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Hope for the Future: Supporting Outstanding Breast Cancer Researchers

Posted By on January 15th, 2015 at 10:30 am | 3 comments.

patheadshotforplBy Pat Halpin-Murphy, President & Founder

Busy doesn’t even begin to describe a day in the life of a cancer researcher. Between studying cells, conducting lab trials and applying for grants, they work ’round the clock in their search for a cure.
And they need our help. Desperately. You can donate directly to Pennsylvania scientists through the PBCC’s Refunds for Research campaign. How? Find line 32 on your state income tax form and choose code “A.” The average donation is $7 and every penny makes a difference. Take action and donate your refund to breast cancer researchers in PA. Together, we can eliminate this disease and find a cure for breast cancer now… so our daughters won’t have to.

In 2015, the PBCC will fund $50,000 grants to each of these three researchers:
Alessandro Fatatis, M.D., Ph.D., Professor of Pharmacology & Physiology, Drexel University College of Medicine
Xianxin Hua, M.D., Ph.D., Professor of Cancer Biology, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania
Mauricio Reginato, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Drexel University College of Medicine

Join the PBCC Wednesday, January 28 at 10:00am at Drexel University as we award our first two research grants to Dr. Fatatis and Dr. Reginato! To RSVP, email or call 800-377-8828 x2307.


It’s Tax Day! PBCC Awards Third $50,000 Grant to Penn Medicine Breast Cancer Researcher

Posted By on April 15th, 2014 at 8:33 am | 1165 comments.

Pat Halpin-Murphy, President & FounderBy Pat Halpin-Murphy, President & Founder

Every time I walk into the laboratory of a breast cancer researcher, I am inspired. Their passion to find a cure for this disease is what drives them every day. On this Tax Day, we hope that you will join us in taking action on their behalf through the PA Breast Cancer Coalition’s Refunds for Breast Cancer Research program.

We hope you will join us and make the commitment to take action. Donate your state income tax refund on Line 32 to Refunds for Research and help us find a cure for breast cancer now… so our daughters won’t have to.

This past week, the PBCC visited the Abramson Cancer Family Research Institute at the University of Pennsylvania to award Dr. Lewis Chodosh with a $50,000 grant for his excellent work studying breast cancer recurrence. With continued support, his discoveries may someday be able to prevent breast cancer from coming back years later.

Learn more about Dr. Chodosh’s research on breast cancer recurrence in the video below.


Take the Tax Challenge: Donate Your Refund to Breast Cancer Research

Posted By on March 14th, 2014 at 8:23 am | 195 comments.

Pat Headshot$8.00. That’s the average Refunds for Breast Cancer Research donation from Pennsylvania taxpayers on the state income tax form. It may not seem like a large amount, but the PA Breast Cancer Coalition has been able to turn those $8 donations into over $3 million in grants for outstanding PA breast cancer researchers working to find a cure.

We’re asking YOU to take the PBCC tax challenge this month. If you haven’t already done your taxes, look for Line 32 on the PA-40 form and consider making a difference for breast cancer survivors and their families. From there, share the message with friends and family.

How can you spread the word?

Share our :30 video PSA on Facebook and Twitter

- Tell your tax preparer about the importance of Line 32

- Take a proud picture with your tax form and email it to!
Every time you share the PBCC’s message, you’ll be entered to win a free registration to our 2014 Conference in Harrisburg!

Will YOU help us spread the word? Share our :30 video and make a difference beyond your donation. Thank you for supporting outstanding breast cancer researchers in Pennsylvania.


Funding the Fight: How You Can Help Researchers Find a Cure for Breast Cancer

Posted By on February 17th, 2014 at 8:57 am | 151 comments.

By Pat Halpin-Murphy, President & Founder

Pat HeadshotFor breast cancer survivors and our families, hope plays a crucial role in navigating the diagnosis and what comes next. Many of us wouldn’t be where we are today without the discoveries of breast cancer researchers working to provide that hope in labs across Pennsylvania. We look to them for new treatments and, ultimately, a cure.

That is why the PA Breast Cancer Coalition created Refunds for Breast Cancer Research. It allows Pennsylvania residents to donate all or part of their state income tax refunds directly to scientists within our state. The average donation is $8, and together we have raised more than $3 million to fund basic research that leads to breakthroughs of the future.

Many of you have asked, “What if I don’t receive a state income tax refund?” There’s still a chance for you to support Pennsylvania’s breast cancer researchers.

CLICK HERE to contribute to Refunds for Research.

PA Breast Cancer Survivor Dr. Nikki Shaffer shares her message on the importance of Refunds for Research below. Click on the video for her story.



President’s Corner: And the 2014 Refunds for Research Grants Go to..

Posted By on January 15th, 2014 at 8:42 am | 428 comments.

Pat Headshot - for PLPat Halpin-Murphy, President and Founder

It all starts with basic research. Thousands of Pennsylvania scientists begin their brilliant discoveries with laboratory studies and experiments. The PA Breast Cancer Coalition’s Refunds for Research program ensures their work will continue.

Pennsylvania residents have the opportunity each year to donate all or part of their state tax refunds on Line 32 of the PA-40 form directly to breast cancer research across the Commonwealth. Every penny raised in the Refunds for Research program supports researchers working to find the cause of and cure for breast cancer.

