Pat Halpin-Murphy is the President & Founder of the PA Breast Cancer Coalition. Founded in June of 1993, the PBCC is an organized statewide non-profit designed to extend public awareness of breast cancer, and to encourage increased public and private funding for research, legislative advocacy and high quality screening, diagnosis and treatment.
Pat grew up in Philadelphia, earning a Master of Science degree in Economics from Drexel University, a Master of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor of Science degree in Education from West Chester University. She had a notable career in state and national government, serving as an advisor to Governor Robert P. Casey, U.S. Senator Harris Wofford and U.S. Secretary of Labor Robert Reich.
She is a gubernatorial appointee to the Pennsylvania Cancer Advisory Board and chairs the PBCC’s “Refunds for Research” Program, which has awarded over $3 million in grants to outstanding researchers across the state. Halpin-Murphy serves as an Advocate Member on the Board of Directors for the NSABP (National Surgical Adjuvant Breast and Bowel Project) and NRG Oncology. In addition, Halpin-Murphy chairs the NSABP Patient Advisory Board which reviews new proposals and protocols for clinical trials. She served on the University of Pennsylvania Breast Cancer Advocacy Board for its P2 trial and on the Patient Advocacy Committee of the Coalition of National Cancer Cooperative Groups, Inc. She annually organizes and produces a well-received statewide Breast Cancer Conference featuring presentations by prominent national scholars, researchers and health providers. In addition, Halpin-Murphy co-authored both editions of the book “Breast Cancer: Covered or Not? A Guide on Insurance.”
Halpin-Murphy has been honored by the National Governor’s Association (“Distinguished Service to State Government” Award), the Pennsylvania Commission for Women (“Women Change America” Award), and the Central Penn Business Journal (“Nonprofit Leadership Excellence” Award), among others. In 2012 she was named a Distinguished Daughter of Pennsylvania by Governor Tom Corbett.
Pat was recently recognized by the National Governors Association as their Distinguished Service to State Government awardee and by the Pennsylvania Comission for Women with their Women Change America Award. As the Pennsylvania Breast Cancer Coalition's Founder and President, as well as a breast cancer survivor, Pat is totally committed to eradicating breast cancer now so our daughters won't have to. She is quoted as saying, "Pennsylvania has the fourth highest rate of breast cancer in the nation; we say enough is enough, it's time to end this devastating disease."
As the PBCC founder and president, as well as a breast cancer survivor, Halpin-Murphy is committed to finding a cure for breast cancer now... so our daughters won’t have to.
Pat is an avid political scholar and committed public servant. She lives near Philadelphia. She has two daughters and four grandchildren.