President’s Corner by Pat Halpin-Murphy
To say Dr. Edith Mitchell, our 2015 Potamkin Prize Winner, is accomplished would be an understatement. She’s an oncologist, a clinical professor, a researcher, a triple-negative breast cancer expert, a Brigadier General, a mother, a wife and a humanitarian. The list goes on from there. Dr. Mitchell currently works with breast cancer patients and students at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital’s Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center and serves as President of the National Medical Association.
The Vivian and Meyer P. Potamkin Foundation Prize for Breast Cancer Research is an annual award presented to an individual who is performing outstanding or groundbreaking work in the field of breast cancer research. It is someone who demonstrates vision and commitment to providing the best possible treatment and outcome for patients, and leadership in the breast cancer community. Dr. Mitchell embodies that commitment, making breakthroughs in triple-negative breast cancer research and treatment while caring for patients every day. Her work has made a direct impact on the women served by the PA Breast Cancer Coalition, and throughout the world. Congratulations, Dr. Mitchell!
Will YOU join us in honoring Dr. Mitchell on Monday, October 5? Register today and experience Pennsylvania’s premier statewide breast cancer conference. Make a day of it!
Messages of hope and courage will accompany the hustle and bustle of travelers at Harrisburg International Airport this fall. The PA Breast Cancer Coalition’s photo exhibit, 67 Women, 67 Counties: Facing Breast Cancer in Pennsylvania will be on display at HIA Sept. 24 – October 6. Don’t miss our kick-off opening reception Thursday, Sept. 24 beginning at 6:00pm with light refreshments following by a program including local breast cancer survivors. Want to attend?
The photo exhibit shares real quotes and photos from women who have faced breast cancer in all of PA’s 67 counties while promoting the importance of early detection. To RSVP for the opening reception, email Stacy@PABreastCancer.org or call 800-377-8828, ext. 3040. We hope to see you there for this inspiring and empowering event!
Melissa Cole – Luzerne County
My husband Mike and I were in the process of moving in with his parents. I was loading books into a crate and bruised my chest wall. When the pain didn’t go away after a while, my husband was checking the bruise and said “Do you know you have a lump in your breast?”
I was 38 years old and had done breast self-exam regularly but hadn’t found this lump. It was deeper than I could feel but the injury may have pushed it forward. I had chest X-rays done and the doctor said you need to have a mammogram.
I went to Geisinger Women’s Imaging Center and learned I have dense breast tissue. I had a lumpectomy, 33 radiation treatments and then went on anastrozole.
My family was very supportive. We were up front with our 12 year-old son Chase. He understood and was there to help me whenever I needed him. I teach toddlers at Little Meadows Learning Center and my co-workers brought us food and helped with gas money. To this day, my friends still check on me.
My friend Barb Bowman had been diagnosed with breast cancer before me and she encouraged me to go to the PBCC Conference. She said it would help me to learn how to move forward and live my life. That conference was amazing! The classes were great; I feel like I learned so much. The vendors were a big help too. I wasn’t sure at that time if I’d have to have a mastectomy and at the conference I was able to see and feel a prosthesis and know what it would be like if I had a mastectomy and didn’t have reconstruction.
Now I tell other women not to be afraid to go to the doctor if you find something. It’s important. It took cancer to settle me down but now I know my life is my life and I’m going to live it the way I need to. I’m living a happier life.
FAVORITE QUOTE: “Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass. It’s about learning to dance in the rain.”
The Pink Daisy Project offers short-term assistance for women under the age of 45 who are within three months of breast cancer treatment or reconstruction. The organization provides gift cards for groceries, gas, and restaurants in order to offset the increased expenses in your budget during treatment. How can you apply?
As part of the application process, your oncologist must verify your age and date of diagnosis. To receive an application, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
To learn more about the Pink Daisy Project, click here to visit the website.
So, you have dense breasts… what does that mean? What do you do now? A website, created by experts (including our 2015 Conference Pink Ribbon Awardee Dr. Wendie Berg) and breast cancer survivors, answers those questions and more. DenseBreast-Info.org provides visitors with a clear picture of breast density along with materials you may find helpful when talking with your doctor like a breast cancer risk checklist, a screening chart, educational videos and more.
DenseBreast-Info.org offers the latest information, images and frequently asked questions for women who may want to learn more about what it means to have dense breasts.
To visit the site for patients, click here.
To visit the site for medical professionals, click here.
The PBCC is looking for a fall intern! Here are the details:
PA Breast Cancer Coalition Internship
The Pennsylvania Breast Cancer Coalition is offering a wide range of experience in all aspects of non-profit operations and programming, public relations and event management through assisting the Executive Director and other staff as needed.
Some duties may include, but not be limited to:
• Work on the PBCC’s statewide educational and outreach programs:
o Annual educational conference
o PBCC Research Initiative
o Traveling photo exhibit
o Grassroots Partners events
o Educational webinars
• Interact with local event committees, state agencies, legislative contacts, and media
• Write press releases and articles as needed
• Assist with design and graphics work
• Work on legislative advocacy for statewide legislation
• Attend fundraising and grassroots partners events as a representative of the PA Breast Cancer Coalition.
Applicants should possess:
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills
• Experience using Microsoft Office (Adobe Photoshop and InDesign experience preferred, but not required)
• Ability to work independently and in a team setting
• Excellent project management and organizational skills
The Pennsylvania Breast Cancer Coalition is located at 2397 Quentin Road, Suite B, Lebanon, PA. It was founded in 1993 and is the only statewide grassroots organization in Pennsylvania that speaks to and for breast cancer survivors.
The PBCC’s mission is to find a cure for breast cancer and to improve the quality of breast cancer education, research and outreach in the state.
Go to www.pabreastcancer.org to learn more about the organization.
Contact name: Jennifer Pensinger, Executive Director
This position has flexible hour which are primarily on weekdays but could include some weekend hours depending on the fall event schedule. It is for up to 20 hours per week and pays $10 an hour. The length of the internship will vary depending on the student.
Whole Foods of North Wales in Montgomery County has teamed up with the PA Breast Cancer Coalition on Nickels for Nonprofits. The program runs for the next few months to spread awareness and to raise funds for our mission. Want to participate?
Here’s how it works:
1. Bring your reusable bags when you shop at Whole Foods Market in North Wales, PA now through September 27.
2. Mention the PA Breast Cancer Coalition at checkout.
3. 5 cents for every bag you use is donated to the PBCC’s support and advocacy efforts for women facing breast cancer!
Encourage your local Whole Foods Market to support the PA Breast Cancer Coalition through Nickels for Nonprofits. Click here to find your local store, ask for an application and get started! To learn more about Community Giving at Whole Foods, click here. Thank you for making a difference with us!
Have you gotten married in the past 60 days? Had a baby? Lost healthcare coverage? If so, you may be eligible for a special enrollment period for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act. Open enrollment is currently closed, but life changes like a family move or new addition could qualify you to enroll for coverage in 2015.
Want to enroll?
Click here to fill out a short questionnaire and see if you qualify to enroll for health insurance coverage during the special enrollment period. Questions? Visit Healthcare.gov or call 1-800-318-2596, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and learn more about your options.