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Our President & Founder

Pat Halpin-Murphy
PBCC President & Founder

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.”

In 2014, Halpin-Murphy was honored by Governor Corbett and First Lady Susan Corbett as the first recipient of the prestigious Hannah Penn Award for Civic and Volunteer Leadership. Pat was also recently recognized by the governor as a Distinguished Daughter of Pennsylvania.  She has been selected by the National Governors Association to receive its Distinguished Service to State Government Award and honored by the Pennsylvania Commission for Women with the Women Change America Award.  Halpin-Murphy was appointed by four successive governors to the Pennsylvania Cancer Advisory Board (CAB).  She has assisted in the development of Pennsylvania cancer plans and has guided the PA Department of Health (DOH) on breast cancer-related issues.  Pat also oversees the PBCC’s Refunds for Breast Cancer Research program which has raised and awarded more $3 million in grants to outstanding cancer researchers in PA.

As the Pennsylvania Breast Cancer Coalition's Founder and President, as well as a breast cancer survivor, Pat is totally committed to finding a cure for breast cancer now... so our daughters won't have to.

Pat is a political scholar and committed public servant. She lives near Philadelphia. She has two daughters and four grandchildren.