When I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1990, the PBCC had not yet been created. I learned about the PBCC last June when the traveling photo exhibit visited Perry County. I was really overwhelmed to see how many survivors were represented, and the program at the exhibit opening was very touching.
On that August morning in 1990, I was reading and reviewing my Sunday School lesson when I felt a lump in my breast. The next day I called my gynecologist and he made an appointment right away. A needle biopsy proved it to be cancer. I was in the middle of the Perry County Fair and my kids showed animals, so I said I can’t do anything now. The doctor was going on vacation the week after the fair so we scheduled surgery for the following week. I had a lumpectomy at first and then a mastectomy and six months of chemotherapy.
My husband Glenn and I have a beef, cattle, and hog farm. We have two married daughters and four grandchildren. I did a lot of the farm work until our daughters got married and then our sons-in-law took over my jobs there. I taught school for 32 ½ years and I worked for Senator Jake Corman for seven years. Now I serve as Chairman of the Perry County Commissioners. I fill all my spare time with community things, volunteer efforts, serving on the board of Wings of Kindness, and anything that makes Perry County a better place to live and work.
Often someone will come by my office to ask advice for a friend or relative who’s been diagnosed with breast cancer. I tell them to remember that it’s not a death sentence. I believe that having a positive attitude is a major part of the survival process. And I believe a religious conviction is extremely important too.
The PBCC’s traveling photo exhibit 67 Women, 67 Counties: Facing Breast Cancer in Pennsylvania is now featured online! This educational work of art celebrates the life, courage, hope and dignity of women and families who have battled breast cancer. See the faces of the exhibit: Click here to see the new online display!
Just like the traveling exhibit, the website showcases at least one woman from each of the state’s 67 counties, including photographs, quotes and stories. The women featured on this website serve as a unique reminder of the emotional and physical toll breast cancer takes on them and their families. The exhibit encourages women to learn about and practice early detection through yearly mammograms, monthly breast self-exams, and annual clinical exams.
If you would like to host the traveling photo exhibit in your area, click here to fill out a request form.
Help The Fight is a non-profit organization in Lancaster, PA providing supportive funding for those diagnosed with breast cancer. This gap funding helps women and their families with household bills, medical treatment costs, daycare, insurance payments and much more. Financial assistance is also available for early screening for breast cancer.
To be eligible for funding, you must be currently in treatment for breast cancer, and your healthcare professional must complete the application form at http://www.helpthefight.org/fundingform/
One man and one Corvette are making one huge difference. Mount Joy business owner Jim Roberts, of Jim Roberts West Main Auto, is looking to rally the local community in his “One Lap of America” adventure. During the first week of May, this national endurance race challenges the preparation and staying power of both man and machine while raising money for charity.
Stickers will decorate the roof and body of the Corvette and can be purchased for a minimum donation of $10, benefiting the PA Breast Cancer Coalition (PBCC). The donor name will be listed, or stickers can be purchased in honor or memory of a loved one. To make a donation, visit pbcc.me/donate and fill in “One Lap of America” when prompted for the Title of Event.
Take our 1-question survey and join the 240+ mammography centers who have already shared information with the PBCC!
Do you work at a mammography center? We’d love for you to take 2 minutes to fill out our short 3D mammography survey. The PBCC has gathered information from 240 of more than 300 facilities offering mammograms across the state. Will you be next?
Help us to ensure our information is accurate when it comes to 3D mammograms in PA. Click here to take the survey now.
Bucks Valley Winery and Vineyard to host wine tastings, live music for PBCC
Spring has sprung and with it comes fun outdoor fundraisers for the PBCC! Save the Date for the Second Annual “Toasting a Cure at the Vineyard,” held at Bucks Valley Winery and Vineyards in Newport, PA on Saturday, June 11th. Join us for a delightful evening from 4-8pm on the patio of this Perry County winery and enjoy live music, delicious hors’d oeuvres, a silent auction and of course wine tastings!
Tickets are only $35 for this fabulous event, so grab your friends and join us to toast a cure at the vineyard this June! Find out all of the details and order tickets here.
Join Montgomery County Survivors and the PA Breast Cancer Coalition on May 17, for our exhibit opening at Einstein Medical Center Montgomery. Become inspired through stories and learn the importance for women to get annual screenings. Admission to the reception is free of charge. Want to go?
This exhibit includes a kickoff reception beginning at 5pm with a full program to follow, showcasing local breast cancer survivors sharing their stories as they faced the disease. The exhibit will be open through Monday, May 30. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to see it!
For more information or to RSVP to the event, click here!