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CancerCare

Posted By on September 19th, 2011 at 2:04 pm | 14 comments.

CancerCare is a national nonprofit organization that provides free professional support services to cancer patients, caregivers, and family members. They offer counseling, support groups, educational workshops, community programs, and publications that may be of use to anyone affected by cancer. They also provide financial assistance as it relates to certain treatment-related costs for eligible individuals.

CancerCare has a comprehensive user-friendly website that may help answer many questions you may be facing as a patient, caregiver, or family member coping with cancer. Among the website’s resources are a list of inspirational stories and a Q&A section that focuses on a particular cancer related topic each month.

Survivor Spotlight – Julie Rockey

Posted By on August 15th, 2011 at 8:55 am | 36 comments.

Julie Rockey describes herself as a Type A personality, someone who is always on the go. Combine that with her love of organizing fun and interesting things to do and you get the Ta-Ta Trot, a fundraiser to benefit the PBCC! Julie was diagnosed with breast cancer in February 2010. She was 30 years old at the time and went for a routine ob/gyn exam. She was just checking to be sure everything was fine to get pregnant; a breast cancer diagnosis was the last thing she expected that day.

Her doctor did a breast exam, sent Julie for a mammogram, and within a day she learned that she had breast cancer. Julie was very open about what she was going through and was able to create a large support system with work, family and friends.

While she was going through chemo a friend who was planning a 5K walk/run approached her with the idea, offering Julie the option to select the nonprofit to benefit from it. He also introduced her to Cheryl Delsite, a breast cancer survivor and long-time PBCC volunteer. It was important to Julie that the money raised through the event would be used locally to help women in Pennsylvania. After talking with Cheryl, Julie decided that the PBCC would be the best organization to receive the funds.

Ta-Ta Trot was held in Sunbury, PA on July 9th and drew an astounding 655 walkers & runners who raised over $14,000! Everyone in the community is excited for next year and the goal is to increase to 1,000 participants! All the proceeds from the event benefitted the PBCC in memory of Marie Lamey, R.N., a breast cancer nurse at Geisinger Health System, where Julie is Senior Director of Operations. Many of the volunteers were Geisinger employees who wanted to honor Marie with their participation, and Dr. Victor Vogel, Director of the Geisinger Cancer Institute, spoke at the opening ceremony.

Julie completed her breast cancer treatment in June. She tells other women that she thinks of breast cancer as a life sentence, not a death sentence. She has learned to level out and take a deep breath once in a while. She decided from the first day that she would not let it bring her down. Now, because of having had breast cancer, she has hundreds of friends that she didn’t have before. And probably hundreds more next year after the Ta-Ta Trot!

Continued Support in State College

Posted By on August 8th, 2011 at 10:45 am | 0 comments.

Energy CAP/Second Mile

It was a bittersweet day in State College on Saturday, July 30th. Our eleventh-and final-home run derby event of 2011 took place at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park on the picturesque morning. We had a few teams that were ready for some home runs, but no one lucked out! Check out how everyone stacked up.

Kyle Courtney from Barton Associates

We had one Single Batter at the Medlar Field, Tyler Smith had 375 points! Special thanks to all of our teams, volunteers and the staff from the Spikes. Our appearance in State College was a great way to round out the fourth year of the Take A Swing Against Breast Cancer events. Stay tuned for the final wrap-up of stats, big winners and thanks! In the mean time, check out photos from our day in Centre County!

Home Runs Lead the Pack in Altoona

Posted By on July 30th, 2011 at 11:04 am | 0 comments.

Batters wore their best!

The 4th Annual Take A Swing Against Breast Cancer home run derby is coming to a quick close. Where did July go?! The PBCC crew was excited for the derby to be at the Altoona Curve. And the day did not disappoint! Check out our high scores and the home runs that just kept on coming!
Single Batters at bat at Blair County Ballpark:
We handed out quite a few pink and white home run baseballs at Blair County Ballpark. We love seeing home runs, so we certainly enjoyed the day! Congratulations to all of the batters!

Team Hershey with their hot pink bats

Special thank you to the Altoona Curve, the staff, interns, field crew, and everyone who made the Home Run Derby a great day at Blair County Ballpark! WJAC, WTAJ and the Altoona Mirror all stopped by to check out the event. Thank you for helping to raise awareness in the Altoona area! Check out some of the great photos from the 10th stop of the 2011 Home Run Derby!

Williamsport Teams Hold Steady

Posted By on July 29th, 2011 at 9:38 am | 0 comments.

Jason Caccia from PSP Milton Taking Swings

On Tuesday, July 26th, the Home Run Derby made a stop at the Historic Bowman Field. The Williamsport Crosscutters welcomed the home derby batters and volunteers as we head into the home stretch for 2011.

Bald is Beautiful WilliamsportOur only Home Run Hitter in Williamsport was Josh Kendrik from the PA State Police. He hit two out of the park!Special thanks to Rep. Garth Everett, Mike Mussina, and all of our batters who swung for the fences. Thanks to everyone who came out and supported the derby. We raised over $9,500 through the efforts in Williamsport! Check out the photos from our day at the ballpark.

Record temps bring high points in Lancaster

Posted By on July 28th, 2011 at 1:57 pm | 1 comment.

Andrew Hackart at BatThe record high temperatures didn’t stop 21 teams, 3 single batters and dozens of volunteers from coming out and participating in the Home Run Derby on July 23rd. The event at Clipper Magazine Stadium raised an astonishing $11,500 for the PA Breast Cancer Coalition! None of this would have been possible without these teams and home run hitters!

Single Batters:

Home Run Hitters:

Guns of Roses (Lancaster City Police) Teams 1 & 2The Lancaster Sunday News hung out for the day and grabbed some shots of Andrew Hackart and the Guns of Roses. Check out the story online.

It was great to see fans cheering on the batters and volunteers working together in the outfield.  The teams put up some high scores and it was a close battle all the way to the end!  Rep. Eugene DePasquale’s Team 1 ultimately scored the 4 hot pink bats, but everyone is a winner for coming out and supporting the fight against breast cancer! Take a look at the photos from our day in Lancaster!

York Welcomes High Scores and the Sun

Posted By on July 26th, 2011 at 8:20 am | 0 comments.
The Heatwave: Summer 2011 continued on Friday, July 22nd at Sovereign Bank Stadium in York. The sun and heat didn’t keep the batters from striving for the outfield wall. If you’ve ever been to Sovereign Bank Stadium, you’re familiar with their Arch Nemisis in left field. Some of the home run hitters knocked it over the 37.7 foot wall! Check out the team scores and home run hitters!

Home Run Hitters in York:

Special thanks to FOX43 for their participation and covering the derby! Our volunteers stuck with the day through the hottest point and chugged the water! Thanks to everyone who made the event on Friday possible! Be sure to check out the photos from our day.

Humid Day Draws Crowd in Reading

Posted By on July 20th, 2011 at 12:56 pm | 0 comments.

Team Rep. Tina Davis

It was Tuesday, July 19th. The setting was the newly-redesigned FirstEnergy Stadium, home of the Reading Phillies. The temperature was approaching triple digits. And the humidity was out in force. These, however, were the perfect conditions for our teams to step up to the plate and show their support. Check out how the teams fared through the beginning of Heatwave: Summer 2011.

Single Batters:

Home Run Hitters:

Screwball Came to VisitFriends, family members and colleagues were out in force to show their support for the batters. Thanks to those who came out, including the volunteers! Everyone made the day a success. Special thanks to WFMZ for stopping by to cover our day at the ballpark. Check out some of the great photos from our muggy day at the Reading Phillies.