PBCC Conference Attendee Thankful for Strong Support System

Posted By on July 15th, 2015 at 11:06 am | 0 comments.

Jodi-Heagy-for-PLJodi Heagy, Lebanon County

I have always had a collection of dogs. At this time I have two small Jack Russell pugs, a pit bull mix, and a chocolate lab. In September 2013 our wonderful, lovely, good and gentle Doberman passed away and I was very upset. I wasn’t getting anything done the way I usually did, like my mammogram. I always go for a screening mammogram during October, my birthday month but I was still too upset and didn’t get around to it until three months later.

That mammogram revealed a fully involved tumor of less than three centimeters that would have grown aggressively. It was stage 1, HER2/neu positive with no lymph node involvement. They tell you it’s cancer and then you’re on a fast-moving train and your journey begins. I had a lumpectomy in February 2014, six rounds of chemotherapy, 30 radiation treatments, and a year of Herceptin treatment. After that was all said and done, I had genetic testing which came back BRCA2 positive. So now this summer I had my ovaries and fallopian tubes removed, and in October I will undergo a bilateral mastectomy with tram flap reconstruction.

My support system is incredible. My husband was the calm in the middle of the storm. I got emotional at times but he remained even-keeled and said we’re going to make it through this together. My sons were there for whatever I needed. I work as a secretary in the Lebanon School District and everyone I worked with was supportive, including the little elementary school kids.

During my first chemo treatment at Good Samaritan Hospital I learned about the PBCC and ordered my Friends Like Me care package. I read all the books and absorbed all the great information. Then I received an invitation to attend the Conference! I was so humbled to be there with all those brave women, so amazing, continuing on with their jobs and families. My favorite part was the speech and workshop presented by Lillie Shockney from Johns Hopkins. She impressed me the most and I bought her book “Stealing Second Base.” I loved seeing all the vendors too. I’m planning to go again this year with members of my support group from Good Samaritan. I go to support group every month because someone who has shared that experience can understand you best on the good days, and on the bad days.

McKean County Grassroots Partners Plan Motorcycle Poker Run

Posted By on July 15th, 2015 at 11:02 am | 0 comments.

PA-SnowseekersStart your engines. The PA Snowseekers are hitting the road for the PBCC in the 10th Anniversary Motorcycle Poker Run Friday, July 24 and Saturday, July 25.  Festivities begin Friday night at the Snowseekers Clubhouse in Highland Corners with live entertainment by The Shiners.  Saturday’s run starts with breakfast and ends with a silent auction, prizes and post-run dinner. Want to participate?

Click here to learn more about the 10th Anniversary Motorcycle Poker Run. We hope to see you there!

Free Mammograms, Breast Exams and Pap Tests Available in PA

Posted By on July 15th, 2015 at 10:52 am | 0 comments.

Woman getting mammogram2The HealthyWoman program provides FREE early detection services for breast and cervical cancer. This Pennsylvania Department of Health program for uninsured women is funded through a grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. To see if you are eligible, and to schedule an appointment, call 1-800-215-7494. HealthyWoman offers screening mammograms, pelvic exams and Pap tests, and follow-up diagnostic care.
If you have health insurance but have high deductibles or co-pays for these tests, you may qualify for help through HealthyWoman. For more information, click here.

Sluggers and Survivors Make Lancaster Home Run Derby a Hit!

Posted By on June 22nd, 2015 at 3:46 pm | 0 comments.

On Saturday, June 20, Clipper Magazine Stadium hosted the PA Breast Cancer Coalition and the Lancaster Take a Swing Against Breast Cancer Home Run Derby.  We welcomed brand new batters including survivor Rita Ann Gilson and her team, Rags Gang, who made the drive from Philadelphia to participate, along with returning batters Brandon and Heather Miller, Susquehanna Bank, and Ameriprise, among others.  2015 Derby presenting sponsor, Team Emerald Asset Management, racked up points while returning all-stars the Furlong Boys brought the competition to a whole new level. Let’s not forget to send a shout out to fan favorite Cylo for stopping by!

furlong boys top fundraisersIt was a fun day for all, including PBCC Board Member and South Central Vice President Alice Sanders who spoke on the field at the Saturday night Barnstormers game and all derby batters who cheered the home team on to victory against the York Revolution that night!
Our highest fundraisers in Lancaster were the Furlong Boys, raising $520 for our mission! The top scores were:

Mark Furlong, 27.5 point average, 275 points total
Scott Miller, 27.5 point average, 275 points total
John Furlong, 26.6 point average, 400 points total
Richard Hart, 25 point average, 375 points total
Jeb Besecker, 25 point average, 375 points total
Brandon Miller, 25 point average, 375 points total
Mark Furlong, 25 point average, 250 points total

Thank you to everyone who participated in the 2015 Take a Swing Against Breast Cancer Home Run Derby! Your efforts make a difference!

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2015 Harrisburg Home Run Derby Raises Thousands for Breast Cancer Survivors

Posted By on June 15th, 2015 at 1:30 pm | 0 comments.

