Archive for the ‘Pink Link’ Category

File your Taxes, Fight Breast Cancer: Penn Researcher Focused on HER2+ Breast Cancer Wins $50,000 PBCC Grant

Posted By on April 15th, 2015 at 8:39 am | 0 comments.

patheadshotforplBy Pat Halpin-Murphy, President & Founder

You… yes, YOU can make a difference this time every year. I’m talking about the choices you make when filing your taxes. On Line 32, you can choose to donate your state income tax refund directly to breast cancer researchers in Pennsylvania who are working to find a cure. It’s part of the PBCC’s Refunds for Breast Cancer Research initiative.

Earlier this month, I had the pleasure of meeting Dr. Xianxin Hua, a researcher at the University of Pennsylvania Abramson Family Cancer Research Institute working on treatments for HER2+ breast cancer. The PBCC awarded Dr. Hua with a $50,000 grant to build progress and advancements in the lab. Dr. Hua is one of three grant winners this year. Drs. Alessandro Fatatis and Mauricio Reginato of the Drexel University College of Medicine also received Refunds for Research funding.

Maybe you already have made a difference this tax season. If you have, on behalf of the thousands of women and families touched by breast cancer, I thank you. You are providing hope and much-needed support for the brilliant minds at work in laboratories across the state!

Penn-Refunds-for-Research-video-thumbnail

YOU can make a real difference this tax season. Donate your state income tax refund to breast cancer research by choosing “Option A” on Line 32. Help us continue our fight against breast cancer! For more information on the PBCC’s Refunds for Research program, visit pbcc.me/refunds.

Erie Survivor Moved to Make a Difference Through Love of Music

Posted By on April 15th, 2015 at 8:38 am | 0 comments.

Elisa-Guida-for-PlI’m very independent and didn’t want any help the first time I was diagnosed with breast cancer 20 years ago. I learned that was really not the way to go and the second time, 10 years ago, I welcomed help from my friends. I had started having mammograms at the age of 35 because I had cystic fibroid breasts and thought I’d never be able to find a lump myself. At 40 a mammogram detected a cluster of micro calcifications.

The first time I had stage 0, had a lumpectomy and lymph node removal. The cancer was back six years later but it went undiagnosed because I had a stereotactic biopsy at 1:00 o’clock but the cancer was at the 12:00 o’clock point. When I got the right diagnosis at year 10, I had two different kinds of cancer. I had DCIS stage 1 and I also had a tubular cancer which is quite rare.

I knew if my cancer came back, that I would have to have a mastectomy.  After doing research about reconstructing a radiated breast area, I was 99 % sure that I was NOT going to have reconstruction, but I met with the plastic surgeon anyway. There was no advantage to having reconstruction at the time of surgery vs. years later, if I would choose to do that. I also visited a prosthetics provider so that I could see and feel prosthesis.  After all of that I decided NOT to have reconstruction and never looked back and that was 10 years ago.

The mastectomy was easier for me than the lumpectomy had been. I had the mastectomy on Monday, was home on Tuesday, and out grocery shopping on Friday.

I am a custom jeweler and have a love of music and was at one point commissioned to create a guitar string bracelet. Then in 2008 my husband and I went to a Bon Jovi concert and I had the inspiration to get famous artists to give me their guitar strings. I created the nonprofit StringsforaCURE® in 2010. The jewelry made from those strings is what got everyone interested in the charity’s programs and fundraisers. And Jon Bon Jovi is among the many artists who have donated strings. Over 900 pieces have been made and are being worn all over the world.

Baseball is BACK: Take a Swing Against Breast Cancer with the PBCC this June!

Posted By on April 15th, 2015 at 8:34 am | 0 comments.

Derby for April PLSwing batter, batter swing… for the fences! We hope you will join us this June at the PBCC’s Take a Swing Against Breast Cancer home run derby in Harrisburg and Lancaster.  Bring your family, friends and biggest fans to the stadium and help us find a cure for breast cancer now… so our daughters won’t have to.  Have what it takes?  Want to bat or volunteer?

At a home run derby, individual batters or teams of batters take swings in a professional ballpark of their choice.  We have 2 registration levels this year:
$30 – Silver Slugger
– each Silver Slugger receives 10 swings and an official 2015 derby swag bag

$125 – All Star
– each All Star batter receives 15 swings, an official 2015 derby swag bag and jersey

Each swing is scored based on where the ball lands on the field (or 100 points if it’s outta here!). Prizes go to batters with the highest average and to our highest fundraisers at each stadium.  We’re also looking for volunteers!

