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National Volunteer Week Spotlight: Diane Funston

Posted By on April 16th, 2015 at 9:03 am | 291 comments.

The PA Breast Cancer Coalition is able to provide support and advocacy to breast cancer survivors, families, researchers, caregivers and medical professionals through the tremendous support of its volunteers.  We couldn’t do what we do without them!  April 12-18 is National Volunteer Week, so we asked some of our faithful volunteers here at the PBCC to share more about their experiences making a difference across the Commonwealth.  Thank you volunteers!!!

I got involved DIANE PIC April 2015with PBCC after I was diagnosed with breast cancer in October 1996. I attended my first PBCC conference in October 1998 and I was overwhelmed by the content of the conference, the volunteers, the PBCC staff so you can say I was hooked. I came home and contacted them to see how I could get involved with them.

My volunteer activities have included volunteering at the yearly conference, legislative advocacy events, health fairs, education fairs, grassroot partners events, past Board of Directors member,  Traveling Photo Exhibit committee member and others I’m sure I’m forgetting to mention.

I am a sponsor for the YMCA in Carlisle of a grassroots fundraising event which started in 2012 and was called “Get Your Pink On” fitness challenge to raise awareness for breast cancer. In 2014 this event was expanded to include the month of September and Prostate Cancer and is now called “Get Your Pink and Blue On Challenge.” Proceeds from this event are donated to the PA Breast Cancer Coalition and PA Prostate Cancer Coalition. Carlisle YMCA

The best benefits from my volunteering efforts are the impact on the community. I feel strongly volunteers are the glue that hold the community and the PBCC together. Volunteering allows me to connect with the community and increase awareness. Even helping out with the smallest task can make a real difference to the lives of people in need. Volunteering is a two-way street: It benefits me as much as the cause. Dedicating my time and talent as a volunteer helps me make new friends and connections with people I otherwise would never have if I did not volunteer.  It also strengthens my existing relationships by my commitment to the PBCC’s fulfilling and fun activities and the tie to not only the community but it also broadens and exposes me to people that need us most… the newly diagnosed, those not yet diagnosed and survivors.

I can’t pick just one favorite volunteer experience since they are all unique in their own way and they have made me a much stronger and richer person. My volunteer experiences are all fun, meaningful, interesting, energizing and ways for me to use my own personal experience and journey to hopefully touch the lives of women and men walking this same journey.

National Volunteer Week Spotlight: Michael Grabauskas

Posted By on April 15th, 2015 at 10:12 am | 303 comments.

The PA Breast Cancer Coalition is able to provide support and advocacy to breast cancer survivors, families, researchers, caregivers and medical professionals through the tremendous support of its volunteers.  We couldn’t do what we do without them!  April 12-18 is National Volunteer Week, so we asked some of our faithful volunteers here at the PBCC to share more about their experiences making a difference across the Commonwealth.  Thank you volunteers!!!

Michael GI had met and become friends with Dolores Magro at a local coffee shop in Harrisburg. One Friday, after beginning her new job with a new non-profit (PA Breast Cancer Coalition), she came into the coffee shop and informed me that we would have to curtail our weekend plans because she had brought home a work project that would tie up her weekend. She told me she had to stuff hundreds, maybe even thousands, of envelopes with information about Mothers Day Mammograms (a new program) and it was going to take a lot of work. I had been working political campaigns since I was 15 and one thing I had down pat was stuffing and sorting envelopes!  We went to her house and in just about 2 hours we had it done!  I helped with anything else that came along. It lead to the conferences and I would even get supplies from vendors to either the office or Karen Byers depending where they were needed. Helped with fundraising calls. Typically now I am a “traffic cop” at the conference making sure everyone attending finds everything they need to so they enjoy their day. And I’m always available for anything!  Also, I got to watch the PBCC’s influence on my best friend Dolores Magro (Now PBCC Director of Patient Advocacy) and how it turned her into the best person I’ve ever known outside my family. She and all PBCCers are my family!
The best part of volunteering with PBCC is getting to see some of the most amazing women in our state coming together and taking control of theirs and others lives and health. Seeing so many women caring and nurturing publicly is the most amazing experience I’ve ever had. I’ve seen men in very powerful political and business positions being brought to tears and joy every year by witnessing the stories of empowerment. It has constantly given me power over anything I encountered in my life.

