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Fighting Breast Cancer at the Reading Fightin’ Phils

Posted By on July 2nd, 2013 at 8:49 am | 107 comments.

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We couldn’t have had more perfect weather on Friday, June 28th when the Take a Swing Against Breast Cancer® series made its second stop of the summer in Reading. FirstEnergy Stadium was full of energy as four teams and three individuals took the field with aspirations of going home with the highly sought-after pink bat. John Furlong was the derby’s highest-scoring individual batter. He amassed 850 points and 5 home runs. John and his uncle, Mark Furlong, took home first prize, with a score of 2,175! Greg Gunter also put a homer on the board, bringing the day’s total to 6.

Here’s a look at the standings:

Mark & John Furlong: 2,175

Wells Fargo: 1,035

Mogel, Speidel, Bobb & Kershner: 895

Penn State Hershey Cancer Institute: 835

Individual Batters:

Greg Gunter: 410

Brandon Miller: 325

Heather Miller: 135

You can check out all of the pictures from the day here. Don’t forget to stay up-to-date on everything PBCC by following us on Twitter and Facebook. Thank you to all of the batters, volunteers and stadium staff who made the event run so smoothly. We couldn’t do it without you!

We hope to see you at our other locations throughout the summer!

Going to Bat for Pennsylvania Breast Cancer Survivors

Posted By on June 17th, 2013 at 8:16 am | 64 comments.

PHMurphy3The PA Breast Cancer Coalition is fighting breast cancer at baseball professional stadiums across the state of PA this summer! The 6th Annual Take a Swing Against Breast Cancer Home Run Derby season kicks-off tomorrow at the home of the Harrisburg Senators. Our dedicated batters and volunteers will take the field in support of the thousands of women battling breast cancer in Pennsylvania.

The Take a Swing Against Breast Cancer Home Run Derby events are fun, exciting and empowering. To date, we have raised hundreds of thousands of dollars to serve survivors and their families. All of the money raised stays right here in Pennsylvania. There’s still time to register as a batter, volunteer or sponsor for this fun and exciting event. We hope to see you swinging for the fences!

Don’t miss the Take a Swing Against Breast Cancer event near you:

Tuesday, June 18 – Harrisburg Senators, Metro Bank Park
Friday, June 28 – Reading Fightin Phils, FirstEnergy Stadium
Friday, July 19 – York Revolution, Sovereign Bank Stadium
Saturday, July 20 – Lancaster Barnstormers, Clipper Mag. Stadium
Tuesday, July 30 – Erie SeaWolves, Jerry Uht Park

To register a team, visit www.PAHomeRunDerby.org or call the PBCC at 800-377-8828.

Batter Up! Home Run Derby Season Around the Corner

Posted By on May 13th, 2013 at 9:04 am | 421 comments.

Batter upDo YOU have what it takes?  Join the fun and step up to the plate in this summer’s Take a Swing Against Breast Cancer Home Run Derby events.  The PBCC will visit 5 professional ballparks across the state during June and July, searching for the best team around.

What is a Home Run Derby?

The Home Run Derby consists of teams of four batters, or individual batters, competing to hit home runs in professional baseball parks. Each batter gets 15 swings. Batters are scored on a scale of 10 points for a fair ball hit in the infield to 100 points for a home run. Prizes are given to the team at each stadium with the highest point score, and to the statewide individual winner. In exchange for the per-team registration fee all event participants receive a batter’s jersey, program, souvenir team photo, goody bag and a great experience! To date, our dedicated teams have raised tens of thousands of dollars to support women and their families living with breast cancer in Pennsylvania.  Join our fight and sign up to bat, volunteer or sponsor today!

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Step Up to the Plate This Summer!

Posted By on April 15th, 2013 at 8:57 am | 404 comments.

abc27 TeamRegistration is now open for the 2013 Take a Swing Against Breast Cancer Home Run Derby season! We’re visiting 5 ballparks across the state to raise money for survivors and families right here in PA. We are looking for sponsors, participants and volunteers! Click here to register now.

Learn more about the many sponsorship opportunities for the 2013 Take a Swing Against Breast Cancer Home Run Derby here.

