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Countdown to the PBCC Conference

Posted By on July 18th, 2012 at 9:55 am | 1033 comments.

The countdown to the PA Breast Cancer Coalition Conference is on! With less than 100 days to go until we gather at the Harrisburg Hilton on Tuesday, October 9th to officially kick off our 20th year, there has never been a better time for YOU to get involved! We have many great opportunities for individuals and businesses to make a big impact at our conference.

New this year is an individual fundraising opportunity – which allows you the chance to spread the word about the PBCC to friends, family, neighbors, and colleagues while raising funds to help us continue our work for breast cancer survivors and their families. Those who raise additional funds will receive additional PBCC merchandise.

There are many great sponsorship opportunities still available for those businesses and individuals who want to get involved with the conference and reach out to the nearly 1,000 attendees that are expected. Check out the opportunities still available.

Summer edition of FrontLine now available online

Posted By on June 22nd, 2012 at 9:27 am | 3202 comments.

Take a read through our summer edition of FrontLine, our quarterly newsletter. If you would like to register for the 2012 Conference, to sign up for the Take a Swing Against Breast Cancer home run derby, or to find out more about our Grassroots Partners, take a browse through our site!

Announcing 2012 PBCC Conference Awardees

Posted By on June 15th, 2012 at 8:58 am | 124 comments.

There are many people who work tirelessly in the fight against breast cancer. Some work in suits, some in lab coats. Others wear pink boas. We are pleased to recognize four of these individuals at the 2012 PBCC Conference, and we’d love for you to join us in celebrating their achievements. Congresswoman Allyson Schwartz, Alicia Richards, Nancy Davidson, M.D., and Tammy Miller will be honored for their contributions to the cause at the Harrisburg Hilton on Tuesday, October 9. Register now for the early bird discount.

Congresswoman Allyson Schwartz and abc27 news anchor Alicia Richards will each be presented with the Pink Ribbon Award at the Pink Ribbon luncheon. Nancy Davidson, M.D. will receive the Potamkin Award for Research. Breast cancer survivor, author, and speaker Tammy Miller will be recognized with the Shining Light Award.

Corporate sponsorship opportunities are also available to fit every budget. Also new this year is an opportunity for you to help the PBCC make a bigger impact. Pledge to raise additional money beyond the conference registration fee, and you can earn additional PBCC merchandise. Your help will allow us to continue working on behalf of breast cancer survivors here in Pennsylvania.

Register now and use the promo code EARLY to save $20 off of the registration fee. For those who need some financial assistance to be able to attend the conference, scholarships are available. Please complete the online application to determine your eligibility. Learn more here.

2012 Conference Scholarships & Sponsorships Available; Registration Open

Posted By on May 15th, 2012 at 11:19 am | 1677 comments.

We need YOU! We’re looking for businesses and other organizations to support the 2012 Conference, a premiere event for the breast cancer community. There are a number of ways that you can come on board to make the 2012 event the best yet! Online registration is now open! Visit to save your spot for the Tuesday, October 9th conference. Use promo code EARLY to save $20 off your registration!

This year, you have two options for registering for the Conference. You may simply register and attend the inspiring event in October. OR you can register and raise awareness of the PA Breast Cancer Coalition through online fundraising. If you fundraise $75, you will receive a FREE pink PBCC umbrella. If you fundraise $150, you will receive a FREE pink PBCC umbrella and an exclusive PBCC totebag. *Please note: in order to receive the free products, you must raise $75 or $150 in addition to being registered for the Conference at the registration rate. If you have any questions, please contact Kevin Smith at or 800-377-8828 x109.

Scholarship applications for the Cary Massa Memorial Scholarship Fund are also available online now. These scholarships cover all or part of the Conference registration cost and are available through the generosity of many donors. Separate travel grants are also available to those who meet certain criteria.

Register and save the date for the 2012 Conference! And be sure to share this exciting opportunity with your friends on Facebook or Twitter. We will see you in Harrisburg on October 9th!

Volunteers make the world work!

Posted By on March 8th, 2012 at 3:24 pm | 1095 comments.

2011 PA Breast Cancer Coalition ConferenceI don’t need to tell you that the PA Breast Cancer Coalition is the only statewide nonprofit dedicated to finding a cure for breast cancer now. I don’t need to tell you that we hear from countless women daily about the effects of breast cancer. But I do need to tell you about our wonderful volunteers that make our work possible.