I’ve had so many wonderful experiences. But I think my most memorable would be related to the actual Conference luncheon. A participant each year asked for a very special lunch because it was keeping within their health regimen. My job was to find this person, find their table, check with the kitchen, inform the wait staff, and make sure she received her macro-biotic lunch. The first year was new for all the entities. But each year it became easier. For me I was fascinated as I had never heard of that diet. And it was fun to find one person out of the 1000+ who attended. But it all came together for me when several years later, I ran into the woman at a local grocery store. She wanted to thank me for making sure that her specific needs were met each year at the conference. There were many years she didn’t know if she would be well enough to even attend. But she knew that I would be there to make certain she had a good healthy meal. I’ve never forgotten her.

National Volunteer Week Spotlight: Madelyn Rodriguez

Posted By on April 14th, 2015 at 9:32 am | 263 comments.

The PA Breast Cancer Coalition is able to provide support and advocacy to breast cancer survivors, families, researchers, caregivers and medical professionals through the tremendous support of its volunteers.  We couldn’t do what we do without them!  April 12-18 is National Volunteer Week, so we asked some of our faithful volunteers here at the PBCC to share more about their experiences making a difference across the Commonwealth.  Thank you volunteers!!!

Bloomsburg UniversityI first got involved with PBCC through a former supervisor. They were actually on the volunteer committee and they were able to connect me with PBCC. I typically support PBCC through our annual Breast Cancer walk that is hosted at Bloomsburg University campus. All of the funds collected we donate to PBCC. We also have our annual Hoops for a Cure in February with our Men and Women Basketball teams where we promote PBCC and donate those funds as well.

The best part I would say are the people at PBCC that I get to work and interact with. The staff is always accommodating and helpful. Whenever I need help with the breast cancer walk they are always there and if I need “giveaways”  for an event – no one ever says “no”.

The best part about my volunteer experience? I would say the breast cancer walk – we have been organizing this event for over 12 years and it’s still going strong!

Would you like to volunteer to help breast cancer survivors and their families across Pennsylvania?  Click here to fill out our volunteer form today!  Together, we are finding a cure for breast cancer now… so our daughters won’t have to!

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Thank you to Madelyn and to everyone involved with organizing this incredible event each year at BloomU!

National Volunteer Week Spotlight: Stephanie Lux

Posted By on April 13th, 2015 at 8:22 am | 359 comments.

The PA Breast Cancer Coalition is able to provide support and advocacy to breast cancer survivors, families, researchers, caregivers and medical professionals through the tremendous support of its volunteers.  We couldn’t do what we do without them!  April 12-18 is National Volunteer Week, so we asked some of our faithful volunteers here at the PBCC to share more about their experiences making a difference across the Commonwealth.  Thank you volunteers!!!

Stephanie Lux 1In 2012, I started FASTPITCH FOR A PURPOSE, which is a fast-pitch softball fundraiser that raises money to support and promote breast cancer awareness. It was during the planning stages of this event, that I was first introduced to the staff at PBCC. When we contacted PBCC regarding the event, they were extremely supportive and responsive. This year will be our 4th annual FASTPITCH FOR A PURPOSE event and we have raised over $28,000 for PBCC. In addition to holding this event, I have photographed a few of PBCC events and assisted at the Take A Swing events.Stephanie Lux 2

When you volunteer with PBCC, you are appreciated and supported! The best part of volunteering at PBCC is that they make you feel like part of the PBCC family and they are so appreciative of your efforts. Pat Halpin-Murphy is an amazing inspiration and advocate. I’m proud to represent such amazing lady and organization.

