Archive for February, 2017

PBCC Awards $50,000 Grant to Penn State Cancer Institute’s Dr. Nancy Lill

Posted By on February 16th, 2017 at 4:29 pm | 0 comments.

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The PA Breast Cancer Coalition recently had the honor of awarding $50,000 to researcher Nancy Lill, Ph.D. of Penn State Cancer Institute. Dr. Lill will use the grant on a specialized project targeting the treatment of aggressive triple-negative breast cancers. Her research team plans to advance novel anticancer compounds, known as schweinfurthin analogues, toward the ultimate goal of clinical use against certain cancers that have been resistant to chemotherapy, like triple-negative.

The funding from the PA Breast Cancer Coalition fills a critical gap in the research pipeline.” said Dr. Lill. “By providing the research resources necessary to undertake such work and generate such evidence, you set the stage for leaps in scientific knowledge that will lead to new and effective treatments for breast cancer patients.”

Dr. Lill hosted a special immersion lab for students from the Harrisburg School District participating in the PBCC CARES (Community, Advocacy and Research Education for Students) program following the award presentation. She explained why triple-negative breast cancers are particularly difficult to treat and showed the students cancer cells through the microscope.

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Funding for Dr. Lill’s research grant comes from Pennsylvanians who donate their PA income tax refund, private donors and contributions from the PA Breast Cancer Coalition’s Grassroots Partners.

Would you like to bring us closer to a cure for breast cancer? Donate your state income tax refund to breast cancer research on Line 32 of the PA-40 form or host a Grassroots Partner event in your community! Help us find a cure now… so our daughters won’t have to!

Dealerships a Driving Force in Fight Against Breast Cancer

Posted By on February 16th, 2017 at 3:53 pm | 0 comments.

The PBCC is thrilled to accept $28,838 from 9 car dealerships participating in this year’s Drive Out Breast Cancer campaign! Hoffman Ford contributed more than $10,000! Brenner Family of Dealerships raised an incredible $5,000 and the list goes on! Thank you to the dealerships as well as YOU, the customers, who helped to make it possible. We cannot thank you enough for the investments you have made in our organization and the women and families we serve every day.

A very special thank you to our Drive Out Breast Cancer coordinators (and faithful volunteers!) Helen Michener and Laraine Forry. You inspire us!

Here are the dealerships who participated in this year’s campaign:

Brenner Family of DealershipsDiamond ToyotaFreedom ToyotaFreysingerHoffman Ford

 

 

 

 

Infiniti of MechanicsburgLehman Volvo MechanicsburgLehman Volvo YorkMaguire's DuncannonMaguire's Hershey

 

Maguire's NissanTurner Kia

 

 

U.S. Senator Bob Casey Hosts PBCC Roundtable Calling for Medicare Coverage of Lymphedema Supplies

Posted By on February 2nd, 2017 at 11:30 am | 0 comments.

P1000580Pennsylvania breast cancer survivors who suffer from lymphedema shared their personal stories and struggles with the U.S. Senator Bob Casey during a roundtable Friday, January 27, 2017. Together, they are fighting for Medicare coverage of lymphedema supplies like garments and sleeves.

Stage III breast cancer survivor Jeanne Schmedlen of Lemoyne (pictured in the photo on the left) lives with the condition every day. She brought her mechanical compression garment to share P1000702with the Senator and explain the high costs associated with lymphedema maintenance.  Survivor Peggy Grove of Harrisburg (picture on the right, next to Jeanne) has spent tens of thousands of dollars out-of-pocket on sleeves, gauntlets and machines to care for her lymphedema.

Brenda Mitchell of Philadelphia (pictured on the right with Sen. Casey) also shared her story during the roundtable. She took part in a year-long clinical trial during which she was given supplies for her lymphedema.  Now that the trial is over, Medicare will not cover the high costs for her garments.