Archive for July, 2013

Clipper Magazine Stadium Turns Pink as Teams Take a Swing Against Breast Cancer

Posted By on July 23rd, 2013 at 8:43 am | 24 comments.

Guns of Roses without BoasThe latest installment of the Home Run Derby series saw a lot of action this past Saturday in Lancaster. Fourteen teams and four individual batters came out to Clipper Magazine Stadium to Take a Swing Against Breast Cancer®. In the end, Guns of Roses, a team of City police officers, beat out UTI to take home the pink bats. Guns of Roses was also the day’s highest fundraising team.

Here’s how other teams did:

Guns of Roses – 1,575

UTI Performance – 1,370

UTI Power – 1,305

Furlong Boys – 1,280

Susquehanna Bank 1 – 1,145

Susquehanna Bank 2 – 1,070

Wells Fargo 2 – 920

UPMC – 890

Ameriprise Financial – 835

PSU Hershey Medical Center 1 – 810

Dart Container 2 – 785

Dart Container 1 – 775

Wells Fargo 1 – 760

PSU Hershey Medical Center 2 – 260

Individual Batters:

Corey Deyo – 345

Josh Blantz – 345

Dan Virgil – 335

Kelly Krasley – 240

You can check out all of the pictures from the day here. Don’t forget to stay up-to-date on everything PBCC by following us on Twitter and Facebook. Thank you to all of the batters, volunteers, and stadium staff who made the event run so smoothly. We couldn’t do it without you!

The derby series wraps up in Erie on Tuesday, July 30th.

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Team With Fitting Name Takes York Derby Title

Posted By on July 22nd, 2013 at 3:45 pm | 33 comments.

DSC07877Bombs with Burt certainly proved they were capable of brandishing such a team name. They were able to nail four homers on Friday, helping to push them to the top spot in the York derby. Kevin Tracey hit the first home run for his team. The other three came from Jody Roof. In total, Sovereign Bank Stadium saw eight home runs hit during the day!

Here are the full results from the day:

Bombs with Burt – 2,350

PeoplesBank 4 – 2,335

PeoplesBank 3 - 1,875

PeoplesBank 2 – 1,725

RKL Team 2 – 1,525

Johnson Controls – 1,460

PeoplesBank 1 – 1,450

Team Hard Body – 1,425

RKL Team 1 – 1,060

UPMC – 830

FOX43 – 805

Individual Batter:

John Furlong – 675 & 535

You can check out all of the pictures from the day here.Don’t forget to stay up-to-date on everything PBCC by following us on Twitter and Facebook. Thank you to all of the batters, volunteers and stadium staff who made the event run so smoothly. We couldn’t do it without you!

We hope to see you in Erie, at our last derby of the summer!

President’s Corner: 2013 Conference Awardees Announced

Posted By on July 15th, 2013 at 8:23 am | 33 comments.

Awardees

This October, The PA Breast Cancer Coalition will honor four awardees who have changed the face of breast cancer in Pennsylvania and beyond.  We are delighted to announce the 20th Anniversary Conference Awardees: Dr. Dennis Slamon, Mindy Gray, Jeanne Schmedlen and the Westmoreland Walks Board of Directors.  Together, they have saved thousands of lives, inspired many others and raised breast cancer awareness across the country.

Potamkin Prize for Breast Cancer Research

Dr. Dennis Slamon, world-renowned for discovering the ground-breaking treatment known as Herceptin, has devoted his life to finding a cure for cancer.  For that dedication and the profound impact he has had on women in PA, and indeed, worldwide, the PBCC has chosen Dr. Slamon as the 2013 Potamkin Prize awardee.  A Pennsylvania native, Slamon’s clinical research of the HER-2 gene changed what was once a one of the worst breast cancer prognosis into one of the most hopeful.  We will be thrilled to award him our Potamkin Prize for Breast Cancer research at our 2013 Conference on October 15th in Harrisburg.

Click here to listen to a podcast of our recent interview with Dr. Slamon.

Look for profiles of our awardees in future editions of PinkLink! 

Don’t miss an opportunity to join us in honoring these incredible men and women at the 2013 PBCC Conference on October 15th in Harrisburg!

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Call for Action: Dense Breast Legislation Needs Your Help!

Posted By on July 15th, 2013 at 8:22 am | 59 comments.

Dense Breast Stock PhotoMany women in Pennsylvania have dense breasts and they don’t know it.  Women with breast cancer who have dense tissue have an increased risk of being diagnosed at a late stage.  The PA Senate has passed legislation to change that, but we’re only halfway there. What can YOU do to help?

The PA Senate has passed Senate Bill 358, making it mandatory for radiologists to alert women who have dense breast tissue.  Now, we need your help to make sure this crucial legislation is passed in the PA House.  Contact your state representative and demand support for dense breast screening legislation.  YOU can help us save thousand of lives!

 

PA survivor and Home Run Derby volunteer Kathie Thomas never knew she had dense breast tissue. She shared her story with the PBCC:

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Survivor Stories – Lananh Rissmiller, Lehigh County

Posted By on July 15th, 2013 at 8:22 am | 116 comments.