Harrisburg registration button  Lancaster registration button

Better hit the batting cages.  We want to see YOU at the plate this June as we Take a Swing Against Breast Cancer!

The Cold Cap: Keeping your Hair During Chemo

Posted By on April 15th, 2015 at 8:28 am | 0 comments.

chemo-cap-associated-press-for-plWhen it comes to the side effects of breast cancer treatment, many women fear losing their hair the most. A popular new process could stop that from happening. Cancer patients are opting for the chemo “cold cap.” What is it? It’s a cap you wear during treatment and a few hours after that freezes the scalp and stops hair from falling out.

A study at the University of California, San Francisco monitored 100 women who received chemotherapy and used a cooling cap.  Results have not been published, but studies did show that a majority of the women kept most of their hair.  How does it work? The cold cap reduces chemotherapy-induced alopecia (hair loss) by cooling the hair capillaries and reducing the metabolic rate of the hair follicles to a hibernated state, preventing the absorption of chemotherapeutic drugs into the hair bulbs of the scalp.

The process can be costly, averaging around $600 per month for rental of the caps.  Most insurers do not cover the cost, but there have been cases where cooling caps are covered in lieu of wig costs.

To read the complete New York Times article on chemo cooling caps, click here.

Join the conversation! Is anyone using the cold cap? WOULD you use one?  Follow the PBCC on Facebook and Twitter and let us know!

5,000 Miles. One Goal: Fight Breast Cancer

Posted By on April 15th, 2015 at 8:28 am | 0 comments.

One-lap-of-america-for-plLancaster County Corvette Club members Jim Roberts and Shane Lintner wanted to combine their love of racing with a greater calling to help breast cancer survivors and their families. Through their participation in the 2015 One Lap of America, they are able to leverage support for the PBCC by traveling 5,000 miles for our cause! How?

“The lives of many of our friends have been touched by cancer, especially breast cancer,” said Roberts. “This is a tangible way others can support the cause, by having their name or the name of a loved one come along on this journey with us.”

The Brock Yates’ One Lap of America is an endurance race that challenges the preparation and endurance of both man and machine. It is an offshoot of the original “Cannonball Sea to Shining Sea Memorial Trophy Dash” created in the early 1970’s. Today, all the competition takes place on the tracks, and when all is said and done, the duo will have traveled nearly 5,000 miles in eight days, working their way out as far west as Colorado in Jim’s Yellow 2000 Corvette Coupe! Stickers that will decorate the roof and body of the Corvette can be purchased for a minimum donation of $10. They will list the donor name, or you can purchase one in honor or memory of a loved one. To make a donation, simply visit pbcc.me/donate and fill in “One Lap of America” when prompted for the Title of Event.

Strings for a Cure® Strikes a Chord with Breast Cancer Survivors

Posted By on April 15th, 2015 at 8:28 am | 0 comments.

StringsforacureforplStringsforaCURE® is a nonprofit organization based in Erie PA (founded by this month’s survivor Elisa Guida!) offering education, comfort and financial assistance, including $100 gas, grocery, and pharmacy gift cards for breast cancer patients. Patients anywhere nationwide may apply for the gift cards. Eligibility requirements include a diagnosis or recurrence within the past year, and you must be in active treatment. First time applicants must submit a signed letter from the treating physician and a schedule from the treatment facility. Want to apply?  Click here for application information.

The medical grant program through StringsforaCURE® is a one-time grant paid directly to the health care provider or pharmacy. Applicants must live within a 60-mile radius of Erie PA and the funds will cover co-pays or doctor visits, lymphedema garments and supplies, prescriptions, and medically necessary supplies prescribed by a doctor. To apply for a grant, click here.

PBCC Awards Drexel Researchers Working to Find Breast Cancer Cure

Posted By on March 16th, 2015 at 8:37 am | 0 comments.

patheadshotforplIt’s not every day you get to witness real hope in action. Innovative, groundbreaking and awe-inspiring breast cancer research is happening right now in Pennsylvania. The PA Breast Cancer Coalition presented Refunds for Breast Cancer Research grants for $50,000 each to Drs. Alessandro Fatatis and Mauricio Reginato of Drexel University College of Medicine last week. Touring their laboratories and learning more about their exciting research was captivating.

