Archive for July, 2013

Bride and Groom Give Back on Their Big Day

Posted By on July 15th, 2013 at 8:20 am | 213 comments.

Fink WeddingNewlyweds Alison and Shawn Fink decided to make a special contribution on their special day. In lieu of traditional wedding favors, the Finks sent a donation to the PBCC in honor of the bride’s mother Loretta. Loretta is a 5-year breast cancer survivor. Alison wore her mother’s wedding dress to walk down the aisle.

Along with the generous donation, Mr. and Mrs. Fink provided their guests with pink ribbon stickers and pink oreos with a message to spread awareness of our continued fight to find a cure for breast cancer.  The PBCC would like to thank the newlyweds for their selfless generosity and kindness.  Best wishes for a wonderful life together!


“Cleaning for a Reason” Making a Difference in Manheim

Posted By on July 15th, 2013 at 8:20 am | 109 comments.

The GarmansCleaning is difficult, even when healthy. Add in breast cancer and it makes for an extremely difficult chore.  For PA survivors like Lori Wolgemuth, undergoing treatment for cancer means that she was often too tired to accomplish even basic cleaning tasks that we take for granted, like dusting and vacuuming.

Lori was a busy mom to three boys, and then her life completely changed when she was diagnosed with cancer. Lori said, “In one moment, my life changed.”

Donna Garman, of Garman’s Cleaning in Manheim, Lancaster County, saw an opportunity to donate her time and skills through a nonprofit called Cleaning for a Reason. Donna heard about the charity through a job coach, who also happened to be the founder of the organization.

Donna’s mother is a breast cancer survivor. Donna can relate to the pain and hardship the disease can bring on a family. In fact, Donna’s experience with her mom’s cancer, along with knowing friends and other relatives who have battled cancer, propelled her toward volunteering with this charity.

This break from cleaning chores allows Lori to focus on her family and recovery. Plus, she feels good knowing the house is being maintained for her family’s sake.

Over the past two years, Garman’s Cleaning, under Donna’s leadership, has helped four local families with a family member who is battling cancer.


Survivors Share Brave Stories at Allentown Exhibit Opening

Posted By on July 15th, 2013 at 8:19 am | 1215 comments.

Lehigh Exhibit SurvivorsAllentown played host to an emotional and inspiring night of survivorship last month as the PBCC brought its photo exhibit to Sacred Heart Hospital.

Lehigh Valley survivors Robin Lysek and Lananh Rissmiller, who is currently undergoing treatment, shared their brave stories with the public at the June 20th Opening Reception.  Sacred Heart Hospital breast surgeon Dr. Cara Guillfoyle also spoke of her inspiring work with patients on their journey through breast cancer treatment.

 “There is a turning point in a patient’s life between the shock when they’re initially diagnosed with breast cancer and the moment when they make the conscious decision to fight; the moment when you take on the challenges of surgery, chemotherapy and radiation and while maybe reluctant, you step into the ring with your opponent and put on your gloves,” Guillfoyle said.  “This is the moment when you become a survivor.  It is this strength and perseverance that we’re here to celebrate today.”

Thousands of Lehigh Valley residents and visitors viewed the exhibit at Sacred Heart Hospital in June.  If you would like to have the exhibit at a location near you, contact PBCC Community Outreach Director Kristen Snoke at or 800-377-8828.


Thank You Interns Zack and Sarah!

Posted By on July 15th, 2013 at 8:19 am | 880 comments.

InternsThe PBCC welcomes two interns to the team this summer, Zack Rickens and Sarah Goodreau.  Zack is currently a sophomore at Penn State University’s Main Campus in State College where he studies Broadcast Journalism.  Sarah, a junior at DeSales University, is studying to become a physician assistant.  They have been an amazing asset to the PBCC, assisting with the Take a Swing Against Breast Cancer Home Run Derbies, photo exhibit events and PBCC programs.  Thank you Zack and Sarah!


Fighting Breast Cancer at the Reading Fightin’ Phils

Posted By on July 2nd, 2013 at 8:49 am | 114 comments.


We couldn’t have had more perfect weather on Friday, June 28th when the Take a Swing Against Breast Cancer® series made its second stop of the summer in Reading. FirstEnergy Stadium was full of energy as four teams and three individuals took the field with aspirations of going home with the highly sought-after pink bat. John Furlong was the derby’s highest-scoring individual batter. He amassed 850 points and 5 home runs. John and his uncle, Mark Furlong, took home first prize, with a score of 2,175! Greg Gunter also put a homer on the board, bringing the day’s total to 6.

Here’s a look at the standings:

Mark & John Furlong: 2,175

Wells Fargo: 1,035

Mogel, Speidel, Bobb & Kershner: 895

Penn State Hershey Cancer Institute: 835

Individual Batters:

Greg Gunter: 410

Brandon Miller: 325

Heather Miller: 135

You can check out all of the pictures from the day here. Don’t forget to stay up-to-date on everything PBCC by following us on Twitter and Facebook. Thank you to all of the batters, volunteers and stadium staff who made the event run so smoothly. We couldn’t do it without you!

We hope to see you at our other locations throughout the summer!