For 2014, the PBCC has selected three outstanding researchers to receive $50,000 grants:
•    Sandra Fernandez, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Medical Oncology
Jefferson Kimmel Cancer Center
•    Yanming Wang, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Pennsylvania State University
•    Lewis Chodosh, M.D., Ph.D., Professor of Cancer Biology
Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Congratulations Drs. Fernandez, Wang and Chodosh! In order to further the groundbreaking research going on right here in PA, we need your help. Donate your state tax refund to breast cancer research on Line 32 and bring us closer to a cure.

Join us Thursday, January 23 at 10:30 a.m. as we recognize Dr. Fernandez at the Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson in the Bluemle Life Sciences Building, Room 101 Mandeville Conference Hall, 233 S. 10th Street, Philadelphia. All are invited to attend! For more information, email

Click on the video below for more information on the PBCC’s Refunds for Research program.


Every Dollar Counts. Join our Fight to Find a Cure this Tax Season!

Posted By on December 16th, 2013 at 8:30 am | 170 comments.

Researcher-in-Lab-Wistar-Image-for-webDid you know your Pennsylvania state income tax refund can directly help to find a cure for breast cancer?  It can, and we believe it will.  Each year, the PA Breast Cancer Coalition awards grants to breast cancer researchers working to find the cause of and cure for cancer within the state through its Refunds for Research program.  How can you help?  It’s simple…

To donate,  look for Line 32 on the PA-40 tax form and list the amount of your state refund you would like to donate directly to breast cancer research.  Every penny of the money raised through Refunds for Research will fund projects in Pennsylvania.  More than $3 million has been raised since the program’s inception in 1997, but the need for funding and support is still great.  Your tax dollars today can make an impact on generations to come.  Consider donating a portion of your state income tax refund to breast cancer research.
For more information on the Refunds for Research program, click here.

Dr. Meyers’ Research Continues

Posted By on December 17th, 2012 at 8:01 am | 93 comments.

Last year, the PBCC presented Dr. Craig Meyers, a cancer researcher at Penn State Hershey Medical Center, with a $100,000 grant to further his promising research into a virus that kills breast cancer cells.  The PBCC also funded Dr. Meyers’ initial research on the virus through a PBCC Refunds for Research grant. We checked in with Dr. Meyers to get an update on his progress. The following is what Dr. Meyers had to say about his work:

“We have been finishing up our first mouse breast cancer study and manuscript, and are pleased to report that the results have been better than expected. The data shows that the same mechanisms used by the virus that killed triple-negative breast cancer cells in vitro (in a petri dish sample) also appear to kill triple-negative breast cancer cells in our living mouse sample as well. There is still a large public interest. I still get calls and emails weekly requesting updates, looking for hope, and providing encouragement to carry on.

Our current challenge is obtaining the additional funds necessary to move toward clinical testing, either from the federal government or a private organization. In the meantime, the response of smaller groups and individuals to organize fundraisers and provide donations to keep this research moving forward has been overwhelming. If not for the support of the PA Breast Cancer Coalition and numerous others, we would have been forced to stop work on this study a year ago. We will spend the remainder of the year applying for additional funds from the National Institute of Health. We just need to continue our efforts using what resources we have available. We are still excited about the results we have obtained and dedicated to do what we can to keep the research moving forward.”

PBCC President and Founder Pat Halpin-Murphy responds to breakthrough breast cancer study

Posted By on September 24th, 2012 at 2:38 pm | 224 comments.

Researchers have unveiled what they believe is a hallmark study for breast cancer patients and the doctors who treat them. Their findings, published Sunday in the journal Nature and the New York Times, are expected to pave the way for new treatment options in the coming years.

The project, funded by a larger federal grant, focused on a genetic analysis of breast cancer, which kills more than 12,000 women in Pennsylvania each year.  The scientists monitored the tumors of 825 breast cancer patients in the US. As a result, they found four distinctive types of breast cancer. Within those types, researchers say they identified at least 40 genetic alterations that might be attacked by drugs. Many of those drugs are already being developed for other types of cancers with the same mutations.

Researchers and patient advocates stress that it could still take years of research and clinical trials to incorporate the insights into new treatments. They say a wide variety of drugs will most likely need to be created and tailored to individual tumor types.

“This is a tremendous new development that will alter the way women with breast cancer are treated,” said PBCC President and Founder Pat Halpin-Murphy. “Of course, this is the first step, but I believe it’s the first step toward a cure for many types of breast cancer.”

The four types identified in the study are basal-like cancers, luminal A and B cancers, and HER2-enriched cancers. From here, doctors and researchers are hoping clinical trials and dozens of separate drug studies will help to develop new breakthroughs in treatment from the findings. Dr. Elizabeth Stark, a breast cancer patient and biochemist at Pfizer, says she knows it will take time, but she’s hopeful the research will lead to a cure. “In 10 years, it will be different,” she said. “I know I will be here in 10 years.”

To read the complete New York Times Article, visit this link: NY Times Article

To read the complete journal Nature study, visit this link: journal Nature study

The PA Breast Cancer Coalition represents, supports and serves breast cancer survivors and their families in Pennsylvania through educational programming, legislative advocacy and breast cancer research grants. The PBCC is a statewide non-profit organization dedicated to finding a cure now…so our daughters won’t have to. For more information, please call 800-377-8828 or visit