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PBCC CARES Program ends a successful year

Posted By on June 1st, 2016 at 9:23 am | 0 comments.

by Pat Halpin-Murphy, President and Founder


Over the past year, we at the PBCC have been privileged to work with a fabulous group of students from the Harrisburg School District through our CARES Program. The CARES Program (Community Advocacy & Research Education for Students) is designed for high school students grades 10-12 who want to further their knowledge in the science of breast cancer, careers in the healthcare field and participate in breast cancer awareness and advocacy as a community service.

Click here to watch our video recapping this program and hear from the students who participated.

We are thrilled to announce that we will once again be working with the Harrisburg School District for the 2016/2017 school year.

3D Mammogram and Ultrasound: $50,000 Research Grant Winner Dr. Wendie Berg Examines Breast Cancer Screenings

Posted By on April 4th, 2016 at 9:41 am | 0 comments.

Study focused on effective screening techniques for women with dense tissue

Which is better at detecting breast cancer in women with dense breasts – an ultrasound or 3D mammogram? Dr. Wendie Berg, MD, PhD, FACR of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC aims to answer that question with her PBCC-funded research.

The PA Breast Cancer Coalition awarded a $50,000 grant to Dr. Berg this week to continue her studies of the two breast cancer screenings. Dr. Berg is specifically interested in screenings for women with dense breasts. Dense breast tissue can hide cancer on a regular 2D mammogram, and often, supplemental screenings are recommended. It is a personal subject for Dr. Berg; her mother was diagnosed when she was in high school and Dr. Berg found her own breast cancer diagnosis through additional testing.

Dr. Berg and her team hope to deter3-30 check presmine if one of the options (ultrasound or 3D mammogram) are best in detecting breast cancer. On October 5, 2015, the PBCC awarded Dr. Berg an extraordinary opportunity grant of $50,000 to jump-start the process. Her study was also chosen to receive a 2016 grant through the PBCC Breast Cancer Research Grants Initiative – a fund comprised of taxpayer donations and private funding from anonymous donors and foundations.

Watch the video below to learn more about Dr. Berg’s breast cancer screening research.

Every Pennsylvania taxpayer has the option to donate their state income tax refund directly to our Research Initiative on Line 32. By choosing Code A, you join our fight to end breast cancer. Didn’t get a refund? Click here to donate now. Our goal in 2016 is to establish an endowment fund for research that enables us to continue our important mission of finding a cure for breast cancer now… so our daughters won’t have to.

President’s Corner – Marking a Research Milestone: PBCC Contributions to Penn State Hershey Reach $800,000

Posted By on March 15th, 2016 at 8:32 am | 0 comments.

patheadshotforplby Pat Halpin-Murphy, President and Founder
The PA Breast Cancer Coalition is incredibly proud to announce its total contributions to researchers at Penn State Hershey Cancer Institute have now reached $800,000!

Our latest grant winner, Dr. Edward Gunther, will use his $50,000 prize in 2016 to study the growth of cells over time and to examine why certain cell subsets develop into breast cancer. Dr. Gunther hopes to find key information about breast cancer prevention and to eventually develop a test or screening tool with the information his team finds.

A major portion of our Breast Cancer Research Grants Initiative comes from taxpayer donations.  This is where YOU have the opportunity to bring us closer to a cure. Look for Line 32 on your PA-40 state income tax form and choose Code A to donate your refund directly to Pennsylvania breast cancer researchers. The average donation is $7 and the PBCC has used those donations to award more than $3 million in grants to innovative projects across the state.  This tax season, donate your refund to life-saving breast cancer research!


You’re Invited: PBCC Awards $50,000 Research Grant to Dr. Edward Gunther!

Posted By on February 15th, 2016 at 9:13 am | 0 comments.

patheadshotforplWant to be a part of our fight to end breast cancer? Join the PA Breast Cancer Coalition as we award a $50,000 breast cancer research grant to Dr. Edward Gunther on Thursday, February 25 at 9:30am at Penn State Hershey Medical Center. Dr. Gunther is one of four winners in our 2016 Breast Cancer Research Grants Initiative. He plans to focus on the cause of breast cancer by investigating cells that go on to cause breast cancer.  Dr. Gunther and his team hope their studies will clarify whether this special subset of breast cells accumulates over time.  If so, the cells could become an important target for breast cancer prevention.

