Do you shop on Amazon.com? Did you know you can arrange for Amazon to donate to the PBCC every time you make a purchase? AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support the PBCC every time you shop, at no cost to you. When you shop at smile.amazon.com, you’ll find the exact same shopping experience as Amazon.com, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate 0.05% of the purchase price to the PBCC. It really adds up!
On your first visit to AmazonSmile, you need to select the PA Breast Cancer Coalition to receive donations from eligible purchases before you begin shopping. Amazon will remember that you’ve selected the PBCC, and then every eligible purchase you make at smile.amazon.com will result in a donation to our efforts.
The 6th Annual Ride 4 Life will be held Saturday, April 23 at the Shale Knoll Indoor Arena in Annville. This one of a kind barrel racing event offers courses for riders of all experience levels. Whether you are a rookie or a master, there is a course for everyone. Don’t miss it!
Started by breast cancer survivor Shelly Mix, Ride 4 Life has raised $13,000 over the years for the PA Breast Cancer Coalition. Shelly says she enjoys organizing the event every year because it’s something she feels passionate about.
“As a breast cancer survivor and an avid barrel racer, I wanted to find a way to return the kindness and generosity shown to me in my time of need twelve years ago. I encourage every mom, sister, daughter, wife and friend to get a mammogram – it saved my life! Please join us for this festive day to celebrate and remember!” – Shelly Mix
Click here for event details.
3D mammograms are FREE for women in Pennsylvania! If you are insured under PA law or if you are covered by Medicaid in PA, 3D mammograms are available at no cost to you.
Click here to download our free 3D mammogram information sheet.
Click here for frequently asked questions about 3D mammograms from the PA Insurance Commission.
Casting for Recovery is an organization that allows women who have, or have had, breast cancer to meet in a natural setting and learn the sport of fly fishing. The retreats offer an opportunity to meet new friends, exchange information, and have fun. Experience something new while enjoying beautiful surroundings within a safe and nurturing environment. Click here to learn more and to apply for YOUR retreat!
Casting For Recovery offers 2 ½ day fly fishing retreats at absolutely NO COST! In addition to retreats across the country, there are two in Pennsylvania: September 18-20th at Skytop Lodge in Skytop PA, and August 26-28th at The River Village, Spruce Creek PA. The deadlines for applying are July 10th for Skytop and June 17th for Spruce Creek.
Survivor Mary Waugaman, center, found comfort through a fishing program for survivors called Casting for Recovery. For more information, see this month’s Patient Advocacy tip!
Mary Waugaman, Indiana County
My mom had breast cancer in 1997 and her surgeon said, “When your daughter turns 35 I want her to get a baseline mammogram.” So two months before my 35th birthday in May 2006 my mom started nagging me. I scheduled the mammogram for July just to get her off my back. Luckily for me I turned 35 when I did and my mom kept nagging me because with that baseline mammogram I was diagnosed with stage 2 breast cancer.
I had a lumpectomy and lymph node dissection and then chemo and radiation. Then in 2008 I had a recurrence. The recurrence was estrogen positive so they suggested removing my ovaries, which I did in January 2009.
I found out that I was very strong. I hadn’t known that about myself. I remember before my first chemo treatment my dad saying, “It’s OK to be scared, honey.” But I wasn’t scared. I got very sick with the chemo but I knew what I had to do and I did it. When the recurrence happened, I didn’t think twice. I knew I had to have a mastectomy. I felt like breast cancer was coming back for me and I wanted to stop it. When my ovaries were removed I went into instant menopause. Of course then that meant I was unable to have children. Cancer took that from me too. I found myself getting depressed. You go through all the medical stuff and do what you have to do and then when it’s over you say, “what just happened?”.
My job as front office supervisor at Pediatric Alliance is two hours away from where I live so I don’t have a lot of spare time to connect with people and do therapeutic things for myself. But in 2012 I went to a Casting for Recovery retreat. That was the most amazing experience of my life. Casting for Recovery is a program that offers 2 ½ day fly fishing retreats for women with breast cancer. There were so many women with different stories and while no one’s experience was just like mine, each one could relate to one part of my story and vice versa. I got back into nature and found peace and quiet. That was the beginning of the healing of my mind and soul that I didn’t even realize were damaged. It brought me back to the person I was before breast cancer. I still stay in touch with those women.
