Archive for November, 2011

Best Wishes to Sarah on Her New Adventure!

Posted By on November 17th, 2011 at 9:04 am | 175 comments.

The PBCC would like to congratulate Sarah Lightman, the PBCC’s Community Outreach Director, on her new position with Caron Treatment Centers of Reading. Sarah began her PBCC career as an intern while attending Elizabethtown College. She has been an instrumental part of the PBCC team and we will greatly miss her around the office!

Sarah did it all as a PBCC employee – traveling the state in the pink van for the 67 Women, 67 Counties: Facing Breast Cancer in Pennsylvania photo exhibit, helping to coordinate the Home Run Derby each year, organizing volunteers for the PBCC Conference, attending Grassroots Partners events, or putting together Pink Link each month. She handled it all with a positive attitude and grace, and her professionalism and hardworking nature will certainly prove an asset in her bright future! Congrats, Sarah!

Westmoreland Walks Celebrates 10th Year of Success

Posted By on November 17th, 2011 at 9:03 am | 204 comments.

The rain was not enough to dampen the spirits of those taking part in the 10th Annual Westmoreland Walks: Taking Steps Against Breast Cancer this year. The PBCC has been fortunate to have been selected as the beneficiary of this yearly tradition in Western Pennsylvania, and counts Westmoreland Walks among its very first Grassroots Partners community fundraisers. Nearly $225,000 has been donated to the PBCC in the 10 years since this annual walk began.

A community walk is an enormous undertaking. To coordinate Westmoreland Walks each year and keep everything running smoothly, it takes a dedicated group of individuals. The Westmoreland Walks Board of Directors is such a group, and their support of the PBCC throughout the years has been much appreciated. Many thanks to Cheryl McMullenKathy Brown and to the entire Westmoreland Walks Board of Directors, as well as the event sponsors and all those who braved the rain to take steps against breast cancer this year.

Shop for a Good Cause at the PBCC Marketplace

Posted By on November 17th, 2011 at 9:02 am | 1019 comments.

Get an early start on holiday shopping for a cause at the PBCC Marketplace!  Order Pink Ribbon Stories: A Celebration of Life, a new book written by Tammy Miller, for someone who has been touched by breast cancer. Or choose a t-shirt, hat, or pin as a hostess gift that supports an important cause. Have a new driver in the family? Purchase a PBCC Pink Ribbon license plate for them so they can drive home the message of breast cancer awareness.

Please keep in mind to order early to help ensure that your selection is available and that it arrives in time for the holidays! Should you have any questions, please contact Kim at 800-377-8828 x104 or email Happy shopping!

Survivor Spotlight: Kathy Clarke

Posted By on November 17th, 2011 at 9:01 am | 1515 comments.

This is my story of how being diagnosed in my thirties with breast cancer forever changed my life. I just turned 36 years old when I was diagnosed with Stage IIB Invasive Ductal Carcinoma. I was a healthy mother of two young boys (ages 2 and 5) and had no risk factors for developing breast cancer. Everyone deals with cancer in different ways. For me, having a positive attitude was so important in dealing with cancer.

I remember one day at work, a co-worker asked me about my diagnosis. I explained it to her as I explained it to anyone who asked. I remember when I told her that I felt lucky that my cancer did not spread any further that it did (3 cancerous lymph nodes of the 29 removed), she was surprised and said, “Wow, I can’t believe you just said that you feel lucky.” I really did feel lucky and I knew that I was going to get through any adversity that I may face throughout treatment. At that point, I was determined to not let anyone bring me down or feel sorry for me, so I surrounded myself with people who had positive attitudes.

My children kept me focused on getting through all the treatments and adversities. Although this may sound very simple, my goal throughout treatment was to be able to read books to my children every night before bed and except for a few days that I was hospitalized, I accomplished my goal.

I hope that I can use what I have learned to provide support and comfort to others going through similar situations. I received a Friends Like Me care package from the PBCC shortly after my diagnosis and my husband and I spent an evening looking at everything in the package. I have since referred several newly diagnosed women to the PBCC for information.

I know that my breast cancer experience has made me a very strong person. My life is not all that much different than before breast cancer except that I do not worry as much about small stuff, and I find joy in many more things than I used to.

I feel honored that I am now one of the women who represents Cumberland County in the PBCC’s 67 Women, 67 Counties: Facing Breast Cancer in Pennsylvania traveling photo exhibit. For the past three years I attended the Penn State Lady Lions Pink Zone basketball games. Those games have been an awesome experience and what an amazing increase in support I have seen in just 3 years!

It has been three years since my breast cancer diagnosis and I know that whatever the future holds, my family and I will be able to handle it. My experience with breast cancer has taught me to never take ANYONE or ANYTHING for granted and that life is about family and friends: love them and spend time with them while you can! I know that early detection saved my life!

Kathy Clarke is one of two Survivor Story winners from our September Pink Link contest. Look for the other contest winner’s story to be featured in the December Pink Link.

Breast Cancer Survivors: Be Aware of Bone Health

Posted By on November 17th, 2011 at 9:00 am | 1491 comments.

by Barbara Good, Ph.D.

