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World Cancer Day 2016: A Day to Take Action

Posted By on February 4th, 2016 at 8:21 am | 0 comments.


Today is World Cancer Day!  It’s a day that unites the world’s population in the fight against cancer.  Here at the PA Breast Cancer Coalition, we are dedicated to fighting breast cancer every day and YOU can help us!  Want to know how?  Make this World Cancer Day a day to take action:

Schedule your annual mammogram and/or tell a friend to do the same

  • We’re all busy, but not too busy to know the importance of early detection. By scheduling your mammogram, you’re taking time to ensure you are healthy and that is more than worth it.  It could save your life!  P.S. While you’re there, check to see if you have dense breast tissue and, if you do, ask about supplemental screenings beyond the regular mammogram like ultrasounds, MRIs or tomosynthesis (3D mammograms). FREE mammograms are available in PA. Click here to find learn more

Request a FREE Friends Like Me Care Package for a loved one recently diagnosed with breast cancer

  • The PA Breast Cancer Coalition offers free care packages full of information, educational materials, books, small gifts and headwraps for women in Pennsylvania who have recently been diagnosed with breast cancer (packages are most helpful within the first 6 months).  If you have been diagnosed or you know someone who has been, click here to request a free package today.

Support life-saving legislation in Pennsylvania

  • The PA Breast Cancer Coalition worked with Sen. Bob Mensch to pass the Breast Density Notification Act requiring mammography centers to notify women of their breast density. Now, we are working on Senate Bill 842 which would require supplemental screenings like MRIs or ultrasounds to be covered for women insured in PA. Those screenings may show something that may be missed on a traditional 2D mammogram. What can YOU do?  Contact your state senator and ask him/her to support this important bill! Click here to find your lawmaker and contact information. Click here to read Senate Bill 842.

Help researchers find a cure

  • Time to start talking taxes again! This year, why not put that state income tax refund to good use? Every Pennsylvania taxpayer has the option to donate all or part of their state income tax refund on Line 32 directly to Pennsylvania breast cancer researchers.  Choose code “A” and your refund will go toward our PBCC Breast Cancer Research grants Initiative.  We have pledged $300,000 in grants this year alone.  Make a difference with us!
  • Didn’t get a refund?  Make a private donation to the PBCC today! Click here to donate now.

Volunteer or become a PBCC Grassroots Partner!

  • The PBCC is always looking for volunteers across the state! Whether it’s a few hours once a year or you are looking for something more involved, we have an opportunity for you! Click here to view our opportunities and learn more today. Looking to do even more?  Become a Grassroots Partner and host your own event in your community. Click here to find out how you can give back and make a difference for women and families in Pennsylvania.

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FREE eBook: “Breast Cancer Basics”

Posted By on May 6th, 2014 at 10:00 am | 1322 comments.

Breast-Cancer-Basics-PicThe PA Breast Cancer Coalition has compiled a “Breast Cancer Basics” book with helpful information on types of breast cancer, stages, treatments, nutrition and more.  It’s everything you need to know including tips for talking with your doctor and what to do if you don’t have insurance.  Download your copy, free of charge here.

If you know someone who has recently been diagnosed with breast cancer, request a free Friends Like Me care package for them from the PBCC.  Fill out the online form by clicking here and a box full of resources and small gifts will be on its way.

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!

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!


President’s Corner: Survivor Care Packages Back By Popular Demand

Posted By on May 16th, 2011 at 1:00 pm | 98 comments.

The PBCC is thrilled to announce that FREE Friends Like Me Survivor Care Packages are back for a limited time! These care packages – intended for survivors of 6+ months – include informational materials as well as feel-good items to celebrate breast cancer survivorship. Request a Survivor Care package for you or a loved one using our online form. A limited number are available.

To be eligible to receive a FREE Friends Like Me Survivor Care Package, the recipient may not have received a PA Breast Cancer Coalition Friends Like Me Care Package or a Survivor Care Package in the past. (No need to worry, the PBCC will verify that information.)

The survivor must live in Pennsylvania and have been diagnosed prior to November 9, 2010. If the recipient was diagnosed after November 16, 2010, please request one of our Friends Like Me Care Packages designed specifically for the needs of a newly-diagnosed woman. Our Friends Like Me Care Packages are available throughout the year at no cost to the sender or the recipient of the package.

Patient Advocacy in 2010: It was a busy year

Posted By on January 5th, 2011 at 10:02 am | 295 comments.

Today is only the third working day of 2011 and we have already talked with three women, all with different issues they need help with. One hasn’t had a mammogram in several years and has no insurance, another is a Medicare patient overwhelmed with co-pays for medical bills, and another is paying over $1,000 a month for insurance due to a pre-existing condition.

This past year, 75 women with breast cancer, or their friends or family members, called the PBCC for help. Often they sounded exhausted and told us that they’d already tried a number of other places and expected that we wouldn’t be able to help them. That just makes us more determined to find the resources they need.

Over half of the questions we hear are about medical bills and co-pays or mammograms. Of the 75 who called,

  • 21 needed financial help with medical bills
  • 20 needed mammograms and were uninsured or underinsured
  • 9 had questions about BCCPT (free treatment program) or other coverage
  • 6 needed help paying for prescriptions
  • 3 were breast cancer patients on the verge of losing their insurance
  • 3 had general questions or concerns about breast cancer
  • 2 needed lymphedema supplies
  • 2 wanted a referral for a specialist or a hospital
  • 2 needed to know where to get prostheses
  • 1 needed a follow-up mammogram, which her insurance wouldn’t cover
  • 1 was awaiting diagnosis and was exploring coverage options ahead of time
  • 1 was looking for information about home health care
  • 1 had questions about legal issues of an employer not allowing time off for treatment

2010 Evening Reception at the Harrisburg HiltonAlso in 2010 we added this question to our online Friends Like Me care package order form: “If this is a self-request, would you like the PBCC’s patient advocate to call you?”

Usually, we find that the information included in the Friends Like Me care package answers all of the questions a survivor may have. But all the recipients we talk with say that the phone call is one more reminder that she is not alone, the PBCC is here for her.