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Breaking News: PBCC to Testify in Support of Breast Cancer Screening Insurance Coverage

Posted By on November 16th, 2015 at 1:16 pm | 0 comments.

patheadshotforplBy Pat Halpin-Murphy, President & Founder

This Wednesday, we have the opportunity to make a real difference for women in Pennsylvania, but we cannot do it without your help. The PA Breast Cancer Coalition will testify Wednesday, November 18 at 10:00am before of the PA Senate Banking and Insurance Committee in support of Senate Bill 842 which requires insurance coverage of breast cancer screenings including ultrasounds and MRIs. We need YOU to be there. Wear pink and bring a friend!

Why is this so important? Ultrasounds and MRIs can provide an early, more treatable diagnosis and a less-toxic treatment for women with breast cancer. How? For women at an increased risk for breast cancer, particularly women with dense breast tissue, mammograms may not be enough to find tumors. They may need additional screenings such as ultrasounds and MRIs which reveal cancers that mammograms do not show.

The problem is – those tests are not affordable for many women even though they are insured. We know because you’ve been emailing and calling us to solve this issue. We hear you!

Now, let’s do something about it together. Join us for the state Senate hearing Wednesday at 10:00am in Hearing Room 1 of the State Capitol’s North Office Building in Harrisburg.

Be there. Be a part of history with us, again!


Montgomery County survivor “Changed by Chance”

Posted By on November 16th, 2015 at 1:15 pm | 0 comments.


Elizabeth (Liz) Barker, Montgomery County

I had a 17-month-old son and was six months pregnant when I was diagnosed with breast cancer. I was 34 years old, had no family history and was in very good health. Doctors recommended that I abort the pregnancy to “save myself.” They said my child would be slow and small because of exposure to chemotherapy. That child is now 25 years old, has always been a varsity athlete, and is currently on full scholarship to get his Ph.D. in neuroscience.

That breast cancer diagnosis came at a time when I felt broken inside.  A year before that I had lost my little girl Lauren who was only three years old. Lauren was born with Down’s syndrome and had significant health issues. She spent her first five months in the hospital, and then came home with a tracheostomy and a tube in her stomach to eat. Within five years I had been pregnant three times, and felt like I’d spent five years in unrelenting stress.

I credit my longevity to two things: an extremely positive outlook and keeping active and healthy through yoga. After completing traditional medical treatments I saw a homeopathic physician who gave me a regimen of herbs to cleanse out the toxins from chemo. He also practices astrology and every year I went to him for a reading. Year after year he would say that when the time was right, I’d be sharing my story and be in the public eye. The year that would have been Lauren’s 25th birthday, I did a fundraiser in her memory for the Arc Alliance, a nonprofit focused on people with special needs. It filled me with love and energy, and I said now it’s time. I pledged to start exercising and to write a book about my experiences. “Changed by Chance” took two years to complete and was published this September.

As Irving Berlin said, “Life is 10% how you make it and 90% how you take it.” When you’re faced with adversity, I say practice the three R’s: Recognize:  whatever you’re facing and own it; Reflect: become educated to understand your options; and React: take action and move forward based on that research.

Friends Are By Your Side Offers Free Wigs, Salon Services to Cancer Patients

Posted By on November 16th, 2015 at 1:15 pm | 0 comments.

friends-are-by-your-sideFriends Are By Your Side is a nonprofit organization, uniting salon owners who share the mission to help women and children going through cancer treatment. Stylists and beauty industry experts donate wigs and salon services. The website lists salons across the country (and beyond!) participating in the program, including 20 salons in Pennsylvania.
Click here for more information.

Pink Zone at Penn State Free Survivor Registration Now Open!

Posted By on November 16th, 2015 at 1:15 pm | 0 comments.

PinkZone2Want to spend the day with more than 700 Pennsylvania breast cancer survivors? Register now for Pink Zone at Penn State on Sunday, January 17 at the Bryce Jordan Center. Survivors attend the game for free along with 3 free tickets for friends and family. Don’t miss this empowering and FUN Lady Lion basketball game that supports breast cancer organizations including the PA Breast Cancer Coalition! Want to go?

Get your Pink Zone t-shirts here, and visit the Pink Zone website for all of the details, including free transportation sponsored by Fullington Trailways!



Conference 2015: Shining a Light on Ta-Ta Trot Founder Julie Rockey

Posted By on September 16th, 2015 at 8:28 am | 0 comments.

patheadshotforplSurvivor Julie Rockey has quite the to-do list. Not only does she have her hands full as a new mom to baby boy Maverick, Julie is busy year-round working full-time and planning the Ta-Ta Trot, an annual Grassroots Partner for the PA Breast Cancer Coalition, Geisinger Medical Center and Evangelical Community Hospital. After facing her own breast cancer diagnosis at the age of 30, Julie decided she had to do something for other women facing what she faced. For her outstanding work and dedication to making a difference, the PA Breast Cancer Coalition will present Julie Rockey with the 2015 Shining Light Award at this year’s PBCC Conference.

