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President’s Corner: One Month Away! PBCC to Celebrate 20 Years of Education, Advocacy & Outreach at Annual Conference

Posted By on September 16th, 2013 at 9:00 am | 0 comments.

Pat Halpin-Murphy, President & FounderWe’re one month away from the PA Breast Cancer Coalition’s 20th Anniversary Conference!  The PA Breast Cancer Coalition is thrilled to reflect on the past 20 years of advocacy, outreach and survivorship with YOU.  Not only are we looking back, we are looking to the future of breast cancer in Pennsylvania and beyond.  This year’s Conference will feature the very latest in breast cancer research and education, including a special presentation by world-renowned researcher and PA native Dr. Dennis Slamon.

The PBCC has chosen a special Shining Light Awardee for its 20th Anniversary Conference.  Westmoreland Walks has been one of the most successful PBCC Grassroots Partners for the past 12 years.  The Board of Directors works tirelessly, year-round, on events and breast cancer outreach, including the annual Westmoreland Walks event at Twin Lakes Park.

We caught up with the hard-working Westmoreland Walks board members at Twin Lakes.  Click on the video below to learn more about their journey promoting breast cancer awareness in Western PA.

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Join us as we honor our 2013 Awardees at the PBCC Conference on October 15th at the Harrisburg Hilton!

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B-I-N-G-O Goes P-I-N-K for the PBCC

Posted By on September 16th, 2013 at 8:56 am | 0 comments.

Pretty in Pink Bingo PicPretty in Pink Bingo was the name of the game on August 4, 2013 when survivors, friends and even Miss Philadelphia Francesca Ruscio showed up to have fun and raise money for the PBCC! The event was held at Northampton Community Center and participants had the chance to win exciting door prizes and play 21 games of bingo while enjoying refreshments and the company of fellow community members on a lovely summer afternoon.
In total, this entertaining event raised $950 to help women and their families across PA battling breast cancer. Special thanks to coordinators Agnes White and Roseann Davis-Yurasits for all of their hard work in making this such a successful event, along with Janet Murphy who volunteered her time to represent the PBCC! The PBCC couldn’t do the work that we do without support of our Grassroots Partners and dedicated volunteers. Find out more information on hosting your own event or participating as a volunteer today!

4th Annual Ta-Ta Trot Takes Raises Thousands for PBCC

Posted By on August 15th, 2013 at 8:19 am | 0 comments.

TaTaTrotWhat began as a creative idea for a 5K run/walk fundraiser with 50 participants in 2010 has grown into one of the most successful and largest PBCC Grassroots Partner events in just 4 short years! This year’s Ta-Ta Trot was held on July 13th in Sunbury, Pa where over 1,700 “trotters” from 22 states gathered in creative and colorful costumes to break a sweat and raise money for women facing breast cancer in PA. Prizes were awarded not only to the race winners, but also to the “Best Dressed” team, the “Highest Fundraiser” team and everyone was eligible for “You are Awesome” door prizes, which were generously donated by the many sponsors of the Ta-Ta Trot. The event ended up raising a ground-breaking $73,000, which will benefit both the PBCC and Geisinger Health System Marie Lamey Fund. THANK YOU to the entire Ta-Ta Trot Committee, including breast cancer survivors Julie Rockey and Cheryl Delsite, and to EVERYONE who supported the trot through their time, energy, and monetary donations. Help the Ta-Ta Trot reach their 2014 goals of 2,000 participants from all 50 states next year and don’t forget to follow them on Facebook to keep up with the latest news from the Ta-Ta Trot!


Golfers Go “Beyond Pink” for Survivors in PA

Posted By on July 15th, 2013 at 8:20 am | 0 comments.

PA Golf Outing PinkLinkGolfers gathered on a beautiful summer day in their brightest summer colors at the First Annual “Beyond Pink-Benefitting the PA Breast Cancer Coalition” golf outing on Monday, June 17th at the Lebanon Country Club.

Players were encouraged to wear pink, green, lavender or white in this 4-color tournament where men and women participated in a modified scramble with lots of challenge holes, contests and prizes! With over 20 teams and 33 sponsors, the event was a sweeping success, raising $10,794 for women served by the PA Breast Cancer Coalition. Thank you to everyone who participated, sponsored and volunteered at the event; and special appreciation to the committee for organizing such a wonderful event: Susan Wood (chair), Debbie Freer, Cheryl Newmaster, Linda Schneiter, Shirley Sellers and Kathy Wolfson. Save the date if you are a golfer in the Lebanon area for 2014: Monday, June 16. See you for the Second Annual “Beyond Pink!”


Stauffers of Kissel Hill Raises Thousands at Pink Day Event

Posted By on June 17th, 2013 at 8:16 am | 0 comments.

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Pink Flowers, Pink Cupcakes, Pink Watering Cans… You name it… Stauffers of Kissel Hill had it at the 2nd Annual Pink Day event for the PBCC!

Stauffers generously donated 2% of all sales on June 1st to breast cancer survivors in Pennsylvania.  Every Stauffers Garden Center location offered prizes, pink popcorn, sweet treats and educational information for customers, including pink pig watering cans donated by Novelty.  There was even a pink tractor!  The event was an incredible success, raising more than $8,400 to support the cause.  Thank you Stauffers!

Click here for Stauffers’ blog post on the event.


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.


Dover Area HS Baseball Spreads Breast Cancer Awareness

Posted By on May 13th, 2013 at 8:55 am | 0 comments.

Dover Area HSDover Area High School students Bryce Smith and Brady Hilbert stepped up to the plate for breast cancer awareness and used their baseball team as a part of their senior project when the Eagles took on the York Suburban Trojans in early May.

The students reached out to the PA Breast Cancer Coalition as their project’s beneficiary and they planned a dress-down day at all 6 of the Dover Area schools with donations coming to the PBCC. They also sold t-shirts in support of the project, and wore the pink t-shirts together as a team. The game was a huge success and even the four-legged friends joined in the action! Thanks so much to Bryce and Brady for coordinating the breast cancer awareness game and spreading the word to the Dover community about the PBCC’s services and programs. Overall, total donations are still being tallied, but the awareness spread by the teammates is invaluable!

Learn more about how YOU can be a Grassroots Partner for the PBCC here.


President’s Corner: Grassroots Partners Make Hope Grow

Posted By on December 17th, 2012 at 8:50 am | 0 comments.

This fall, Grassroots Partners held 140 events to benefit the work of the PBCC. What an outstanding tribute to women and their families battling breast cancer and to the work that we do here at the PBCC! From 5k walks and horse rides to golf tournaments and high school sports, our Grassroots Partners have gone above and beyond to help us in our mission to “find a cure for breast cancer now…so our daughters won’t have to.” The video below highlights the many ways our Grassroots Partners made hope grow this year. Thank you for all that you do. We look forward to working with you again in 2013!


Check out more photos from the hundreds of Grassroots Partners events held for the PBCC during 2012! Thank you to everyone for their support throughout the year!