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Conference Scholarships and Travel Grants Available through Cary Massa Fund

Posted By on August 16th, 2016 at 1:47 pm | 0 comments.

Cary Massa portraitThe PA Breast Cancer Coalition Conference is educational, inspirational and FUN! Make a day of it! Want to attend, but can’t afford the registration fee? Scholarships are available through the Cary Massa Memorial Scholarship Fund.

The Cary Massa Memorial Scholarship Fund has allowed hundreds of women to attend the Conference, free of charge.

Cary was a wife, a mother, a friend, a fighter and a shining light to those around her. She passed away from breast cancer in 2006, but Cary’s husband, Robert, her family, friends and fellow members of the ABCs Support Group have chosen to preserve her memory through the fund. To learn more about Cary’s legacy, click here to watch the video.

Click here to apply for a scholarship through the Cary Massa Fund

New for 2016: Caregivers are eligible for a special registration fee of $25. Nurses, social workers and radiologic techs who attend will receive 3 FREE continuing education hours!

This activity has been submitted to Pennsylvania State Nurses Association for approval to award contact hours. Pennsylvania State Nurses Association is accredited as an approver of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

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PBCC Photo Exhibit Participant Stresses Importance of Early Detection, Screenings

Posted By on August 16th, 2016 at 10:07 am | 0 comments.

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Dorothy Klyap, Indiana County

I heard so many horror stories but my story was nothing like that. My regular yearly mammogram found my breast cancer in May 2010 and no one ever wants to hear those words, “you have breast cancer.” What is amazing now is that when I look back on it, it has taught me so much.

After chemo treatment, I couldn’t eat for the first two days but I never got sick. I must really have an angel on my shoulder. My husband Jim attended every one of my treatments with me. Our son who lives in Montana flew home to be with me through my first chemo treatment. Our daughter lives nearby and she’s the one who always pushed me to get mammograms, and she’s the one who brought me meals.

I first learned about the PBCC through my nurse navigator. Since then I was honored to be asked to represent Indiana County in the PBCC’s traveling photo exhibit, along with Maria Swinconis and Mary Waugaman. I was a guest at the 2015 conference and heard the announcement that 3D mammograms are now covered by insurance, and I called to tell my daughter that news right away. Indiana Hospital just got 3D mammograms and I said, “Honey, go get that mammogram!” I learned so much at that conference. There were things I forgot to ask my doctor and I was able to bring home so much medical information.

We live in a beautiful home on 40 acres the woods. There is a property connected to ours with a house that had been empty for over seven years. Sometimes during treatment, I’d go back there and sit on the rickety steps where my husband couldn’t see me crying. I dreamed of owning that house and now I do! I put every bit of paint and wallpaper on it myself. My husband wanted to name it Dorothy’s Dream House but I’m calling it B & J Retreat after my daughter Bridget and son Jimmy. We rent it out by the night or by the week. My beautician is planning to hold meditation classes there.

My favorite things to do are sewing and gardening. I just bought fabric to make drapes for my living room. I have vegetables and flowers in my garden and everyone laughs at this but I love getting on my tractor and mowing the grass. That’s my meditation time. Two weeks from now I’m having knee surgery. The surgeon wanted to have a physical therapist work with me until he heard that my husband and I cut down two big trees on Saturday. He said, “You do enough. You won’t need a therapist.” I don’t stop.

Connect and Learn: Attend the 2016 PBCC Conference!

Posted By on July 14th, 2016 at 9:26 am | 0 comments.

patheadshotforplby Pat Halpin-Murphy, President and Founder

The people you meet, the relationships you build and the knowledge you gain from the PA Breast Cancer Coalition Conference make it a truly one-of-a-kind experience. Want to be a part of it? We invite you to join us Monday, October 10, 2016 at the Hilton Harrisburg for a day of connection, education and fun.

This year’s workshops will cover everything from survivorship to lymphedema to palliative care to yoga, meditation and more. Are you caring for a loved one with breast cancer? New for 2016: The PBCC offers a special caregiver registration for $25. Simply list the survivor you’ll be joining and attend at the discounted rate. Thanks to the generosity of our incredible Grassroots Partners, we are able to offer 3 FREE Continuing Education credits for nurses, social workers and radiologic technologists.