During her chemotherapy, Julie was approached to organize a 5K. In that first year, 50 people participated in the Ta-Ta Trot and raised over $3,300. The event has grown tremendously and, over the years, has boasted thousands of trotters from all 50 states with more than $348,000 raised for breast cancer charities since 2010. Congratulations Julie and all participants of the Ta-Ta Trot!

Be there Sunday, October 4 at the PBCC Pink Party in the Hilton Harrisburg as we honor Julie for her tremendous contributions to our mission of finding a cure for breast cancer. Click here to RSVP!


“Breast cancer has been my life sentence, not my death sentence. This award is really for the event itself because I don’t do it alone. There are so many people that help. It’s the whole community.”

Will YOU join us in honoring Julie at the PBCC Pink Party and our other incredible awardees at the 2015 PBCC Conference? Register today and make a day of it!


Conference Workshop Topics Cover Latest in Breast Cancer Treatment, Research, Survivorship

Posted By on September 16th, 2015 at 8:27 am | 0 comments.

workshops-for-plThe 2015 PA Breast Cancer Coalition Conference offers everything you need to know about breast cancer in one place.  From the latest research on metastatic breast cancer to lymphedema to sexuality and fertility to topics like yoga and nutrition, there is something for everyone. Workshops are offered in two sessions, before and after our Pink Ribbon Awards Luncheon. In addition to the expert information, attendees have an opportunity to connect with other survivors, medical professionals and researchers from across Pennsylvania.

Enjoy our extensive exhibitor area with opportunities to shop, network and learn. Be inspired by our 2015 Awardees’ efforts in “finding a cure for breast cancer now… so our daughters won’t have to.” There is truly something for everyone at the Conference. Make a day if it!

The PBCC is also proud to offer 3 FREE Continuing Education hours for ALL nurses in attendance. Scholarships and travel grants for the Conference are available through the Cary Massa Memorial Scholarship Fund.


Perry County Survivor Driven to Help Others

Posted By on September 16th, 2015 at 8:27 am | 0 comments.

helen-michener-for-plHelen Michener, Perry County

I spent most of my nursing career in pediatrics but occasionally would also moonlight a few shifts a week in oncology. I decided then and there that if breast cancer ever happened to me I would have a mastectomy to feel like the cancer was gone. It DID happen to me. And my life changed forever.

My routine mammogram in October 2013 revealed areas of calcification that weren’t there the year before. I was very lucky that it hadn’t spread to the lymph nodes and it was in the early stage. I didn’t need chemo or radiation after the surgery and I’m taking tamoxifen for five years.

I feel like I breezed through it physically, but not emotionally. It changes your life. At first I wanted to just forget about it and not tell people because I didn’t want it to define me. I learned though how to integrate breast cancer into who I am rather than integrating myself into breast cancer. One of the ways I did that was to embrace the community I’m now part of with the PBCC. I visited Kristen Snoke, PBCC Community Outreach Director to discuss how I could help. It seemed like raising funds through grassroots efforts would be a good fit for me. I created a wine-tasting event, Toasting for a Cure at the Vineyard in the spring and we made $8,355. I now know that that’s very good for a first-time effort. I’m planning a fall fundraiser called Drive Out Breast Cancer, and hope to get car dealerships to donate $25 for every new car they sell throughout the month of October.

My husband Bob and I live in an intentional community of seven families who own a 140-acre farm together. It was a great place to raise our children. We have a son and a daughter and two granddaughters. My granddaughter Amelia was ten years old when I was diagnosed and she said, “You talked to Mommy for a long time and now she’s sad. Breast cancer, that’s bad, isn’t it?” I told her, “No, honey, it doesn’t have to be.” Amelia and Kasey are both part of Art Symphony for a Cause and make crafts they sell for nonprofits. They came to the wine tasting and made $170 to donate to the PBCC. The PBCC tagline “finding a cure for breast cancer now … so our daughters won’t have to” really speaks to my heart.

Action Alert: Fight for 3D Mammogram Coverage in PA

Posted By on September 16th, 2015 at 8:23 am | 0 comments.

3d-mammogram-for-plHave dense breasts? You may need extra tests. If you opt for a 3D mammogram, WE believe, your 3D mammogram should be covered under current law. 3D mammograms are mammograms. Are you with us? How can YOU help?

Tell us your story.  Send an email to with “3D Mammograms” in the subject line.  Tell us why you are so passionate about this topic (like we are!) and why you feel 3D mammograms should be treated the same as 2D screening mammograms when it comes to billing and insurance. The PA Breast Cancer Coalition is taking action on this important issue, but we cannot do it alone.  Send us your story today!