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Volunteer Profile: Thank You Dr. Jill Herr!

Posted By on April 8th, 2014 at 8:23 am | 1256 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 | 1012 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 | 108 comments.

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 | 1368 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.


Thank You PBCC Volunteers!

Posted By on January 21st, 2013 at 4:06 pm | 1520 comments.

Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’ – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

On this Day of Service, we’re looking back on the hundreds of volunteers who chose to do something for others in 2012 with the PBCC mission in mind.  From catching fly balls at Home Run Derby outings to reviewing grant applications to assembling and personalizing Friends Like Me care packages and more, 225 people donated their time to the PBCC last year alone with a total of 1,496.75 hours!  We cannot say “Thank You” enough for your time and dedication.  We hope to see even more new faces in 2013!

2012 Volunteer Hall of Fame

1. Dennis Eubanks – 153.75 hours

2. Karen Fry – 49.5 hours

3. Tammy Miller – 46 hours

4. Scott Bell – 44.5 hours

5. Gene Klinger – 34.5 hours

6. Tim Grove – 31 hours

7. Jo Ann Lightman – 28.5 hours

8. Clint Hibshman – 26 hours

9. Paul Pensinger – 25 hours

10. (TIE) Cheryl Delsite and Samantha Grove – 22.5 hours  

Thank you Volunteers!

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Why Will YOU Give?

Posted By on November 6th, 2012 at 2:03 pm | 85 comments.

This November 30, The PA Breast Cancer Coalition will join hundreds of nonprofits, organizations and businesses in Lancaster County for the Extraordinary Give.

So, what is this whole Extraordinary Give thing, anyway?  It’s a 24-hour online giving marathon hosted by the Lancaster County Community Foundation during which the PA Breast Cancer Coalition has an opportunity to raise thousands of dollars to support women and families in Pennsylvania.  Beginning at midnight, November 30, anyone in the world can log on to, search for the PBCC and give a donation of $25 or more.  During that time, the Community Foundation will choose donors for special incentives.  For example, during the “Midnight Madness” hours of 12am – 3am, the Foundation will select a donor at random and throw in a little “Extra” to whichever organization that person chose to support.  Click Here for more information on prizes or head to
Find out why many PBCC supporters have chosen to donate:

Will YOU Give to the PBCC?

If you’re undecided, we’ve chosen the Top 5 Reasons why you should consider it:

1.  All of the money will stay right here in Pennsylvania.   $.83 of every dollar we receive goes to support our programs and services.

2.  The need is great.  32 women in Pennsylvania will be diagnosed with breast cancer TODAY and more than 12,000 will be diagnosed this year.

3.  Research.  Scientists and doctors in PA are breaking ground on possible new treatments every day, but they cannot continue their work without funding from nonprofits like the PBCC.

4.  Advocacy.  There are no questions too big or too small.  The PBCC staff works to find the answers, treatments and resources for women every day.

5.  Because we need to find a cure now.  Each one of our programs at the PBCC supports that mission. From our Friends Like Me Care Packages to our Refunds for Research program, the PBCC relies strongly on contributions from the community to continue our work.

For 20 years, we have been fortunate to have generous donors, volunteers and Grassroots Partners.  The PBCC has set an Extraordinary Give goal of $3,200 – $100 for each woman in PA diagnosed with breast cancer every day.  Help us continue our mission for the next 20 years by setting aside a little “Extra” and participating in this year’s Extraordinary Give on November 30!



Bats, boas and Barnstormers: Lancaster teams Take a Swing Against Breast Cancer®

Posted By on July 31st, 2012 at 1:22 pm | 172 comments.

What a perfect way to wrap up derby season 2012!  15 teams and 2 individual sluggers battled it out on the field for bragging rights and those coveted pink bats this past Saturday at the home of the Lancaster Barnstormers.  After a rain-out earlier this month, our dedicated batters and volunteers showed their support yet again with an incredible turnout.  In the end, “Guns of Roses Team 1” from the Lancaster Police Department secured the top spot with 1,560 points.  The group enters the derby each year to support their co-worker, Judy, a breast cancer survivor of two years.  The day’s highest individual score went to Greg Gunter of Team UTI who smashed two homers over the Clipper Magazine Stadium fence and racked up 535 points!

Here is a complete look at this weekend’s standings:

Guns of Roses Team 1 – 1,560 Points (Lancaster winners!)

UTI Team 1 – 1,545 points (Greg Gunter with 2 home runs!)

Swinging for 2nd – 1,280 points

UTI Team 2 – 1,240 points

Guns of Roses Team 2 – 1,220

RKL – 1,170

Wells Fargo Team 2 – 1,150

Susquehanna Bank Team 2 – 1,025

Susquehanna Bank Team 1 – 975

Scared Hitless – 920

Wells Fargo Team 1 – 890

Dart Container Team 1 – 885

Dart Container Team 2 – 860

Team Emerald Team 2 – 830

Team Emerald Team 1 – 745

Individual Batter Scott Bell – 335

Individual Batter Judy Millan – 115


Congratulations to our home run hitter!

Greg Gunter – 2

Thank you to the awesome staff and crew at Clipper Magazine Stadium for making Derby #8 a success!  You can check out all of the Lancaster Derby photos by clicking here.  Don’t forget to stay up-to-date on PBCC news and events by following us on Twitter and Facebook!

Did we have fun or what?  Derby season would not have been complete without every one of our batters, volunteers and spectators!  Thank you for all of your hard work and support as we fight to find a cure to this disease.  We hope to see you again soon!

Batters of all ages step up to the plate in Altoona

Posted By on July 30th, 2012 at 10:26 am | 144 comments.

The Skys the LimitOn Wednesday, July 25, batters, fans and a plethora of volunteers came out to the Peoples Natural Gas Field, home of the Altoona Curve, to participate in the second-to-last home run derby of the season. Take a Swing Against Breast Cancer® at the Altoona Curve started out with a group of “little sluggers” stepping up to the plate to take their turn at the batting cage. This group, comprised of 3 batters under the age of 15, knocked off the socks of spectators as they made some incredible hits to the outfield and truly held their ground. Look out for this group in the years to come at Altoona!

Thanks to all of our teams, and the groups of volunteers who stayed with us throughout the day to shag balls in the outfield as the sun beat down on them…that’s dedication! We had groups from AT&T, Best Buy, YTI Career Institute and the Altoona Curve Junior. We couldn’t have been there without you, thanks for your support!

Check out the list of teams below, and our solo home run hitter!

Home Run Hitters:

Thanks to everyone who came out, including the staff of the Altoona Curve for their help and enthusiasm at our event. View all of the photos from the Altoona Derby at Peoples Natural Gas Field here.