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Home Run Derby Series In Full Swing

Posted By on June 20th, 2013 at 12:09 pm | 15 comments.

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The sights and sounds of the 6th annual Take a Swing Against Breast Cancer® series emanated through Metro Bank Park in Harrisburg on Tuesday. Eighteen teams and three individual batters stepped up to the plate in hopes of knocking one out of the park for the PA Breast Cancer Coalition. Team Sporange was able to pull out the win with help from Matt Rau who hit two balls out of the park; Ben Moyer contributed with his own home run minutes later. Bryan Snyder was able to tie Rau and Moyer for the highest individual score thanks to the home run he blasted into left field.

Here is a look at how other teams fared on Tuesday:

Team Sporange – 1,590 (Harrisburg Champions)

Susquehanna River Basin Commission – 1,560

Team Rocketballzier - 1,475

Highmark Team 1 – 1,160

Chesapeake Energy Team 1 - 1,150

Boyer & Ritter Team 2 – 1,135

Team Griswold – 1,135

Highmark Team 2 – 1,035

Boyer & Ritter Team 1 – 1,015

Harrisburg Office of the Mayor – 960

Hakuna Ma Ta Ta – 930

1st National Bank of Fredericksburg Team 2 – 880

1st National Bank of Fredericksburg Team 1 – 780

Chesapeake Energy Team 2 – 755

Penn State Hershey Cancer Institute – 675

abc27 – 670

Chesapeake Energy Team 3 – 485

Senator Rob Teplitz – 400

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Individual Batters:

Dustin Grigoryan – 270

Brooks Abeln – 195

Ben Yantis – 160

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Congratulations to our home run hitters!

Matt Rau (2)

Ben Moyer

Bryan Snyder

Jim Davis

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What a great way to start the derby series! You can check out all of the pictures from the day here. Don’t forget to stay up-to-date on everything PBCC by following us on Twitter and Facebook. Thank you to all of the batters, volunteers, and stadium staff who made the event run so smoothly. We couldn’t do it without you!

We hope to see you at our other locations throughout the summer!

 

Sacred Heart Hospital to Showcase PBCC Photo Exhibit This Week

Posted By on June 17th, 2013 at 8:17 am | 13 comments.

Robin LysekSacred Heart Hospital has partnered with the PBCC and the PA Department of Health to bring its FREE photo exhibit, 67 Women, 67 Counties: Facing Breast Cancer in Pennsylvania to Allentown this week.

This unique exhibit features women from each of Pennsylvania’s 67 counties, along with their stories of how breast cancer has touched their lives. The women exemplify the diversity of Pennsylvania, and their messages reflect the impact of breast cancer on themselves, their families and their communities. 67 Women, 67 Counties: Facing Breast Cancer in Pennsylvania encourages women to learn about early detection and celebrates survivorship.

The hospital will kick things off with a special opening reception featuring local breast cancer survivors, health care professionals, community members and representatives from the PA Breast Cancer Coalition on June 20 at 6:00pm.  The exhibit is free and open to the public.   We hope you will join us for this inspiring and educational event!

Read more about Thursday’s Opening Reception here.

 

Thank You Senators Mensch and Vance! PBCC Dense Breast Legislation Moves Forward

Posted By on June 17th, 2013 at 8:16 am | 12 comments.

Dense Breast LegislationImportant legislation regarding Dense Breast Tissue Screening, sponsored by Senator Bob Mensch, has passed the PA Senate Public Health and Welfare Committee.  We need YOUR help to make sure it becomes law in Pennsylvania.

Senate Bill 358 would require radiologists to alert patients who have dense breast tissue and to offer those patients alternative screening options.  Dense breast tissue increases a woman’s risk of being diagnosed with breast cancer at a late stage. Many women with dense breast tissue do not know they have it and, if they do, a mammogram may not be enough to detect a lump or irregularity in the breast. By asking your local Senator to vote “Yes” to Senate Bill 358, you can make sure that changes.

Click here to contact your Senator today and make a difference for thousands of women in PA!

 

 

Stauffers of Kissel Hill Raises Thousands at Pink Day Event

Posted By on June 17th, 2013 at 8:16 am | 10 comments.

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Pink Flowers, Pink Cupcakes, Pink Watering Cans… You name it… Stauffers of Kissel Hill had it at the 2nd Annual Pink Day event for the PBCC!

Stauffers generously donated 2% of all sales on June 1st to breast cancer survivors in Pennsylvania.  Every Stauffers Garden Center location offered prizes, pink popcorn, sweet treats and educational information for customers, including pink pig watering cans donated by Novelty.  There was even a pink tractor!  The event was an incredible success, raising more than $8,400 to support the cause.  Thank you Stauffers!

Click here for Stauffers’ blog post on the event.

 

Study: “Chemo Brain” Exists

Posted By on June 17th, 2013 at 8:16 am | 47 comments.