Stephanie Lux 3Any time you spend volunteering with PBCC is a great experience, however, the FASTPITCH FOR A PURPOSE event has been my best volunteer and inspiring experience. The event is filled with an entire day of softball, and while enjoying the games, we are raising money for PBCC. This event has brought a small community together to support a well-respected organization and raise awareness in Southern York County. The event was developed to inspire young ladies and the community and I believe we have achieved our mission! This event could not be successful without the continued support of our community, family, friends and PBCC.

Would you like to volunteer to help breast cancer survivors and their families across Pennsylvania?  Click here to fill out our volunteer form today!  Together, we are finding a cure for breast cancer now… so our daughters won’t have to!



 

PBCC’s Rainy Day To-Do List

Posted By on April 30th, 2014 at 11:32 am | 858 comments.

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April Showers just won’t seem to let up (at least at the PBCC office in Lebanon)!  If you’re battling the rainy day blues, check out our to-do list for days like this:

1.  Schedule your mammogram!  Don’t put it off.  Early detection saves lives.  No insurance?  Check out PA’s Healthy Woman program here.

2.  Start a new book.  Rainy days are perfect for reading.  Look through our list of favorites in the PBCC book club here.

3.  Sign up to volunteer.  The PA Breast Cancer Coalition and its Grassroots Partners host events year-round to support survivors, their families and breast cancer researchers including the upcoming Take a Swing Against Breast Cancer Home Run Derby.  Click here for more information.

4.  Be Inspired.  Browse our online photo exhibit, 67 Women, 67 Counties: Facing Breast Cancer in Pennsylvania for quotes and photos from brave women all across the state.  The exhibit will be on display starting this Thursday, May 1 in Westmoreland County.  Join us! Details here.

5.  Break a sweat!  Hitting the gym is a great stress-reliever and we all know it’s good for our health.  If you’re a survivor, find out if there are any free programs in your area like the Pink Complete program at Lebanon YMCA.

6.  Take a nap.  Catching some extra Zzzs can be just what you need to recharge.

7.  Share Your Story.  Every breast cancer survivor has a unique journey.  Share yours with us and inspire other women just like you.  Click here to send us your story.

8.  Grab coffee with a friend.  If you don’t feel like going out, order in.  Chick Coffee has a whole line of products that support our cause.  Check ‘em out here.

9.  Two words – Bubble. Bath.

10.  Eat up.  Try a new recipe or whip up some comfort food.  Looking for something yummy and healthy?  Check out the Silver Pen blog for something fresh and new.  Bonus: It’s written by a breast cancer survivor who also shares some great stories and tips to navigate a diagnosis.

Volunteer Profile: Thank You Wayne G. Harvey!

Posted By on April 11th, 2014 at 9:01 am | 404 comments.

WaynepicFor the last seven or eight years I’ve volunteered at the PBCC Conference, working the merchandising counter but mostly handing out totebags.  I was also part of a group who recorded a Peace/Christmas CD whose proceeds benefited the Coalition.

 How did you first get involved volunteering with us?
A very good friend of mine works for the coalition.  After she explained to me all the good the Coalition does in the state of Pennsylvania, I felt privileged to help in whatever way I could, whether it be volunteering or spreading the word about this amazing bunch of women whose fight it is to raise awareness and advocate on behalf of the women in this state.

What would you say is the best part of volunteering with PBCC?
I always feel a humbling sense of accomplishment when I watch the PBCC staff work to make putting on this big conference look so easy.  Most people don’t understand all the effort that goes in to presenting the conference, and how many long and sleepless hours these brave and unyielding women put in to make it happen.  Knowing that even in some small way I help to make that process easier makes me feel good about myself.