With such a large state to work in, we are tasked with what seems impossible with eight full-time employees. Volunteers make the mission of the PBCC achievable. In 2011, we had 302 individuals from all over PA give up their time for a greater good. Jobs included reviewing Refunds for Breast Cancer Research grant applications, presenting or moderating a workshop at our conference, staffing an information table at a health fair, speaking at a fundraiser, shagging baseballs at a Home Run Derby, assembling and customizing Friends Like Me Care Packages, and many more.

The only thing we can say (and we say it every day): thank you. Thank YOU for donating your valuable time to the mission of the PA Breast Cancer Coalition. In total, we had 1738.5 hours logged by volunteers across the state. That is OUTSTANDING! Volunteers saved the PBCC $37,134.36 in 2011! I don’t need to tell you that this is incredible!

Thanks to people like you, we are able to keep our doors open and serve the women and families of this great state! Stay tuned for opportunities to get involved at various events across Pennsylvania. If you don’t already receive our monthly e-newsletter Pink Link, sign up! And if you’re interested in volunteering, complete our interest survey and we’ll be in touch!

Here’s to 2012!

Wanted: Workshops for the 2012 PA Breast Cancer Coalition Conference

Posted By on February 17th, 2012 at 9:01 am | 445 comments.

The PBCC is accepting proposals for workshops to be presented at the PA Breast Cancer Coalition Conference on Tuesday, October 9, 2012. There are six tracks we are using as guidelines for all submitted proposals: Leadership, Advocacy & Education; Advances in Treatment; Research and Clinical Trials; Breast Cancer Survivorship; The Mind/Body Connection; and Caring for the Caregiver. The deadline for submitted proposals is April 2, 2012.

Submitted proposals should contain: your contact information; a description of the workshop including the title, workshop goals and objectives; and biographical information and/or a CV for the suggested presenter along with their contact information if different from your own. Please submit your proposal and direct any process related or general conference related questions to Jennifer Pensinger. You will be notified if your workshop is selected.

Ringing in the New Year with Renewed Hope for a Cure

Posted By on January 16th, 2012 at 8:57 am | 246 comments.

2011 was yet another incredible year for the PA Breast Cancer Coalition. We sent 497 Friends Like Me Care Packages to newly diagnosed women across the state. Our 67 Women, 67 Counties: Facing Breast Cancer in Pennsylvania traveling photo exhibit visited 5 communities and touched the lives of thousands of individuals. 151 teams and 16 single batters stepped up to the plate for the Take a Swing Against Breast Cancer home run derby in July.

Over 60 women were assisted by our patient advocacy efforts.  Nearly 1,000 breast cancer survivors, advocates, health care professionals, and community and corporate leaders attended the PA Breast Cancer Coalition Conference in October. $100,000 was given to Dr. Craig Meyers at the Penn State College of Medicine to further his promising research into a virus that kills breast cancer cells that could potentially lead us to a cure. Grassroots Partners raised over $425,000 to enable us to continue our efforts on behalf of women and their families.

In 2012, we remain committed to representing, supporting and serving breast cancer survivors and their families in Pennsylvania. We renew our commitment to the goal of finding a cure for breast cancer now…so our daughters won’t have to.  Please join us!


2011 Conference Highlights

Posted By on November 17th, 2011 at 8:58 am | 216 comments.

Pennsylvania’s First Lady Susan Corbett, Honorary Chair of the Conference, shared her experience as the daughter of a breast cancer survivor in her keynote address. Thomas Frazier, M.D. and Mimi Barash Coppersmith were each presented with the Pink Ribbon Award for their contributions to the fight against breast cancer, and each spoke about why they are passionate about this battle. The big surprise of the day was the $100,000 research grant presentation to Dr. Craig Meyers.

Our Grassroots Partners were honored at our Evening Reception the evening before the Conference, and our Shining Light Award Winners, Rob Ziemba and Jon Jehrio,shared why they partnered up with the PBCC and how they turned their passion for hockey into a way to support the cause. Potamkin Award winner, Susan M. Domcheck, M.D., told attendees about the important research she has conducted at the Plenary Session the morning of the Conference.