My best advice for others is to be your own advocate. If you don’t feel comfortable, it’s OK to get a second opinion. Talk to people, talk to your doctors, and don’t just do what you’re told unless you feel like you’re making the right decisions. And I share with them what someone told me … it’s OK to laugh and it’s OK to cry. As long as you have that little bit of laughter along with the crying.
There is a reason they call it “The Goosebump Game.” Pink Zone at Penn State brings thousands of fans and hundreds of breast cancer survivors together for a day of empowerment and action – and LOTS of pink! The PA Breast Cancer Coalition is fortunate enough to be a beneficiary of Pink Zone and to have participated in this year’s along with survivors and members of its PBCC CARES student program.
The PBCC was there for all of the action as the Lady Lions took on the Michigan Wolverines January 17. Watch the video below for highlights and insights from the big game!
Want to be a part of our fight to end breast cancer? Join the PA Breast Cancer Coalition as we award a $50,000 breast cancer research grant to Dr. Edward Gunther on Thursday, February 25 at 9:30am at Penn State Hershey Medical Center. Dr. Gunther is one of four winners in our 2016 Breast Cancer Research Grants Initiative. He plans to focus on the cause of breast cancer by investigating cells that go on to cause breast cancer. Dr. Gunther and his team hope their studies will clarify whether this special subset of breast cells accumulates over time. If so, the cells could become an important target for breast cancer prevention.
Working toward a cure is a goal YOU can help us achieve every year around this time. How? All Pennsylvania residents have a chance to provide hope for our future during tax season. Just choose code “A” on line 32 of the PA-40 state income tax form and every penny will go directly to innovative research going on right here in Pennsylvania. Thanks to those donations, we have awarded more than $3 million in grants to date!
We hope to see you Thursday, February 25 in Hershey! Click here to RSVP.
Today is World Cancer Day! It’s a day that unites the world’s population in the fight against cancer. Here at the PA Breast Cancer Coalition, we are dedicated to fighting breast cancer every day and YOU can help us! Want to know how? Make this World Cancer Day a day to take action:
Schedule your annual mammogram and/or tell a friend to do the same
- We’re all busy, but not too busy to know the importance of early detection. By scheduling your mammogram, you’re taking time to ensure you are healthy and that is more than worth it. It could save your life! P.S. While you’re there, check to see if you have dense breast tissue and, if you do, ask about supplemental screenings beyond the regular mammogram like ultrasounds, MRIs or tomosynthesis (3D mammograms). FREE mammograms are available in PA. Click here to find learn more.
Request a FREE Friends Like Me Care Package for a loved one recently diagnosed with breast cancer
- The PA Breast Cancer Coalition offers free care packages full of information, educational materials, books, small gifts and headwraps for women in Pennsylvania who have recently been diagnosed with breast cancer (packages are most helpful within the first 6 months). If you have been diagnosed or you know someone who has been, click here to request a free package today.
Support life-saving legislation in Pennsylvania
- The PA Breast Cancer Coalition worked with Sen. Bob Mensch to pass the Breast Density Notification Act requiring mammography centers to notify women of their breast density. Now, we are working on Senate Bill 842 which would require supplemental screenings like MRIs or ultrasounds to be covered for women insured in PA. Those screenings may show something that may be missed on a traditional 2D mammogram. What can YOU do? Contact your state senator and ask him/her to support this important bill! Click here to find your lawmaker and contact information. Click here to read Senate Bill 842.
Help researchers find a cure
- Time to start talking taxes again! This year, why not put that state income tax refund to good use? Every Pennsylvania taxpayer has the option to donate all or part of their state income tax refund on Line 32 directly to Pennsylvania breast cancer researchers. Choose code “A” and your refund will go toward our PBCC Breast Cancer Research grants Initiative. We have pledged $300,000 in grants this year alone. Make a difference with us!
- Didn’t get a refund? Make a private donation to the PBCC today! Click here to donate now.
Volunteer or become a PBCC Grassroots Partner!
- The PBCC is always looking for volunteers across the state! Whether it’s a few hours once a year or you are looking for something more involved, we have an opportunity for you! Click here to view our opportunities and learn more today. Looking to do even more? Become a Grassroots Partner and host your own event in your community. Click here to find out how you can give back and make a difference for women and families in Pennsylvania.
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