When a woman is being treated for breast cancer, her major concern, as well as that of her care givers, must be survival. However, after treatment is completed and she is on the road to recovery, there are other health issues that should move to the top of her list. One of these is bone health. Many women, particularly those of northern European descent, are at risk for osteoporosis and bone fractures in their later lives.

The therapies that accompany breast cancer treatment put a woman at an even greater risk of developing this potentially debilitating problem, which can result in serious fracture and death. Those who have undergone certain chemotherapeutic regimens and treatment with aromatase inhibitors may be at particular risk. All women, but especially women who have been treated for breast cancer, should talk to their physicians about undergoing bone mineral density studies to measure and monitor the density of their bone structure as they get older. Medical care for osteoporosis includes treatment with bisphosphonates, calcium, Vitamin D, and other agents.

For an excellent review on bone health after cancer, visit the Journal of Cancer Research and Therapies.

Fox Chase Hosts 67 Women, 67 Counties: Facing Breast Cancer in Pennsylvania

Posted By on November 17th, 2011 at 8:59 am | 864 comments.

The PBCC was pleased to bring our traveling photo exhibit, 67 Women, 67 Counties: Facing Breast Cancer in Pennsylvania to Fox Chase Cancer Center last month. Fox Chase Cancer Center President & CEO Michael Seidel, M.D., Ph.D. welcomed all to Fox Chase for the opening reception. Joanne Grossi, Regional Director of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and Lori Goldstein, M.D., Associate Professor & Director of the Naomi and Phil Lippincott Breast Evaluation Center spoke at the reception.

Breast cancer survivor and Philadelphia County exhibit participant Judi Blue shared her story with the audience. PBCC President & Founder Pat Halpin-Murphy invited all survivors to join her and Judi to celebrate the courage, hope and dignity with which they have faced breast cancer in a powerful ceremony at the podium.

The 67 Women, 67 Counties: Facing Breast Cancer in Pennsylvania traveling photo exhibit is funded by the PA Department of Health.

2011 Conference Highlights

Posted By on November 17th, 2011 at 8:58 am | 216 comments.

Pennsylvania’s First Lady Susan Corbett, Honorary Chair of the Conference, shared her experience as the daughter of a breast cancer survivor in her keynote address. Thomas Frazier, M.D. and Mimi Barash Coppersmith were each presented with the Pink Ribbon Award for their contributions to the fight against breast cancer, and each spoke about why they are passionate about this battle. The big surprise of the day was the $100,000 research grant presentation to Dr. Craig Meyers.

Our Grassroots Partners were honored at our Evening Reception the evening before the Conference, and our Shining Light Award Winners, Rob Ziemba and Jon Jehrio,shared why they partnered up with the PBCC and how they turned their passion for hockey into a way to support the cause. Potamkin Award winner, Susan M. Domcheck, M.D., told attendees about the important research she has conducted at the Plenary Session the morning of the Conference.

New book a compilation of stories about life and hope with breast cancer

Posted By on November 8th, 2011 at 9:54 am | 430 comments.

2011 PA Breast Cancer Coalition ConferenceHARRISBURG, Pa. – “Pink Ribbon Stories: A Celebration of Life” (ISBN 978-0-9701379-7-5) by 10-year breast cancer survivor Tammy Miller offers hope and laughter from personal stories of battling breast cancer. Miller compiled over 120 entries from women and men whose lives have been touched by breast cancer.

Throughout her own diagnosis, Miller used her sense of humor on her journey. She went through her first breast cancer surgery wearing a clown nose and shoes while carrying a kazoo. For her second, she wore a pink feather boa. Miller’s sense of humor and optimism made her journey a memorable one for those around her.

Referencing “Pink Ribbon Stories,” Miller says “there are stories that will warm your heart; make you laugh; cause you to pause for reflection; and others that simply tell a story of a courageous journey through life. There are words and stories to encourage, inspire and make you smile. This book is one way I can show those who are battling breast cancer that they are not alone.”

“Pink Ribbon Stories: A Celebration of Life” is available online at or through your favorite e-reader’s store. Proceeds benefit the PA Breast Cancer Coalition.

About the Author:

Tammy Miller is an international speaker, author and speech coach. Her speaking topics include humor and healing, presentation and communication skills, brain aerobics, motivation and achieving goals. She is the owner of Tammy Speaks, LLC of Port Matilda, PA, and she enjoys helping others build their communication skills and achieve their goals in life. As an author, Tammy has written, “The Lighter Side of Breast Cancer Recovery,” about her personal journey of using humor to deal with her cancer diagnosis. And, “My Life is Just Speech Material… And, So is Yours,” is a valuable guide to discovering what to say and how to say it with your next presentation. She can be reached at

The PBCC represents, supports and serves breast cancer survivors and their families in Pennsylvania through educational programming, legislative advocacy and breast cancer research grants. The PBCC is a statewide non-profit organization dedicated to finding a cure now…so our daughters won’t have to. For more information, please call 800-377-8828 or visit


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