Working toward a cure is a goal YOU can help us achieve every year around this time. How? All Pennsylvania residents have a chance to provide hope for our future during tax season. Just choose code “A” on line 32 of the PA-40 state income tax form and every penny will go directly to innovative research going on right here in Pennsylvania. Thanks to those donations, we have awarded more than $3 million in grants to date!

We hope to see you Thursday, February 25 in Hershey!  Click here to RSVP.

Conference 2015: Join us for Education, Advocacy and Action this October

Posted By on July 15th, 2015 at 11:12 am | 0 comments.

patheadshotforplBy Pat Halpin-Murphy, President & Founder

The Countdown to our 2015 PA Breast Cancer Coalition Conference is ON! Our staff is busy planning a day full of education and empowerment for all attendees. This year’s Conference will be held Monday, October 5 at the Hilton Harrisburg Hotel. We will kick it off in style with the PBCC Pink Party presented by Penn State Hershey Breast Center on Sunday, October 4, a free event celebrating our Grassroots Partners and survivors.

The PBCC has gathered brilliant minds in the field of breast cancer for our workshops with topics including metastatic breast cancer, nutrition, lymphedema, breast density, triple-negative breast cancer, fertility, yoga, DCIS, survivorship and more. It will be a day of learning and networking with hundreds of other attendees interested in learning the latest in research, treatments and advocacy.

The PA Breast Cancer Coalition offers 3 FREE Continuing Education hours to nurses who attend. Scholarships and travel grants are also available through the Cary Massa Memorial Scholarship Fund.



Perry County Welcomes PBCC Photo Exhibit, Survivors, Families to New Bloomfield Public Library

Posted By on June 15th, 2015 at 8:35 am | 0 comments.

perry-county-survivorsSuperheroes. That’s how Perry County survivor Ann Marie Potter described her two sons who stood by her side while she battled breast cancer. Ann Marie joined survivor and Grassroots Partner Helen Michener in sharing their personal stories, struggles and messages of hope at the opening of “67 Women, 67 Counties: Facing Breast Cancer in Pennsylvania” at the New Bloomfield Public Library this month. The photo exhibit was was on display June 4-13. Speakers encouraged women to get their annual screenings while sharing stories from their own personal journeys with breast cancer.

The PBCC welcomed dozens of community members for a week full of education and empowerment. We would like to thank the entire exhibit committee for allowing us to bring the display to New Bloomfield. The PBCC would also like to send a big thank you to Karns Foods for generously donating a delicious spread of food for the exhibit’s June 4 reception!

The PBCC’s exhibit features women from each of Pennsylvania’s 67 counties, along with messages about the ways in which breast cancer has touched their lives. The women reflect the diversity of Pennsylvania, and their stories reflect the impact of breast cancer on themselves, their families and their communities. The exhibit encourages women to learn about early detection and celebrates survivorship. “67 Women, 67 Counties: Facing Breast Cancer in Pennsylvania” is sponsored by the PBCC and funded by the Pennsylvania Department of Health.

Would YOU like to be featured in the PA Breast Cancer Coalition’s brand new photo exhibit?  Click here to share you story with us!


Registration Now Open for Free Affordable Care Act Webinar

Posted By on November 14th, 2014 at 7:54 am | 54 comments.

Affordable-care-act-webinar-for-PLNeed health insurance? Our free Webinar series continues Tuesday, December 2 at 7:00pm with everything you need to know about the Affordable Care Act.  This webinar, presented by U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Regional Director Joanne Grossi, will detail the marketplace insurance choices available.  You will learn the key components and features of the Affordable Care Act.  We hope you can join us!

Ask questions, get answers!


Conference 2014: Join us in Honoring Outstanding Oncologist, Dr. Kevin Fox

Posted By on September 15th, 2014 at 3:41 pm | 4364 comments.

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Pat Halpin-Murphy, PBCC President and Founder

Thousands of women are alive today, thanks to Dr. Kevin Fox.

Dr. Fox’s expertise and compassion shines through in his patients at the Rena Rowan Breast Center at Penn Medicine’s Abramson Cancer Center. For his excellence in oncology, the PA Breast Cancer Coalition will award Dr. Fox with the Potamkin Prize at the 2014 Conference on October 13 in Harrisburg. We hope you will join us in acknowledging the exceptional care he has provided to women in Pennsylvania for decades.

Dr. Fox will also present the PBCC Conference Plenary Workshop Session. Don’t miss it!

Watch the video below to learn more about Dr. Fox and his incredible work with breast cancer patients across the state.

To register for the 2014 PBCC Conference, click here.