Lananh RissmillerWhen I found the lump under my left armpit last summer, I thought it was a reaction to the new deodorant I had switched to. I went to California for the summer but when I came back the lump was still bothering me. I own Milan Café in Allentown and I mentioned the problem to one of my long-time customers whose husband is a doctor. She encouraged me to get it checked so I went to see her husband, Dr. Peter Isaacs. He removed a lump that was the size of a golf ball and ordered further testing. Testing showed that it was cancer and he sent me to see an oncologist.

When you first meet with an oncologist you think “why is this happening to me?” It’s a shock. But once you accept what you have you can move forward and the process becomes easier. I started chemo treatment in February, eight cycles for 16 weeks. It’s important to listen to your body, not what everyone else tells you about chemo. Everyone is different. For me, I was tired and I slept a lot. And I ate fruits and vegetables to help me gain strength like eggplant, kale, clams, pears and squash. Eat the food that will help you rise above the condition you’re in.

I love having my own business and having control over my career. For many years I was in management in retail and did some financial planning too but with my own business I can control my destiny. With breast cancer I think it’s the same thing … you can control how you handle the process.

My husband Darrin and I have two boys, Jacob who just graduated high school and is going to Penn State to study electrical engineering, and Seth who is a junior in high school. Seth wants to be a doctor and will be in the Emerging Health program at Penn State.

I always tell other women you’re going to get through this. It’s only a temporary situation. I feel lucky to be in the United States where we have so many wonderful specialists and all the latest medicines and options. And most importantly, make the decision that is right for you, and always check if something is bothering you. Don’t put it off.

 

Supreme Court Rules Against Human Gene Ownership

Posted By on July 15th, 2013 at 8:22 am | 37 comments.

Supreme Court with ribbonThe Supreme Court recently ruled that the breast cancer genes, BRCA1 and BRCA2 cannot be patented. What does this ruling mean for breast cancer research?

It means a lot.  BRCA1 and BRCA2 are genes in which mutations can occur, increasing the risk of breast and ovarian cancers.  Myriad Genetics had those genes isolated and patented to control their genetic testing.  With this ruling, other companies can expand their genetic testing to include both BRCA1and BRCA2.

The Supreme Court’s decision weighed on whether BRCA1 and BRCA2 were invented or if they are simply a product of nature.  Justice Clarence Thomas says he considers the discovery of the genes by Myriad Genetics a “medical breakthrough,” but not an invention. The historic ruling means no human gene isolated from the body can be patented.

 

New Study Could Lead to Better Detection, Cut Costs

Posted By on July 15th, 2013 at 8:20 am | 29 comments.

Researcher for PLNew data published in Cancer Research shows that a new technique of testing breast lumps may enable high precision diagnosis of breast cancer.  So, how does it work?

This new technique is called single-step Raman spectroscopy algorithm, which involves shining light onto breast samples and measuring the scattered light to determine the presence of cancer in the tissue.  Single-step Raman spectroscopy algorithm could “shorten procedure time; reduce patient anxiety, distress, and discomfort; and prevent complications such as bleeding into the biopsy site after multiple biopsy passes,” said Ishan Barman, Ph. D., postdoctoral fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge and study’s lead author.

Single-step Raman spectroscopy algorithm could save the U.S. health care system $1 billion a year by conservatively preventing 200,000 repeat biopsies each year.  Currently, x-ray mammography is the only accepted screening method, but this technique cannot determine if microcalcifications (microscopic areas of accumulated calcium) are associated with benign or malignant breast lumps.  So, most patients undergo a biopsy to determine if these microcalcifications are cancerous.  But, in about 15-25% of biopsies this technique fails to retrieve any microcalcifications.  Then, this requires the patient to undergo repeat and often surgical biopsies.  In the United States, 1.6 million breast biopsies are performed each year and about 250,000 of those biopsies result in new breast cancer diagnoses.  Yet, if single-step Raman spectroscopy algorithm was used this could improve the precision of diagnosis and could better detect the disease at early stages without the use of multiple biopsies.

For the complete article on this study, Click here.

 

Golfers Go “Beyond Pink” for Survivors in PA

Posted By on July 15th, 2013 at 8:20 am | 371 comments.

PA Golf Outing PinkLinkGolfers gathered on a beautiful summer day in their brightest summer colors at the First Annual “Beyond Pink-Benefitting the PA Breast Cancer Coalition” golf outing on Monday, June 17th at the Lebanon Country Club.

Players were encouraged to wear pink, green, lavender or white in this 4-color tournament where men and women participated in a modified scramble with lots of challenge holes, contests and prizes! With over 20 teams and 33 sponsors, the event was a sweeping success, raising $10,794 for women served by the PA Breast Cancer Coalition. Thank you to everyone who participated, sponsored and volunteered at the event; and special appreciation to the committee for organizing such a wonderful event: Susan Wood (chair), Debbie Freer, Cheryl Newmaster, Linda Schneiter, Shirley Sellers and Kathy Wolfson. Save the date if you are a golfer in the Lebanon area for 2014: Monday, June 16. See you for the Second Annual “Beyond Pink!”