Survivor Julie Rockey has quite the to-do list. Not only does she have her hands full as a new mom to baby boy Maverick, Julie is busy year-round working full-time and planning the Ta-Ta Trot, an annual Grassroots Partner for the PA Breast Cancer Coalition, Geisinger Medical Center and Evangelical Community Hospital. After facing her own breast cancer diagnosis at the age of 30, Julie decided she had to do something for other women facing what she faced. For her outstanding work and dedication to making a difference, the PA Breast Cancer Coalition will present Julie Rockey with the 2015 Shining Light Award at this year’s PBCC Conference.
During her chemotherapy, Julie was approached to organize a 5K. In that first year, 50 people participated in the Ta-Ta Trot and raised over $3,300. The event has grown tremendously and, over the years, has boasted thousands of trotters from all 50 states with more than $348,000 raised for breast cancer charities since 2010. Congratulations Julie and all participants of the Ta-Ta Trot!
Be there Sunday, October 4 at the PBCC Pink Party in the Hilton Harrisburg as we honor Julie for her tremendous contributions to our mission of finding a cure for breast cancer. Click here to RSVP!
“Breast cancer has been my life sentence, not my death sentence. This award is really for the event itself because I don’t do it alone. There are so many people that help. It’s the whole community.”
Will YOU join us in honoring Julie at the PBCC Pink Party and our other incredible awardees at the 2015 PBCC Conference? Register today and make a day of it!
The 2015 PA Breast Cancer Coalition Conference offers everything you need to know about breast cancer in one place. From the latest research on metastatic breast cancer to lymphedema to sexuality and fertility to topics like yoga and nutrition, there is something for everyone. Workshops are offered in two sessions, before and after our Pink Ribbon Awards Luncheon. In addition to the expert information, attendees have an opportunity to connect with other survivors, medical professionals and researchers from across Pennsylvania.
Enjoy our extensive exhibitor area with opportunities to shop, network and learn. Be inspired by our 2015 Awardees’ efforts in “finding a cure for breast cancer now… so our daughters won’t have to.” There is truly something for everyone at the Conference. Make a day if it!
The PBCC is also proud to offer 3 FREE Continuing Education hours for ALL nurses in attendance. Scholarships and travel grants for the Conference are available through the Cary Massa Memorial Scholarship Fund.
Helen Michener, Perry County
I spent most of my nursing career in pediatrics but occasionally would also moonlight a few shifts a week in oncology. I decided then and there that if breast cancer ever happened to me I would have a mastectomy to feel like the cancer was gone. It DID happen to me. And my life changed forever.
My routine mammogram in October 2013 revealed areas of calcification that weren’t there the year before. I was very lucky that it hadn’t spread to the lymph nodes and it was in the early stage. I didn’t need chemo or radiation after the surgery and I’m taking tamoxifen for five years.
I feel like I breezed through it physically, but not emotionally. It changes your life. At first I wanted to just forget about it and not tell people because I didn’t want it to define me. I learned though how to integrate breast cancer into who I am rather than integrating myself into breast cancer. One of the ways I did that was to embrace the community I’m now part of with the PBCC. I visited Kristen Snoke, PBCC Community Outreach Director to discuss how I could help. It seemed like raising funds through grassroots efforts would be a good fit for me. I created a wine-tasting event, Toasting for a Cure at the Vineyard in the spring and we made $8,355. I now know that that’s very good for a first-time effort. I’m planning a fall fundraiser called Drive Out Breast Cancer, and hope to get car dealerships to donate $25 for every new car they sell throughout the month of October.
My husband Bob and I live in an intentional community of seven families who own a 140-acre farm together. It was a great place to raise our children. We have a son and a daughter and two granddaughters. My granddaughter Amelia was ten years old when I was diagnosed and she said, “You talked to Mommy for a long time and now she’s sad. Breast cancer, that’s bad, isn’t it?” I told her, “No, honey, it doesn’t have to be.” Amelia and Kasey are both part of Art Symphony for a Cause and make crafts they sell for nonprofits. They came to the wine tasting and made $170 to donate to the PBCC. The PBCC tagline “finding a cure for breast cancer now … so our daughters won’t have to” really speaks to my heart.
Have dense breasts? You may need extra tests. If you opt for a 3D mammogram, WE believe, your 3D mammogram should be covered under current law. 3D mammograms are mammograms. Are you with us? How can YOU help?
Tell us your story. Send an email to Info@PABreastCancer.org with “3D Mammograms” in the subject line. Tell us why you are so passionate about this topic (like we are!) and why you feel 3D mammograms should be treated the same as 2D screening mammograms when it comes to billing and insurance. The PA Breast Cancer Coalition is taking action on this important issue, but we cannot do it alone. Send us your story today!
Now through October 31, you can make a difference for Pennsylvania women facing breast cancer, with one simple text message. Text “HOPEPA” to 89800 and Sutter Home Winery will donate $1 to the PA Breast Cancer Coalition. Plus, a portion of Sutter Home wine sales in PA will also be donated to our cause.
The texting campaign runs through the end of October. Standard data and messaging rates apply. Sutter Home will donate up to $10,000 to the PBCC during that time period, so get texting!
Look for this ad at your local wine and spirits store and help us provide hope in PA for survivors and their families:
A new study points to electroacupuncture as an effective treatment for hot flashes in women who received estrogen-targeted therapies for breast cancer. Researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania studied 120 breast cancer survivors experiencing hot flashes on a daily basis. After 8 weeks, the patients receiving electroacupuncture showed greater results than those taking common drugs used to treat the symptoms.
What is electroacupuncture? Electroacupuncture is a procedure in which embedded needles deliver weak electrical currents to the body. According to the study published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, patients say they experienced fewer hot flashes during the electroacupuncture than with other treatments.
To read the complete study results, click here.
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!