Plus, don’t forget to mark your calendars for our free Pink Party Sunday, October 9 at 6pm. Kick off the Conference in style as we honor Grassroots Partners and breast cancer survivors!

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To help you learn more about what to expect at this year’s PBCC Conference, click on the short video below.

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We Made History, Again! 3D Mammograms Now Covered for Women in PA

Posted By on October 19th, 2015 at 4:27 pm | 0 comments.

First-Lady-Making-Announcement-with-videoThe 2015 PA Breast Cancer Coalition Conference was one for the history books. Not only did we have a day focused on education, empowerment and advocacy, we welcomed major news from PA First Lady and PBCC Honorary Chair Frances Wolf. Mrs. Wolf announced that 3D mammograms are now required to be covered by the insurance companies for women in Pennsylvania. The 3D cutting-edge mammogram that was costing $60 to $600 for some insured women is now available at no cost.

Big, BIG news! Pennsylvania is now the first state in nation to require coverage for 3D mammograms, effective now. The PA Breast Cancer Coalition would like to thank Governor Tom Wolf, First Lady Frances Wolf and Insurance Commissioner Teresa Miller for making this life-changing milestone possible for women in Pennsylvania!

The Conference had other surprises in store for guests and awardees alike. We honored outstanding triple-negative breast cancer expert and researcher Dr. Edith Mitchell from the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson University Hospitals with our prestigious Potamkin Prize. PA Rep. Matt Baker won a Pink Ribbon Award for his commitment to women’s health and our Breast Density Notification Act, and Dr. Wendie Berg of Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC received a Pink Ribbon Award for her tremendous work on the issue of breast density. The PA Breast Cancer Coalition surprised Dr. Berg with a $50,000 Extraordinary Opportunity Grant to move forward with her research studying the accuracy of ultrasound vs. 3D mammograms for women with dense breasts.Pictures-from-Conference

Those are only a few of the day’s highlights. We enjoyed spending the day with you! If you haven’t already done so, please take 2 minutes to fill out this survey to ensure next year’s Conference is even better. You will automatically be entered to win a PBCC prize pack!

Thank you for participating in our historic 2015 PBCC Conference!

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Conference 2015: Shining a Light on Ta-Ta Trot Founder Julie Rockey

Posted By on September 16th, 2015 at 8:28 am | 0 comments.

patheadshotforplSurvivor 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!

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“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!

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Conference Workshop Topics Cover Latest in Breast Cancer Treatment, Research, Survivorship

Posted By on September 16th, 2015 at 8:27 am | 0 comments.

workshops-for-plThe 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.

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Conference 2015: Honoring Potamkin Prize Winner Dr. Edith Mitchell

Posted By on August 17th, 2015 at 9:16 am | 0 comments.

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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!

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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!

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Conference 2015: Join us for Education, Advocacy and Action this October

Posted By on July 15th, 2015 at 11:12 am | 0 comments.

patheadshotforplBy Pat Halpin-Murphy, President & Founder

The Countdown to our 2015 PA Breast Cancer Coalition Conference is ON! Our staff is busy planning a day full of education and empowerment for all attendees. This year’s Conference will be held Monday, October 5 at the Hilton Harrisburg Hotel. We will kick it off in style with the PBCC Pink Party presented by Penn State Hershey Breast Center on Sunday, October 4, a free event celebrating our Grassroots Partners and survivors.

The PBCC has gathered brilliant minds in the field of breast cancer for our workshops with topics including metastatic breast cancer, nutrition, lymphedema, breast density, triple-negative breast cancer, fertility, yoga, DCIS, survivorship and more. It will be a day of learning and networking with hundreds of other attendees interested in learning the latest in research, treatments and advocacy.

The PA Breast Cancer Coalition offers 3 FREE Continuing Education hours to nurses who attend. Scholarships and travel grants are also available through the Cary Massa Memorial Scholarship Fund.

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