Any advice for someone who is thinking about volunteering but hasn’t yet taken the plunge to do so?
Do it!  It’s such a small sacrifice of time and energy, but you feel like you’re part of something so much larger, and become part of an effort that means so much to so many people.  Every day we take for granted organizations like the PBCC.  And though there are so many organizations that involve breast cancer, there are none that spend the time advocating for women’s rights and health issues like the Coalition.  That is what’s truly important in the state of our union.  You can raise all the money you want for cancer research, and, yes, that’s a very important thing, but you still need to address the day-to-day hurdles that women face while dealing with this dreaded illness.  That’s the strength of the Coalition, and that’s their purpose.

Volunteer Profile: Thank You Alice Sanders!

Posted By on April 10th, 2014 at 8:34 am | 105 comments.

Alice SandersI have served on the board of the PBCC for 20 yrs. as the VP, South Central Region which covers Lancaster, Harrisburg, York, Carlisle, Williamsburg and surrounding areas. In this capacity, I have participated as a strong advocate for women diagnosed with breast cancer.  I have personally walked beside women as they journeyed through the diagnosis, treatment and recovery stages of breast cancer. I am one of the original participants in the “67 Women, 67 Counties” photo exhibit. I have provided a voice to support the mission of the PBCC of “Finding a Cure for Breast Cancer” so our daughters won’t have to. 

How did you first get involved volunteering with us?

My first involvement with the PBCC began in 1994 (a year after my diagnosis with breast cancer in May 1993) when I assisted the first executive director with the PBCC Mother’s Day Mammogram Program (a program no longer needed because the PBCC secured legislation for the Healthy Woman Program). I joined the board in October 1994.

What would you say is the best part of volunteering with PBCC?

The best part of volunteering with the PBCC is the broad outreach to women in the State of PA.  I am so proud of the work that we do to advance research and to secure legislation to fight the disease of breast cancer.

Any advice for someone who is thinking about volunteering but hasn’t yet taken the plunge to do so?

Anyone looking for meaningful volunteer work should consider joining the PBCC.  We need more grass root partners to assist us with fund raising to advance research.  We need community voices throughout the State of PA to help us push forward legislation to empower women with up-to-date treatments. The PBCC is unique because we are a “state-wide” breast cancer group representing the 67 counties in PA. 

Any volunteering memory/short story you’d like to share?

My most memorable story that I’ve shared over the past 20 years is: While lying in my hospital bed at Lancaster General Hospital in June 1993, the night before my breast cancer surgery, I saw on WGAL-TV 8 our President, Pat Halpin-Murphy, and the founders of the PBCC exclaiming with fierce determination that they were organizing to find a cure for breast cancer.  The visual image of their fight to advance research for breast cancer was God’s way of speaking to me to help me find a purpose for my diagnosis.  I have used my affliction as a platform to help other women.  

Volunteer Profile: Thank you Cheryl Delsite!

Posted By on April 9th, 2014 at 8:25 am | 99 comments.

Cheryl CroppedHow did you first get involved volunteering with us? 

Mrs. Ridge and her staff suggested I contact the PBCC when I was having an issue getting my ruptured implant replaced. I was beyond the 6 year window that was allowed by law and my insurance refused to pay for it. The PBCC worked to get the law changed.  I’ve been involved ever since.

Describe your volunteer work for the PBCC.

I have been volunteering for the Coalition for about 14 years.  I think I have done a little bit of everything.  I have been on committees raising funds for the PBCC.  I have represented the Coalition when a staff member couldn’t be there and I work at the conference registration booth.  And I am one of the pictures in the 67 Women display.cheryl delsite, northumberland

What would you say is the best part of volunteering with PBCC? 

Meeting people from all over the state. (I’ve made some great friends.)  Representing the Coalition at different events and seeing the creative ways people are raising money for the fight and spreading the word about the PBCC.

Any advice for someone who is thinking about volunteering but hasn’t yet taken the plunge to do so?

It is one of the best experiences and you will get so much out of it.  Plus you get to attend some great events with some wonderful people while representing a fabulous organization!

Any volunteering memory/short story you’d like to share?

It would be hard to pick just one.  I have so many!

Want to volunteer with the PA Breast Cancer Coalition?  Click here.