Archive for the ‘20th Anniversary’ Category

You’re Invited…

Posted By on August 15th, 2013 at 8:19 am | 48 comments.

Staff Photo for Open House…to the PA Breast Cancer Coalition’s Open House on Tuesday, September 17th from 5pm to 7pm. We welcome anyone interested in learning more about the PBCC to stop by, meet our staff and take a look at our new home in Lebanon. We hope to see you next month!

Our new address is:

2397 Quentin Road

Suite B

Lebanon, PA 17042

 
Light refreshments will be served.  If you’d like to attend or you would like more information on our Open House event, please email Alyssa@PABreastCancer.org or call 800-377-8828.

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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PBCC, PA First Ladies Join to “Knock Out Breast Cancer”

Posted By on June 17th, 2013 at 8:17 am | 34 comments.

Pat, Susan Corbett, Steve edited for PLThe PBCC honored PA First Lady Susan Corbett and former First Ladies last week during a special “Knock Out Breast Cancer” rose dedication in the Governor’s Residence Gardens.

The ceremony featured special Pink Knock Out Roses donated by Star Roses and Plants/Conard Pyle in collaboration with Morris Arboretum.  The roses will serve as a living legacy  to showcase the crucial work of the First Ladies and the importance of our goal to “find a cure for breast cancer now… so our daughters won’t have to.”

The PBCC also honored a few special Grassroots Partners at the event. North Dickinson Elementary School Students Sam, Clay, Nicholas, Delaney and Mia from Carlisle have raised thousands of dollars – all by asking their fellow classmates, teachers and staff to contribute their spare change.  The Penny Wars competition spread throughout the school district.  Last year, Penny Wars raised nearly $6,000 for the PBCC.

If you would like to see the Pink Knock Out Roses up close, the Governor’s Residence offers summer garden tours every Tuesday and Thursday between 10:00am and 2:00p.  Tours are conducted at no charge, but reservations are required. For more information on the tours, click here.

Click on the video to watch CBS21’s TV coverage of the Rose Dedication

 

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Click here for pictures from the event

 

 

Survivor Stories: Sandy Cray – Northampton County

Posted By on June 17th, 2013 at 8:16 am | 42 comments.

Sandy CrayWhile taking a shower, I discovered a lump in my breast. I was 36 years old and this was in 1995, when mammograms weren’t recommended for women under 50. Fortunately, I worked in the radiology field in a very forward-thinking facility. I already had an appointment scheduled with my gynecologist so I explained the situation. He agreed to give me a prescription for a mammogram and I had one that day.

The lump that I found in the shower turned out to be a harmless cyst. But, it called attention to the breast and there were very small areas of irregular calcifications in another part of my breast. That was the beginning of my breast cancer journey. I got a second opinion and chose to have a mastectomy followed by immediate reconstruction. After the surgery my treatment was complete. I did not have chemotherapy.

I then began my relationship with the PBCC. I felt strongly then and now that I was diagnosed at an early stage and at a young age for a reason. I felt it was my mission to share my story and share my experience with others.

I’m not the only breast cancer survivor. Every member of my family is a survivor of breast cancer. They are the people who helped me the most, except for my medical team. Every time I talk with a woman who is newly diagnosed, the first thing I tell her is “You are a survivor. You become a survivor the day you are diagnosed. You have so much power within yourself to fight this disease. You just have to know that it’s there within you.”

Breast cancer has actually been a positive in my life. It has taken me places for speaking engagements and women’s health opportunities that I never would have imagined.

 Sandy Cray serves on the PBCC Board of Directors as Lehigh Valley Vice President. She represents the PBCC frequently on exhibit committees, as conference workshop moderator, and public speaker. She has talked with countless newly-diagnosed women over the years, encouraging and supporting them through their own journeys. Sandy continues to work in the medical field. She and her husband Bill have a 15 year-old daughter Rachel who is a frequent volunteer at the PBCC Annual Conference.

 

Welcome PBCC Board Member Kelly Urbani!

Posted By on June 17th, 2013 at 8:15 am | 0 comments.

Kelly UrbaniThe PBCC welcomes Kelly Urbani as the new Grassroots Partner Representative on our Board of Directors!  Urbani serves as an organizer of Westmoreland Walks, a successful event for the PBCC entering its 11th year this October.