On Tuesday, June 9, the PA Breast Cancer Coalition held the 8th annual Take a Swing Against Breast Cancer Home Run Derby event at Metro Bank Park in Harrisburg, PA.  It was a beautiful day for hitting home runs, and many of our batters did just that! With the help of all the batters, volunteers and sponsors, thousands of dollars were raised to support b18805167736_8c5f74b6cb_zreast cancer survivors, their caregivers and families throughout the state.

Harrisburg Mayor Eric Papenfuse also showed his support for breast cancer survivors in Pennsylvania by taking a few hits and sporting a Take a Swing Against Breast Cancer jersey!

The fight against breast cancer was in full force with Team Hakuna MaTaTa raising over $4,000 and rising, earning the title of Top Fundraiser!
We had some heavy hitters batting in the derby, with the highest scores coming from Team Teats, Bombs with Burt, Highmark, and Susquehanna River Basin Commission.  The top scores were:
Tomas Ogando, 55 point average, 550 points total
Jody Roof, 50.6 point average, 760 points total
Tim Smith, 33.3 point average, 500 points total
Matt Coder, 32.5 point average, 325 points total
Brian Zellers, 32 point average, 480 points total

To check out photos from the day, click here.

There is still time to join the fun and make a difference! The last derby of the year will be held at Clipper Magazine Stadium in Lancaster on Saturday, June 20. We hope to see you there to take some swings in an effort to find a cure for breast cancer now… so our daughters won’t have to. Click here to register!

Taking Action: Senate Bill 842 on Insurance Coverage for Dense Breast Screenings

Posted By on June 15th, 2015 at 8:37 am | 0 comments.

patheadshotforplAdvocacy and action for women with dense breasts marches forward in a BIG way!

PA Sen. Bob Mensch introduced Senate Bill 842, which will require all insurers to cover additional dense breast screenings like ultrasounds and MRIs. Dense breast tissue can hide tumors on a mammogram. Because of that, women with dense breast tissue often need added screenings. The problem is – some insurers don’t cover them. This legislation will change that for Pennsylvania women.
The PA Breast Cancer Coalition worked with Sen. Mensch to pass the Breast Density Notification Act requiring mammography centers to notify women of their breast density in 2014. This year, the PBCC distributed surveys and is collecting data from women and mammography facilities across the state. Now, we want to ensure that women have access to the best screening options available to them, without any worry about how the tests being covered. Thanks to Sen. Mensch and your efforts, we believe they won’t have to worry much longer.

Watch our video below for more information on Senate Bill 842. Learn why this is so important and find out what YOU can do to help.

Take action. Save lives.


Perry County Welcomes PBCC Photo Exhibit, Survivors, Families to New Bloomfield Public Library

Posted By on June 15th, 2015 at 8:35 am | 0 comments.

perry-county-survivorsSuperheroes. That’s how Perry County survivor Ann Marie Potter described her two sons who stood by her side while she battled breast cancer. Ann Marie joined survivor and Grassroots Partner Helen Michener in sharing their personal stories, struggles and messages of hope at the opening of “67 Women, 67 Counties: Facing Breast Cancer in Pennsylvania” at the New Bloomfield Public Library this month. The photo exhibit was was on display June 4-13. Speakers encouraged women to get their annual screenings while sharing stories from their own personal journeys with breast cancer.

The PBCC welcomed dozens of community members for a week full of education and empowerment. We would like to thank the entire exhibit committee for allowing us to bring the display to New Bloomfield. The PBCC would also like to send a big thank you to Karns Foods for generously donating a delicious spread of food for the exhibit’s June 4 reception!

The PBCC’s exhibit features women from each of Pennsylvania’s 67 counties, along with messages about the ways in which breast cancer has touched their lives. The women reflect the diversity of Pennsylvania, and their stories reflect the impact of breast cancer on themselves, their families and their communities. The exhibit encourages women to learn about early detection and celebrates survivorship. “67 Women, 67 Counties: Facing Breast Cancer in Pennsylvania” is sponsored by the PBCC and funded by the Pennsylvania Department of Health.

Would YOU like to be featured in the PA Breast Cancer Coalition’s brand new photo exhibit?  Click here to share you story with us!


Anastrozole Better for DCIS? Experts Say “Yes” in Some Cases

Posted By on June 15th, 2015 at 8:34 am | 0 comments.

Anastrazole-for-PLResearchers say anastrozole may be as effective, if not more effective, than tamoxifen when it comes to treating DCIS. A study conducted by NRG Oncology and the National Surgical Adjuvant Breast and Bowel Project (NSABP) monitored DCIS patients taking anastrozole and patients taking tamoxifen for 5 years. Women under the age of 60 taking anastrozole had a slightly higher rate of dissease-free survival than those taking tamoxifen.

Of those women participating in the study, 88.8 percent who took anastrozole remained disease-free compared with 81.5 percent of those who received tamoxifen.  Also according to the study, anastrozole demonstrated a favorable safety profile. There were 17 instances of uterine cancer in the tamoxifen group and 8 cases in the anastrozole group, although there were more occurrences of osteopathic fractures with anastrozole (69 events) than with tamoxifen (50 events).

To read the complete article on this study, click here.