2013 Dates and Locations:

Harrisburg Senators – Metro Bank Park
Reading Fightin Phils – FirstEnergy Stadium
York Revolution – Sovereign Bank Stadium
Lancaster Barnstormers – Clipper Magazine Stadium
Erie SeaWolves – Jerry Uht Park
Tuesday, June 18
Friday, June 28
Friday, July 19
Saturday, July 20
Tuesday, July 30

Sign up to Bat or Volunteer Today!

2012 Home Run Derby Heavy Hitters

Posted By on August 16th, 2012 at 11:16 am | 470 comments.

The 5th Annual Take a Swing Against Breast Cancer® home run derby was a smashing success throughout the entire month of July, thanks to our generous sponsors, 175 volunteers, 91 teams and 10 individual batters. Check out the 2012 highlight video here. This year brought a record-breaking 40 home runs: including 5 by Kevin Becker of Penn State Hershey Cancer Institute, 7 by Joe Oliphant of Neuman’s Crew, 8 by John Furlong of Furlong Boys.  Total scores have been tallied and the results are in from across the state, hats off to our winners:

TOP TEN TEAMS

  1. Furlong Boys Team 2—2,105 points
  2. Neuman’s Crew – 2,050 points
  3. PeoplesBank Team 3—1,895 points
  4. Cross’ Crusaders – 1,795 points
  5. TESCO Tools Team 2 — 1,760 points
  6. Furlong Boys Team 1 – 1,745 points
  7. Community State Bank of Orbisonia – 1,580 points
  8. Icing on the Lake Team 2 — 1,575 points
  9. Guns of Roses Team 1 – 1,560 Points
  10. UTI Power -1,545 points

 

TOP FIVE INDIVIDUAL BATTERS

  1. Bill Klenoshek – 675 points
  2. Blair Beer — 400 points
  3. Jeffrey Lengle – 375 points
  4. Adam Edmonds– 350 points
  5. Scott Bell– 335 points

Congratulations and a huge THANK YOU to everyone who was a part of this year’s home run derby at each of the 8 stadiums. With your help, we not only raised nearly $90,000 for the PBCC but also increased awareness in communities throughout the state.  For complete results from each location, be sure to read each stadium recap on our blog. Start practicing now and you could see your name published here next year at our 2013 Take a Swing Against Breast Cancer!

Survivor Spotlight – Lesley Rogers

Posted By on August 16th, 2012 at 10:00 am | 229 comments.

In May 2010 while participating in a breast cancer fundraiser, my husband, Scott, read the statistic about 1 in 8 women being diagnosed and immediately asked when my first mammogram was. The next day I made the appointment for 2 weeks after my 40th birthday. At the appointment the radiologist told me I needed to have a biopsy. That was Tuesday; by Friday I had the biopsy and by Monday was diagnosed.

Based on my physician’s recommendation and the BRCA test result I had a bilateral mastectomy. While my cancer was confined to the ducts it was widespread and aggressive so I was thankful I hadn’t waited to have my mammogram. Over the next 8 months I had multiple surgeries including an oophorectomy and unsuccessful reconstructive surgeries. In March 2012 I had successful DIEP surgery at Johns Hopkins. I feel grateful to my breast cancer surgeon, Dr. Soto-Hamlin and my current reconstructive surgeon Dr. Rosson for their guidance.

I had heard about the PBCC before I had breast cancer. My company, Deloitte Consulting, sponsors the October conference. And then a couple weeks after my diagnosis I received a Friends Like Me care package. I attended the 2011 conference and was excited to see the grant given to Dr. Meyers to support his cancer research. The PBCC’s tagline “finding a cure now so our daughters won’t have to” resonates loudly since we have a 4 year-old daughter, Ashley. This year we participated in the Take a Swing against Breast Cancer Home Run Derby in Harrisburg. While participating, our 6 year-old son Tyler, asked “If I hit a home run, does that mean no more breast cancer?”