Kelly graduated from Edinboro State University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education.  She earned both her Masters Degree in Curriculum and Instruction in 2010 and Principal K-12 Certification in 2012 from Gannon University.

Kelly has served on the Westmoreland Walks, Inc. Board of Directors for the past seven years.  Westmoreland Walks, Inc. was created in 2000 by a group of women who were touched by breast cancer in some way.  Wanting to contribute towards breast cancer research and do something to help women as they progressed through the stages of their breast cancer diagnosis, the idea of a walk was born.  As a grassroots partner of the Pennsylvania Breast Cancer Coalition, Westmoreland Walks has raised more than $250,000!

Additionally, Westmoreland Walks, Inc. hosts an annual Spa Day. Women battling breast cancer are invited to participate in a full day of education, relaxation, inspiration and friendship.  Kelly was also instrumental in creating the Pink Ribbon Scholarship which is awarded to a High School Senior whose life has been impacted by breast cancer.  Dedicated to improved communication, advocacy, and research, Kelly is honored and thrilled to have an opportunity to serve as a Grassroots Partner Representative with the Pennsylvania Breast Cancer Coalition.

Kelly resides in Greensburg, PA with her children, Dominic age 12, and Mia, age 10.  She is a first grade teacher at R. K. Mellon Elementary School in the Ligonier Valley School District.  Kelly and her children enjoy skiing in the winter and spending time together at the pool in the summer.

 

PBCC Online Course Educates Thousands on Free Treatment

Posted By on May 15th, 2013 at 8:54 am | 25 comments.

Woman on Computer2Since its creation last year, more than 2,000 nurses, social workers, caretakers advocates and school district employees have taken our FREE Online Course on Pennsylvania’s free breast cancer treatment options.

Most recently, the PBCC discovered the course’s popularity among school districts throughout Pennsylvania including Mount Lebanon School District in western PA.  The course is open to anyone motivated to learn about Pennsylvania’s free breast cancer treatment options, a lifeline for many newly diagnosed women.  Nurses and social workers are eligible for two FREE continuing education credits upon completing the course.

To take the course, visit http://pbcc.me/classroom.

 

Be a Part of History May 7th with the PA Breast Cancer Coalition!

Posted By on May 1st, 2013 at 9:24 am | 18 comments.

 

BE A PART OF HISTORY THUMBNAIL

 

Be a part of history next week! 2013 is a major milestone here at the PA Breast Cancer Coalition, and we need YOU to help us celebrate. The PBCC is marking 20 historic years of education, advocacy and outreach on May 7th at 10:30am in the State Capitol Rotunda for a special Mother’s Day presentation of 67 Women, 67 Counties: Facing Breast Cancer in Pennsylvania. Join us as we gather in front of the Capitol steps to commemorate the women, men and their families who have battled breast cancer in Pennsylvania. Don’t forget to stay connected to the PBCC on Facebook and Twitter. We hope to see you in Harrisburg next week!

To RSVP, call 800-377-8828, x304 or email Kristen@PABreastCancer.org.

-Pat Halpin-Murphy and the PBCC Staff

P.S. We are searching for women to represent the 32 women who are diagnosed with breast cancer each day in Pennsylvania to be featured in a stunning visual iillustration on the Capitol steps. If you would like to be part of this opportunity, please contact Kristen@PABreastCancer.org to reserve your space!

 

Thank You PBCC Volunteers!

Posted By on January 21st, 2013 at 4:06 pm | 69 comments.

Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’ – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

On this Day of Service, we’re looking back on the hundreds of volunteers who chose to do something for others in 2012 with the PBCC mission in mind.  From catching fly balls at Home Run Derby outings to reviewing grant applications to assembling and personalizing Friends Like Me care packages and more, 225 people donated their time to the PBCC last year alone with a total of 1,496.75 hours!  We cannot say “Thank You” enough for your time and dedication.  We hope to see even more new faces in 2013!

2012 Volunteer Hall of Fame

1. Dennis Eubanks – 153.75 hours

2. Karen Fry – 49.5 hours

3. Tammy Miller – 46 hours

4. Scott Bell – 44.5 hours

5. Gene Klinger – 34.5 hours

6. Tim Grove – 31 hours

7. Jo Ann Lightman – 28.5 hours

8. Clint Hibshman – 26 hours

9. Paul Pensinger – 25 hours

10. (TIE) Cheryl Delsite and Samantha Grove – 22.5 hours  

Thank you Volunteers!

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