Dr. Fatatis is focused on metastatic breast cancer and how to stop the cancer cells from spreading. He plans to use the Refunds for Research grant to ready his work for human clinical trials. With Refunds for Research funding, Dr. Reginato will explore new, alternative treatment options for triple-negative breast cancer.

Thank you Drs. Fatatis and Reginato for working to find a cure for breast cancer now… so our daughters won’t have to!

Drexel-R4R-Video-thumbnail-2

 

YOU can make a real difference this tax season. Donate your state income tax refund to breast cancer research by choosing “Option A” on Line 32. Help us continue our fight against breast cancer! For more information on the PBCC’s Refunds for Research program, visit pbcc.me.refunds.

Mother, Daughter Fight Breast Cancer Together 10 Years Apart

Posted By on March 16th, 2015 at 8:37 am | 0 comments.

Anita-and-Kerri-Survivor-Spotlight-for-PLAnita Conner and Kerri Conner-Matchett, Philadelphia County

“I thought, ‘Oh my gosh I gave my daughter breast cancer.’” That’s what Philadelphia survivor Anita Conner thought when her daughter, Kerri was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2008, exactly 10 years to the day after Anita’s own diagnosis. Now together, they’re on a mission to educate and motivate women of color to get breast health screenings and treatments.

 

Anita Conner

My husband and I found the lump on my left breast. I went to the gynecologist and he said there’s a lump there but it’s not cancerous. So… you go about your business. It just so happened later that I was having some issues and we decided to have a hysterectomy. The surgeon wanted to do a biopsy on the lump and that’s when we learned I had advanced stage breast cancer. Over 18 months had passed. Of the 20 lymph nodes tested, 14 were malignant. I had the breast removed and had high dose chemotherapy.

I was very fortunate in that I own my own business as a CPA. It turned out to be the best year in business. People have a tendency to step up to the plate when they’re needed. I continued to work when I could because that’s what I needed to do to heal.

After I started getting better, we recognized that in our community there wasn’t enough information about breast cancer in African-American women. We came up with the idea to reach out to the faith-based community because that’s where the women are … they are in church. We approached ten churches that are clients of ours and proposed a day we called Praise Sunday. On Praise Sunday we would give out literature to the congregation and have a speaker present a two or three minute talk. All of the churches said yes. This year is our 10th anniversary and now that has expanded into the Week of Hope, Health, and Healing. The last Sunday in September is Praise Sunday, then throughout the week there are survivors pamper parties, a health fair, and a program called Real Men Wear Pink. We close out with a concert on Saturday. It has grown into a nonprofit called Praise is the Cure. This year the youth festival will be presented in 25 sites in the Philadelphia school district, and we expect to reach 400 churches in the tri-state area with Praise Sunday.

I want other women to know that breast cancer is not a death sentence. You have to be active in your health and remember that no one knows your body better than you do.  For more information on Anita’s nonprofit, Praise is the Cure, click here.

Kerri Conner-Matchett

I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2008, exactly ten years to the day after my mother. The lump was above my breast area. My daughter was two years old and I had br
eastfed her, so some people thought it might have been milk in the milk ducts. But because of my mother’s experience, I thought I’d better me,-madison-and-my-mom-for-PLget it checked out. It was stage 3 breast cancer and very aggressive. I was 33 years old.

I had high dose chemo, a double mastectomy, radiation, and two more years of chemo and then reconstructive surgery.

I had a huge support system. I knew it would be a tough journey but I didn’t have any doubt about surviving because I’d seen my mother make it. She was my advocate. I knew my hair would fall out, my skin would turn a different color, my nails might turn black. I also knew I was going to get a brand new pair of breasts and even a flat stomach!
My husband and I have a daughter and are now trying to adopt two more children, foster children who were placed with us. They are all a blessing. Madison will be nine in March, James is four and Haniyah is three. A lot of women have trouble talking to their children about MyMommyHasBreastCancerwhat’s happening. With that in mind, I wrote a book called, “My Mommy has Breast Cancer but She’s OK.” 
When I was diagnosed someone told me that a Monarch butterfly travels 1,000 miles in its lifetime. If a butterfly can do it, you can. Don’t give up and you’ll make it to your destination.