Archive for November, 2012

Survivor Spotlight: Julia Palmer Saul

Posted By on November 15th, 2012 at 9:00 am | 1518 comments.

My husband Ted and I have four children – Rose, Lily, Sage, and Dillan, who we call Dill.  I had breastfed all my children and when I was weaning the youngest I noticed a lump and some inflammation of my breast. The doctors thought it might be an infection because I had breastfed for a long time. Ordinarily I wouldn’t have had a mammogram since I was only 38 at the time. It was July 2011 and I was diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer. It was a big shock because of my age and the fact that there had been no family history.

With four little ones you wonder what will happen. You never know what’s going through their minds. My oldest daughter was distant for a while and we talked about it. It turns out she thought maybe she could catch it. People sometimes ask how do you do it with four kids, but I say that’s why I do it … FOR the four kids. . I love herbs and flowers and these four are my own little garden, Rose, Lily, Sage and Dill.

I’ve been through radiation and chemotherapy and some surgeries and I have just learned that the cancer has come back and is in the bones. It’s a whole different ball game now because now I’ll have a different treatment plan. It’s scary but at the same time it’s just another chapter of life. My faith has not wavered and I know that God will get us through this. You play the hand you are dealt and with God’s help, you succeed. I know I didn’t go through this without a reason.  I want to show other people that this is not the end; it’s a new beginning.

Grassroots Partner: Fastpitch for a Purpose

Posted By on November 15th, 2012 at 9:00 am | 225 comments.

Fastpitch for a Purpose was held at the Hopewell Recreation Complex in Hopewell Township, with all proceeds benefitting the PBCC. Event founder Stephanie Lux chaired the event, which featured non-competitive fast pitch softball games for 8 to 18-year-old girls. Stephanie and her co-chairperson Karen Somerville estimate that nearly $5,000 was raised. Thanks to Stephanie, Karen and all the event participants for a fabulous event!

Pennsylvania Mastectomies – PA Health Care Cost Containment Council Report

Posted By on November 15th, 2012 at 9:00 am | 2643 comments.

A recent report from the Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council showed that the number of women in Pennsylvania undergoing preventative mastectomies rose from 94 in 2002 to 455 in 2011. Have you or someone you know made the decision to get a preventative mastectomy? We would like to hear from you on what factors influenced your decision. Email Amy at

Refunds for Research: Every Penny Counts!

Posted By on November 15th, 2012 at 9:00 am | 161 comments.

With 2013 just around the corner, we are getting to work on launching the PBCC’s Refunds for Breast and Cervical Cancer Research program. As always, we ask that you donate all or part of your state income tax return to help fund important research happening right here in Pennsylvania! Look for the announcement of those talented researchers who were selected to receive our 2013 Refunds for Research grants early next year!

2012 PBCC Conference: Turning Awareness into Action

Posted By on November 15th, 2012 at 9:00 am | 1287 comments.

The 2012 PBCC Conference was a tremendous success. Nearly 1,000 participants joined us in celebrating the achievements of our award recipients and sharing in a day full of workshops and speakers on a wide variety of topics, from the latest in breast cancer research to cutting edge treatment and from survivorship to advocacy. Check out the photos from the event. We are already looking forward to our 20th Anniversary Celebration at the next year.  SAVE THE DATE FOR THE 2013 PBCC CONFERENCE – TUESDAY, OCTOBER 15!

President’s Corner: Giving Thanks

Posted By on November 15th, 2012 at 9:00 am | 186 comments.

Giving thanks comes easily to us at the PBCC. When you work with those who have been touched by breast cancer, gratitude is never far from your mind. As Thanksgiving approaches, I’d like to offer thanks on behalf of the PBCC for all that you do. Whether it is being a Grassroots Partner and holding a fundraiser, serving as an advocate for those needing free treatment, driving around with a pink ribbon license plate, participating in the PBCC Conference, or donating your state income tax return to Refunds for Research, you are making a difference.


Pat Halpin-Murphy
PBCC President and Founder

Medical Article: Quitting Tobacco After a Cancer Diagnosis

Posted By on November 15th, 2012 at 9:00 am | 1372 comments.

New resources are available for those with cancer and their caregivers on quitting tobacco use. These resources are available free of charge from the American Society of Clinical Oncology. Dr. Graham Warren provides a podcast and a Q & A article on the benefits of quitting after a cancer diagnosis. A booklet for healthcare providers is also available, offering tips on how to incorporate tobacco cessation into their practice.

Pink Glove Dance Video Goes Viral, Raises Thousands for PBCC

Posted By on November 12th, 2012 at 8:48 am | 265 comments.

Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center knows a thing or two about the power of pink.  More than 600 faculty, staff, and students at the hospital recently sported pink surgical gloves and raised awareness about early detection in the annual Pink Glove Dance competition hosted by Medline.

Hospitals and non-profits across the country compile videos every year in hopes of raising money for local and national breast cancer organizations.  Penn State Hershey used a strong social media and online presence to promote its 2012 video submission for the PA Breast Cancer Coalition.  Each hospital department choreographed its own routine to Katy Perry’s “Part of Me” with featured guests like the Penn State Nittany Lion and patients of all ages.  Hundreds of thousands of votes were tallied and we are thrilled to announce that Penn State Hershey was awarded second place in the contest with a prize of $5,000!  The Medical Center has generously offered to donate all of that money to the PBCC.

“This may be the most creative and enthusiastic show of support the PBCC has ever seen.  It’s incredible,” said PBCC President and Founder Pat Halpin-Murphy.  “The PA Breast Cancer Coalition is truly grateful for the time, dedication and generosity of the Penn State Hershey staff.

Each day, 32 women in Pennsylvania are diagnosed with breast cancer.  Each year, more than 2,000 of those women will lose their lives to the disease.  With the help of the Penn State’s contribution, the PBCC aims to improve the quality of breast cancer education, research, programming and outreach in the state.   Thank you Penn State Hershey!

In case you didn’t get a chance to watch Penn State’s Pink Glove Dance video, you can watch it here:  Pink Glove Dance 2012
You can read more about Penn State Hershey’s Cancer Institute and the competition here:  Penn State Hershey Cancer Institute