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Conference 2014: Join us in Honoring Outstanding Oncologist, Dr. Kevin Fox

Posted By on September 15th, 2014 at 3:41 pm | 0 comments.

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Pat Halpin-Murphy, PBCC President and Founder

Thousands of women are alive today, thanks to Dr. Kevin Fox.

Dr. Fox’s expertise and compassion shines through in his patients at the Rena Rowan Breast Center at Penn Medicine’s Abramson Cancer Center. For his excellence in oncology, the PA Breast Cancer Coalition will award Dr. Fox with the Potamkin Prize at the 2014 Conference on October 13 in Harrisburg. We hope you will join us in acknowledging the exceptional care he has provided to women in Pennsylvania for decades.

Dr. Fox will also present the PBCC Conference Plenary Workshop Session. Don’t miss it!

Watch the video below to learn more about Dr. Fox and his incredible work with breast cancer patients across the state.

To register for the 2014 PBCC Conference, click here.

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Color it Pink this October 1 to Honor Survivors, Families

Posted By on September 15th, 2014 at 3:34 pm | 0 comments.

Pink-Fountain-for-PLThe PA Breast Cancer Coalition invites you to kick off National Breast Cancer Awareness Month with us Wednesday, October 1 at 11:00am in Harrisburg at the State Capitol East Wing Fountain. Together we will turn the Fountain pink in honor of survivors and families fighting breast cancer across our state.  Can you be there?

Throughout the entire month of October, the fountain will serve as a reminder to all women of the importance of good breast health and the need for annual mammograms. Over the years, the pink fountain has also become a beacon of hope for the hundreds of thousands of survivors across the Commonwealth that one day we will find a cure for breast cancer… so our daughters won’t have to. This event is made possible by the incredible support of the PA Department of General Services.
Color it Pink with the PBCC on Wednesday, October 1 at 11:00am outside the State Capitol East Wing Fountain on Commonwealth Avenue.  We hope to see you there!

Party for the Pink of It with Snitz Creek Brewery this Month!

Posted By on September 15th, 2014 at 3:34 pm | 0 comments.

Snitz-Creek-for-PLPink Apple Wheat Beer. Spending time outside. A buffet dinner. Live music. Have we caught your attention yet? Then join us at Snitz Creek Brewery in Lebanon on September 28th for “Party for the PINK of It!” a 5k fun run/1 mile walk event, followed by dinner, brews and music at the brewery. Proceeds from the event benefit PBCC and our work for breast cancer survivors and their families across the state. Want to go?

To register, click here.

Proceeds from the event benefit PBCC and our work for breast cancer survivors and their families across the state. Registration is only $35 for adults ($15 for children) and includes access to the entire event—including 2 beers or sodas on the house. It all gets started at 4PM—so grab the entire family and join us to Party for the PINK of It!.

Medicaid Expansion to Provide Coverage for Thousands in PA

Posted By on September 15th, 2014 at 3:33 pm | 0 comments.

Medicaid-Expansion-for-PlEffective January 1, more than 400,000 low-income Pennsylvania residents will be eligible to receive new healthcare coverage through Medicaid. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services have approved an expansion of Medicaid through an amended version of the Healthy PA program for Pennsylvanians who meet certain income criteria. Who does the new ruling cover?

Medicaid expansion covers individuals and families with incomes below 138% of the federal poverty level.  For example, a single Pennsylvania resident earning less than $16,105 will qualify to receive free coverage.  A family of two earning less than $21,707 would also benefit from the expanded coverage.

Enrollment for coverage under the Healthy PA expansion will open December 1 and effective January 1.  The coverage can be retroactive to help with medical bills incurred in the past three months prior.

For more information on Pennsylvania’s expansion of Medicaid click here.

 

Research Breakthrough: Blood Test Detects Early-Stage Breast Cancer

Posted By on September 15th, 2014 at 3:33 pm | 0 comments.

Blood-vials-for-PLScientists in Israel say they have developed the first blood test for the early detection of breast cancer.  This test is called Octavia Pink and is currently available in Israel and Italy.  What about here in the U.S.?

In the U.S., Octavia Pink is undergoing clinical trials in order to receive FDA approval.  The test works by looking at antibodies in the blood.  In addition to this test, EventusDx has developed a new technology that can process 96 blood samples at one time and takes no more than 3 hours.  This technology allows a woman’s doctor to rule out or confirm a diagnosis very quickly.  Researchers say the Octavia Pink test has proven to be more accurate at detecting breast cancer than mammograms.  Results of the Israeli study show that the test correctly diagnosed 95% of healthy women and 75% of women with breast cancer.

To read the complete article, click here.

Pink Daisy Project to the Rescue!

Posted By on September 15th, 2014 at 3:33 pm | 0 comments.

Pink-Daisy-Project-for-PLThe 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 info@pinkdaisyproject.com.

Erie Batters, Volunteers, Donors Raise Funds, Awareness During Derby Season

Posted By on August 28th, 2014 at 3:14 pm | 0 comments.

Tesco-tools-sillyThe 7th annual Take A Swing Against Breast Cancer Home Run Derby wrapped up its summer season in Erie at Jerry Uht Park on Saturday, August 23rd. Batters of all ages stepped up to the plate this year to make a difference in the lives of women and families affected by breast cancer.

Top batters included: Brandon Crum and Tyler Fisher, both scoring 425 points; Jacob Spiker with a score of 400 points; David Gnacinski scored 375 points; and rounding out our top batters with a score of 350 points were Nick Cipalla, Brian King, and Geoff Devore.

The List Family Warriors showed up big for breast cancer survivors, earning our Top Fundraiser title raising over $750 for the PBCC!List-Family-Warriors

Thank you to all our sponsors and all the batters who came out to take a swing against breast cancer with the PBCC. We look forward to seeing you next year!

Click here for photos from the 2014 Erie Derby.

Conference 2014: Massa Scholarship Fund Makes Conference Experience Possible for PA Breast Cancer Survivors

Posted By on August 15th, 2014 at 8:51 am | 0 comments.

Pat HeadshotBy Pat Halpin-Murphy, President & Founder

On October 13, we will welcome hundreds of attendees to our PA Breast Cancer Coalition Conference in Harrisburg for a day of learning and networking. Many of our guests will be there, thanks to the Cary Massa Memorial Scholarship Fund.

Cary was a wife, a mother, a friend, a fighter and a shining light to those around her. She lost her battle with breast cancer in 2006, but Cary’s family, friends and fellow members of the ABC Support Group have chosen to preserve her memory through the Cary Massa Scholarship Fund. Since its establishment, the fund has allowed hundreds of women to attend the PA Breast Cancer Coalition Conference, free of charge.

Cary’s husband, Dr. Robert Massa and her dear friend Rosalyn Evans share Cary’s story and explain why they felt it so important to carry on her legacy in this way. We are grateful they have chosen to celebrate Cary’s life by giving to survivors across Pennsylvania.

Click on the video below to hear Cary’s story:

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For more information on our scholarship opportunities, click here.