I tell everyone I am an example of why you should get your mammogram as soon as you turn 40, not 6 months later. And if someone you know is diagnosed, instead of asking “can I do anything?” offer something tangible … prepare a meal or run an errand. I am lucky to have had such an amazing support group – my family, friends and co-workers made my crazy journey a little easier.

Take a Swing Against Breast Cancer®: Home Run Derby in Review

Posted By on August 16th, 2012 at 8:59 am | 201 comments.

All across PA last month, batters swung for the fences with their friends and family cheering them on in the Take a Swing Against Breast Cancer® Home Run Derby. Now that the last bat has been swung, we can take a look back at the heavy hitters who made the 2012 derby a smashing success. Click here for a highlight video. Check out our top ten teams, our top three individuals, and some of the records that were broken this year!

Top 10 Teams

  1.  Furlong Boys Team 2—2,105 points (Reading winners!)
  2. Neuman’s Crew – 2,050 points (Washington Winners!)
  3. PeoplesBank Team 3—1,895 points (York Winners!)
  4. Cross’ Crusaders – 1,795 points
  5. TESCO Tools Team 2 — 1,760 points (Erie Winners!)
  6. Furlong Boys Team 1 – 1,745 points
  7. Community State Bank of Orbisonia – 1,580 points (Altoona Winners!)
  8. Icing on the Lake Team 2 — 1,575 points
  9. Guns of Roses Team 1 – 1,560 Points (Lancaster winners!)
  10. UTI Power-1,545 points

 

Top 3 Individual Batters

  1.  Bill Klenoshek – 675 points
  2. Blair Beer — 400 points
  3. Jeffrey Lengle – 375 points

Records Broken:

This year we had a record 40 home runs throughout the derby! 20 of those homers came from three heavy hitters – John Furlong from the Furlong Boys had a record 8 home runs in Reading, Joe Oliphant from Neuman’s Crew had 7 in Washington, and Kevin “Bubba” Becker from the Penn State Hershey Cancer Institute team had 5 in Reading! These batters each broke the 2011 record for most home runs by an individual.

Bats, boas and Barnstormers: Lancaster teams Take a Swing Against Breast Cancer®

Posted By on July 31st, 2012 at 1:22 pm | 165 comments.

What a perfect way to wrap up derby season 2012!  15 teams and 2 individual sluggers battled it out on the field for bragging rights and those coveted pink bats this past Saturday at the home of the Lancaster Barnstormers.  After a rain-out earlier this month, our dedicated batters and volunteers showed their support yet again with an incredible turnout.  In the end, “Guns of Roses Team 1″ from the Lancaster Police Department secured the top spot with 1,560 points.  The group enters the derby each year to support their co-worker, Judy, a breast cancer survivor of two years.  The day’s highest individual score went to Greg Gunter of Team UTI who smashed two homers over the Clipper Magazine Stadium fence and racked up 535 points!

Here is a complete look at this weekend’s standings:

Guns of Roses Team 1 – 1,560 Points (Lancaster winners!)

UTI Team 1 – 1,545 points (Greg Gunter with 2 home runs!)

Swinging for 2nd – 1,280 points

UTI Team 2 – 1,240 points

Guns of Roses Team 2 – 1,220

RKL – 1,170

Wells Fargo Team 2 – 1,150

Susquehanna Bank Team 2 – 1,025

Susquehanna Bank Team 1 – 975

Scared Hitless – 920

Wells Fargo Team 1 – 890

Dart Container Team 1 – 885

Dart Container Team 2 – 860

Team Emerald Team 2 – 830

Team Emerald Team 1 – 745

Individual Batter Scott Bell – 335

Individual Batter Judy Millan – 115

 

Congratulations to our home run hitter!

Greg Gunter – 2

Thank you to the awesome staff and crew at Clipper Magazine Stadium for making Derby #8 a success!  You can check out all of the Lancaster Derby photos by clicking here.  Don’t forget to stay up-to-date on PBCC news and events by following us on Twitter and Facebook!

Did we have fun or what?  Derby season would not have been complete without every one of our batters, volunteers and spectators!  Thank you for all of your hard work and support as we fight to find a cure to this disease.  We hope to see you again soon!