Targeted Breast Cancer Therapy Study Calling for Participants

Posted By on May 15th, 2014 at 10:14 am | 0 comments.

Are you currently undergoing breast cancer treatment? A new study is looking for survivors who are taking either Afinitor breast-cancer-study-for-PL Tykerb. Researchers want to learn more about the patient experience including daily nutrition and any side effects they may be noticing. Want to learn more?

GlaxoSmithKline’s Focus on the Patient team is conducting this study of oncology patients.  To be eligible, you must be:

•    Currently taking one of these medications – Afinitor or Tykerb – as part of treatment regimen for at least the past two months

•    Available to participate in on-on-one interviews on one of the following dates:  May 19, 20 or 21 to be conducted in Collegeville, PA or via Skype or telephone.

•    Willing to discuss daily nutrition and any side effects experienced as a result of this treatment as well as its effects on quality of life

Researchers are hoping to gain insight into any changes for patients related to the treatment.  If you are interested in volunteering for this study, please contact Kay Warner at kay.j.warner@gsk.com or call the PBCC at 800-377-8828.

Financial Assistance Available for Younger Cancer Survivors

Posted By on May 15th, 2014 at 10:14 am | 0 comments.

Help-for-young-survivors-for-PLIf you are under the age of 39 and have completed your treatment for breast cancer, you may qualify for a grant from Surviving And Moving Forward: the SAMFund for Young Adult Survivors of Cancer. The SAMFund provides financial assistance to young adults (ages 21-39) to empower survivors to achieve their educational, professional and personal goals. Grants cover a wide range of needs including medical bills, rent, utilities, gym memberships and transportation costs.
The two-part process begins in June with Part 1 of the application. Approved applicants submit Part 2 in November. Instructions for grant application are at http://www.thesamfund.org/grants/

FREE eBook: “Breast Cancer Basics”

Posted By on May 6th, 2014 at 10:00 am | 0 comments.

Breast-Cancer-Basics-PicThe PA Breast Cancer Coalition has compiled a “Breast Cancer Basics” book with helpful information on types of breast cancer, stages, treatments, nutrition and more.  It’s everything you need to know including tips for talking with your doctor and what to do if you don’t have insurance.  Download your copy, free of charge here.

If you know someone who has recently been diagnosed with breast cancer, request a free Friends Like Me care package for them from the PBCC.  Fill out the online form by clicking here and a box full of resources and small gifts will be on its way.

PBCC’s Rainy Day To-Do List

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

Governor and Mrs. Corbett Present Leadership Award to PBCC’s Pat Halpin-Murphy

Posted By on April 15th, 2014 at 8:40 am | 0 comments.

Pat-Hannah-Penn2Governor Tom Corbett and First Lady Susan Corbett presented PA Breast Cancer Coalition President Pat Halpin-Murphy with the first-ever Hannah Penn Leadership Award for Civic and Volunteer Leadership during Women’s History Month. The award is named for William Penn’s wife, Hannah, who served as the first female governor of PA. Congratulations Pat!

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 | 0 comments.

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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.

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Baseball is Back: Register Now and Take a Swing Against Breast Cancer

Posted By on April 15th, 2014 at 8:33 am | 0 comments.

home-run-derby-pic-for-PLThe PBCC is heading back to three ballparks this Summer and you’re invited to join the fun!  Go to bat against breast cancer with us in Harrisburg, Lancaster and Erie.  We’re looking for batters and volunteers to fight for breast cancer survivors and their families.  Can we count you in?

Registration is now open for all three Take a Swing Against Breast Cancer home run derby events.  This year, we’ve introduced three fundraising levels for batters with an easy-to-use website for receiving donations. Sign up as an individual batter or create a team and invite your family and friends. We hope to see you at this summer!
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PBCC Photo Exhibit Travels to Westmoreland County this May

Posted By on April 15th, 2014 at 8:32 am | 0 comments.
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Westmoreland County Exhibit Participant Ginny Amalong

Westmoreland County, home to one of the PBCC’s most successful Grassroots Partner events, Westmoreland Walks, Inc. will host our photo exhibit this May. The PBCC is also partnering with  Excela Health and the Pa Department of Health to bring 67 Women, 67 Counties: Facing Breast Cancer in Pennsylvania to Greensburg.

The exhibit begins with a FREE opening reception Thursday, May 1 at 6:30pm inside the North Entrance of the Excela Square at Norwin building.   Join us to kick-off this inspirational exhibit and celebrate breast cancer survivors.  Please RSVP to reserve your seat, as space is limited, by emailing Stacy@PABreastCancer.org or calling 800-377-8828 x 2306.

If you can’t make it on May 1, the photo exhibit will be displayed through May 10 at Excela Square at Norwin.  Many thanks to our partners Excela Health and Westmoreland Walks for bringing this educational exhibit to Westmoreland County!

For more details and to RSVP, click here.