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PBCC’s Rainy Day To-Do List

Posted By on April 30th, 2014 at 11:32 am | 4 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 | 0 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 | 0 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 | 0 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.

Volunteer Profile: Thank You Dr. Jill Herr!

Posted By on April 8th, 2014 at 8:23 am | 0 comments.

Jill HerrI’ve been a volunteer since last summer (2013), and I help put together the Friends Like Me care packages. I also represented the organization at a health fair at Millersville University in October 2013.

How did you first get involved volunteering with us?

After being diagnosed with breast cancer in November 2012, I was looking up information on the internet and came across the PABCC website. I was impressed by the work the PABCC is doing and wanted to help if possible.

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

The staff members are great. Also, knowing that the care packages have really been appreciated by the recipients is quite rewarding.

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

Try it out. I’ve been impressed by how many people have benefitted from the support that the PABCC provides, and there are so many ways to help out. I’ve had a lot of fun helping out.

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

A couple of months ago I put together a care package for a young survivor. She wrote back and said that it meant so much for her and was just what she needed. It really feels great to know that I could help someone in that way.

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

Volunteer Profile: Thank You Karen Byers!

Posted By on April 7th, 2014 at 8:28 am | 0 comments.

Karen CroppedHow long have you been a PA Breast Cancer Coalition (PBCC) volunteer?

I have been a volunteer with the PBCC since its inception.   The first thing I did was collect signatures on petitions requesting increased funding for breast cancer research.  These petitions were then taken to Washington (there was a big march to the White House).  Several members of our support group (the ABC’S) handed out material at the first Conference.  From that time forward, my husband and I filled the first tote bags that were distributed at the Conference; thereafter, the ABC’S graduated from my family room to a local store front (at a mall owned by Crown America, a former sponsor of PBCC), and then, for the past 12 years, at our church (First United Church of Christ in Carlisle).

From the first conference until the present, the ABC’S have “manned” the registration tables each year.   In addition, I have participated in the preparation of several photo exhibits and worked at health fairs distributing PBCC information/literature and free handouts.  I have also participated in several PBCC promotional videos over the past 20 years.

How did you first get involved volunteering with us?

I was invited to attend a meeting at WGAL-TV8 in Lancaster for a new breast cancer organization – my first introduction to the PBCC.  From that day on, I was hooked on becoming a volunteer and doing whatever I could to help promote breast cancer awareness.

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

The wonderful people I have had an opportunity to meet:  The incredible PBCC staff (small, but mighty) and volunteers, the wonderful women who attend the Conference each year, the one-on-one conversations with women and men whom I have met at the various health fairs and exhibits.  Being an advocate for breast cancer awareness has afforded me the opportunity to meet so many wonderful women who continue to inspire me.

The very best part of volunteering is that my daughter and granddaughter have begun volunteering at Conference – having the opportunity to share my passion and to see that they share the same passion as I for breast cancer advocacy.

PBCC2010_0100Any advice for someone who is thinking about volunteering but hasn’t yet taken the plunge to do so?

I volunteer, thinking I can be of help to someone else; however, I feel I am the one coming away learning from everyone else.  Volunteering with the PBCC is truly a wonderful experience that makes you feel as though you are really doing something to promote breast cancer awareness.  As much as is written regarding breast cancer issues, etc., it is amazing how many women there are who are not informed or know about the programs offered through the PBCC and how fortunate are the women of this Commonwealth, where breast cancer is concerned (free mammography, free treatment, the funds donated for research, etc.).  WE  MUST continue to make women aware of these programs and provide opportunities for involvement and advocacy.

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

Many years ago, I was with a group of volunteers who visited legislators in Harrisburg, knocking on their office doors and introduced ourselves.  Not being a public personality, I was terrified; however, I always think if I can help just one woman in her journey with breast cancer, anything I can do is well worth doing whatever needs to be accomplished.  After the first introduction, I relaxed and found it exhilarating as I stated my cause.  I have always felt that my volunteering with the PBCC has given me wings to soar to unknown heights and do whatever is necessary to help find a cure…so our daughters won’t have to.

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

Summer Derby Series Finishes Strong

Posted By on August 2nd, 2013 at 10:08 am | 1 comment.

Jody RoofThe sixth annual Take a Swing Against Breast Cancer® home run derby series made its final stop of the summer in Erie on Tuesday. We couldn’t have done any of  it without our sponsors and 195 volunteers. The 57 teams and 13 individual batters gave us a lot to cheer about throughout the summer. The derby saw twenty-four balls knocked out of the park! John Furlong amassed the most amount of home runs with an incredible 5 out-of-the-park hits! Congrats to our overall champions, hailing from the York Home Run Derby, Bombs With Burt!

Here’s a look at the top ten teams statewide:

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PeoplesBank 4 - 2,335

Mark & John Furlong – 2,175

PeoplesBank 3 - 1,875

Neuman’s Crew 2 – 1,810

PeoplesBank 2 – 1,725

Team Sporange – 1,590

Guns of Roses – 1,575

Tesco Tools 1 – 1,535232323232-fp53739-nu=3235-656-269-WSNRCG=3632533479327nu0mrj

Tesco Tools 2 – 1,525

RKL Team 2 – 1,525

Top Five Individuals Statewide:

John Furlong – 675

Blair Beer - 625

John Furlong – 535

Greg Gunter –  410

Jeff Ebersole – 375

We can’t thank everyone enough for your support! YOU helped raise awareness and funds all over the state of Pennsylvania. YOU are helping to find a cure now…so our daughters won’t have to!

Survivor Stories: Sandy Cray – Northampton County

Posted By on June 17th, 2013 at 8:16 am | 3 comments.

Sandy CrayWhile taking a shower, I discovered a lump in my breast. I was 36 years old and this was in 1995, when mammograms weren’t recommended for women under 50. Fortunately, I worked in the radiology field in a very forward-thinking facility. I already had an appointment scheduled with my gynecologist so I explained the situation. He agreed to give me a prescription for a mammogram and I had one that day.

The lump that I found in the shower turned out to be a harmless cyst. But, it called attention to the breast and there were very small areas of irregular calcifications in another part of my breast. That was the beginning of my breast cancer journey. I got a second opinion and chose to have a mastectomy followed by immediate reconstruction. After the surgery my treatment was complete. I did not have chemotherapy.

I then began my relationship with the PBCC. I felt strongly then and now that I was diagnosed at an early stage and at a young age for a reason. I felt it was my mission to share my story and share my experience with others.

I’m not the only breast cancer survivor. Every member of my family is a survivor of breast cancer. They are the people who helped me the most, except for my medical team. Every time I talk with a woman who is newly diagnosed, the first thing I tell her is “You are a survivor. You become a survivor the day you are diagnosed. You have so much power within yourself to fight this disease. You just have to know that it’s there within you.”

Breast cancer has actually been a positive in my life. It has taken me places for speaking engagements and women’s health opportunities that I never would have imagined.

 Sandy Cray serves on the PBCC Board of Directors as Lehigh Valley Vice President. She represents the PBCC frequently on exhibit committees, as conference workshop moderator, and public speaker. She has talked with countless newly-diagnosed women over the years, encouraging and supporting them through their own journeys. Sandy continues to work in the medical field. She and her husband Bill have a 15 year-old daughter Rachel who is a frequent volunteer at the PBCC Annual Conference.