s logo visible center field. They also presented cancer survivors with flowers at the game.
"It's really fun to see the way everyone came together and volunteered and pitched in," Meyer said.
The event also raised money for cancer research.
"The money of course is crucial but I just think it's the awareness that is so, so huge," Elsen said.
Before the game started, event organizers asked people who've been affected by cancer in one way or another to stand. It was proof the disease has a large footprint. Whether through a game surrounded by pink or other means, people in Frederick Thursday hoped to see that footprint shrink.
"It's a process, it's a journey but with the support and the love of family and friends, you make it through," Elsen said.
A volleyball game in Frederick this past week also went pink for the same cause. That's a tradition shared by other teams in the state as well.