Archive for November, 2010

We Love Thank You Notes!

Posted By on November 17th, 2010 at 8:48 am | 128 comments.

The 2010 PBCC Annual Conference is history!  But thank you notes and emails are still coming into the PBCC office.   Many of these are from women and men all across the state who were given financial assistance to attend the conference in Harrisburg on October 13th.   The PBCC offers various levels of grants and scholarships to applicants who otherwise would not be able to attend this inspirational and educational event.
This year, through the generosity of donors to the Cary Massa Memorial Scholarship Fund, the PBCC was able to provide assistance to 35 women and men all across the state and beyond – a record number!

One scholarship recipient wrote:

To all who donate to the Cary Massa Memorial Scholarship Fund,
The very thought of cancer leaves one in a state of fear. You get so lost in deep concerns and issues faster than you can take a breath to consume the news. You begin to lay your options out to try to cope. People like yourself come into your life. Caring, unknown strangers opening their hearts and offering the help we so desperately need…knowledge, hope, facts, and most of all choices. Thanks to you, I will have this helpful information offered to me. I am extremely grateful for that. Without your help I would not have been able to attend.

Erie, PA

Another said:

Please extend my sincere thank you to the friends and family of Cary for the gift. The scholarship represents a very fitting way to honor a dear friend and volunteer to the PBCC. What a lovely way for Cary to be a woman who continues to help other women breast cancer patients/survivors.

Cora Lee
State College, PA

And a nursing professor at Towson University, 9 of whose students received scholarships, wrote:

Please accept my heartfelt thanks for providing scholarships for my Towson University nursing students. They were totally impressed with the event, collegiality, networking and opportunities to learn more about breast cancer. It was indeed a class act of a professional conference, as I also gained much needed valuable information and knowledge as an educator.

Hagerstown, MD

Please consider contributing to the scholarship fund to help women and men attend future PBCC conferences.  We cannot do this work without your support.  The PBCC and all the recipients thank you!

Explore Your Options Easily Under the Affordable Care Act

Posted By on November 15th, 2010 at 9:13 am | 287 comments.

Now you can confidentially search which private insurance plans, public programs and community services are available to you with this online tool.  Go to and select “Explore your coverage and pricing options.” Then click on the answers to 4 or 5 questions about where you live (state only, not address), your health care needs, and insurance status.

Information pops up about available resources you may qualify for and how to access them.  Your answers are used by only to generate your best options.  The site does not keep your information on file, and does not ask for your name.  I tested the questionnaire using several fictional scenarios and found the answers to be very comprehensive.

2010 Annual Conference Highlights

Posted By on November 5th, 2010 at 11:18 am | 217 comments.

2010 Annual ConferenceThanks to everyone who spent Wednesday, October 13th with us at the Harrisburg Hilton!  It was a day full of learning, support, and friends!  Be sure to check out all of the photos from the day on our Flickr page!

Many attendees have asked about downloading a copy of certain presentations because they were full of such great content.  Or because you didn’t get a chance to check out all of the workshops available.

Below, we have PDF copies of handouts from the workshops.  *Please note: These presentations are the work of and owned by the presenters from the 2010 Annual Conference.  Users may only have copies of the presentations for personal use.*  To view/download the slides, you will need Adobe Acrobat.