Chemo BrainMany breast cancer patients report experiencing problems with memory and concentration, which is commonly referred to as “chemo brain.”  For some time, scientists have questioned whether or not these reports were related to anxiety and depression or physiological changes to the brain due to cancer treatment.  A new study performed by Dr. Patricia Ganz, director of cancer prevention and control research at UCLA’s Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center, found evidence that “chemo brain” does exist and treatment may cause neurophysiological changes, which can affect cognition.  This study tested patients and discovered that poorer cognitive performance was associated with higher levels of self-reported cognitive complaints and symptoms related to depression.  Additionally, poorer performance on psychological testing was associated with patients who have had both chemotherapy and radiation.  Ganz discussed that this study was different than those of the past because “In this study, we were able to look at specific components of the cognitive complaints and found they were associated with relevant neurophysiological function test abnormalities.”  This study is part of an ongoing project to find the extent to which hormone therapy effects memory and thinking in breast cancer survivors.

Click here to read the complete article.

 

Patient Advocacy Tip: Finding Accurate Medical News Online

Posted By on June 17th, 2013 at 8:15 am | 0 comments.

woman on computerfor PLMedical news can change often; one week, a new “breakthrough” is discovered, only to be disputed the next week. As a result, it is difficult to know what news to believe and how it affects your decisions. Finding accurate information on the internet can sometimes be overwhelming.

The American Society of Clinical Oncologists (ASCO) offers oncologist-approved patient information at www.cancer.net. The site offers medical information on more than 120 types of cancer and related syndromesclinical trialsmanaging side effectscaregiving, and much more. It’s meant to be a valuable resource throughout a patient’s cancer journey, from the time of diagnosis, through treatment, and into long-term survivorship.

The content is subject to a formal peer-review process by an editorial board composed of more than 150 medical, surgical, radiation, and pediatric oncologists; oncology nurses; social workers; and patient advocates.

You will find tips on coping, survivorship, cancer news and research articles. With a quick click, the text translates into Spanish. Cancer.Net also offers a free app for iPhone, iPad and Android. Features include an interactive tool to keep track of questions for your doctor, a symptom and side effect tracker and a place to save details about prescription medications.

 

“Pretty on Purpose” Pampers Survivors in Pennsylvania

Posted By on June 17th, 2013 at 8:15 am | 78 comments.

Saks Pamper Me PicHave you recently been diagnosed with breast cancer?  Saks Fifth Avenue Philadelphia and Bobbi Brown cosmetics are teaming up to offer a FREE day of pampering for survivors this August!

Theresa Turner, a breast cancer survivor and Bobbi Brown Artist will host an exclusive program  featuring specialists in skincare, beauty and bra fittings on August 3 from 10:30am to 1:00pm at the Saks Fifth Avenue in Bala Cwynyd.  We’re looking for 10-12 survivors who have been diagnosed with breast cancer in the past 6 months to be chosen on a first-come, first-serve basis to participate in this unique pampering party.  Travel costs are not included.  If you’d like to be considered, please contact our Community Outreach Director Kristen Snoke at Kristen@PABreastCancer.org or 717-769-2301.

For more information on the “Pretty on Purpose” program, click here.

President’s Corner: Celebrating 20 Years Strong!

Posted By on May 13th, 2013 at 9:07 am | 8 comments.

Pat HeadshotWe made history, again. The PBCC celebrated 20 years of education, outreach and advocacy last week with a rally in the State Capitol Rotunda. The event kicked off a special presentation of 67 Women, 67 Counties: Facing Breast Cancer in Pennsylvania, the PBCC’s photo exhibit which will be on display in the Rotunda through May 17. 32 women, all in pink, stood on the Capitol steps to represent the 32 women diagnosed with breast cancer in Pennsylvania every day. PA Secretary of Health Michael Wolf spoke of the importance of the exhibit and its impact on early screening awareness and Central PA Photo Exhibit Participants Debbie Freer and Alice Sanders shared their inspiring stories. Both the State House of Representatives and State Senate passed resolutions proclaiming May 7, 2013 “PA Breast Cancer Coalition Day” in honor of our 20th Anniversary year.

The special 20th Anniversary reception is just the beginning of the events we have in store to celebrate this milestone. Mark your calendars now to join us for special events happening this fall. On October 1, join us back at the Capitol to “Color It Pink” at the East Wing fountain. Come out to the Harrisburg Hilton on Monday, October 14 for the “Pink Party” evening reception honoring our Grassroots Partners and kicking off our 20th Anniversary Conference. On October 15, you’re invited to the PA Breast Cancer Coalition Conference. Help us celebrate 20 years of working to find a cure for breast cancer now… so our daughters won’t have to.

For a list of upcoming 20th Anniversary events, click here.

 Click on the video below to see some of WGAL’s TV coverage of the 20th Anniversary event.

CELEBRATING 20 YEARS STRONG THUMBNAIL