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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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In the News: Male Breast Cancer Patient Receives Insurance Help

Posted By on September 19th, 2011 at 2:06 pm | 527 comments.

A South Carolina man will receive treatment for breast cancer under Medicaid’s Breast and Cervical Cancer Prevention and Treatment Program after originally being denied coverage because of his gender. In fact, the South Carolina Medicaid agency ruled that all uninsured or underinsured men diagnosed with breast cancer who meet the program eligibility requirements should now receive treatment.

The South Carolina ruling means that the state will be referring Raymond Johnson’s case to the federal Medicaid program. If the federal program denies the claim, South Carolina will likely appeal the denial. If the appeal fails, South Carolina will cover the cost of Mr. Johnson’s treatment on its own. South Carolina hopes that the U.S. Medicare and Medicaid agency will overturn the rule barring males from receiving coverage through the program, paving the way for all uninsured and underinsured men to receive coverage for breast cancer treatment nationwide.  Click here to see how Pennsylvania has adopted the BCCPT program!

While breast cancer incidence among men occurs 100 times less than in women, there are still over 2,000 men diagnosed each year.

Two week countdown: 2011 PA Home Run Derby

Posted By on June 22nd, 2011 at 2:53 pm | 1976 comments.

The countdown begins!  In just two weeks, the PA Breast Cancer Coalition will begin traveling around Pennsylvania hitting the 11 minor league ball parks in our annual Take a Swing Against Breast Cancer home run derby event. Sign up and submit your $500 team registration fee by the end of June and receive five free swings for your team! Every batter and volunteer who participates receives a bag filled with goodies and unforgettable memories!

So what exactly does the winning team get? Four one-of-a-kind hot pink baseball bats, and of course, bragging rights. This is your chance to step up to the plate where your favorite minor league teams play.

Over 60 teams have already registered for the Home Run Derby, but there is still plenty of room in the lineup.  Take advantage of the June special and give your clients, friends, family and co-workers a day of fun in the sun and the experience of a lifetime!

Can’t fill a team of four batters? Register as a single batter and you’ll compete with other individuals throughout the state. This is your chance to show your support for breast cancer survivors by helping a great cause. So grab your glove, lace up your shoes and put on your game face because it’s time to play ball!


Home Run Derby is less than two months away

Posted By on May 9th, 2011 at 9:30 am | 310 comments.

We’re less than two months away from the start of the 4th Annual Take A Swing Against Breast Cancer home run derby events! We have over 60 teams already registered, but there is still plenty of room for you and your friends, family, co-workers and neighbors to sign up!

This month we are running a special for the teams that sign up and pay by May 31st. Sign up and submit your $500 team registration by the end of the month and receive two FREE Single Batter Registrations! You can use these single batter slots however you wish! They make great a great way to honor breast cancer survivors, colleagues, business partners, customers, friends or anyone else on your list.

Check out the full schedule to find out when we’ll be in your area. This is your chance to show your support for survivors and help to find a cure for breast cancer now…so our daughters won’t have to!

Hanson Brothers back for another round of hockey

Posted By on May 4th, 2011 at 2:06 pm | 1116 comments.

The movie Mystery; Alaska told the story of a hockey publicity stunt which brought the New York Rangers to a small rural town for an exhibition game. On May 14, hockey fans will get a taste of the NHL and Hollywood — when three stars from the movie “SLAP SHOT” return to Harrisburg to raise money for the PA Breast Cancer Coalition (PBCC).

“Paint the Rink Pink” — featuring the Hanson Brothers is scheduled for Saturday, May 14 at 5 p.m. at Twin Ponds East on Corey Road in Harrisburg. The event will feature the original Hanson Brothers from the 1977 movie Slap Shot playing with the Red Robin Robin’s and Team Full Circle Copiers. The Hanson Brothers have already helped to raise over $41,000 for the PBCC. The trio will wear their famous Charlestown Chiefs uniforms — complete with their signature black glasses. The game will also feature the use of pink pucks and a pink themed arena. At the First Intermission, the Hanson’s will play in the En-Kay Sporting Goods Little Dudes Game — which will introduce area youth to old time hockey.

According to Rob Ziemba, Founder of “Play It Againfor Charity, “We have created our own Hanson Brothers Booster Club right here in Central PA. It’s been a lot of fun giving hockey fans the opportunity to meet three stars from the greatest sports movie ever! The Hanson’s are great with the fans and many fans return each year to see them. It’s going to be another fun exhibition hockey game for all.”

Tickets for the event are $5.00 each and it’s suggested be purchased in advance. Fans can order tickets by mail — by sending a check or money order — payable to: Play It Again for Charity, P.O. Box 272, Campbelltown, PA 17010. Tickets will also be available at the door.

Fans with paid admission will have the opportunity to meet and greet the Hanson Brothers in the lobby during the Third Period.  8 x 10 Hanson Brothers Photos will be available for $10.00 each and can be autographed for free.

Come join the fun on May 14th and enjoy the Hanson Brothers’ “on-and-off-ice” antics. There will be many hockey prize raffles, music, food and Puck Hog Hockey Pro Shop will offer specials on equipment. Interested fans can visit: for more information.

Spring Training Has Begun! Who is Ready to Step Up to the Plate?

Posted By on March 15th, 2011 at 8:55 am | 111 comments.

Spring training is in full swing – for the Phillies, Pirates, and the PBCC! We’re happy to bring the Take a Swing Against Breast Cancer Home Run Derby to ballparks throughout the state once again. Be a part of our lineup with a special ‘Buy One, Get One’ free promotion for those registering a team before March 31!

We are looking for those who want to step up to the plate – literally – and take a few swings as a batter. We are looking for sponsors to lend their support and their dollars to the ongoing fight against breast cancer in this unique event. We are looking for volunteers to give their time and talent to make sure each day runs smoothly. Of course, we also need fans to cheer on our batters! With so many ways to take part, and eleven stadiums across PA participating, we hope you’ll make time to support the Take a Swing Against Breast Cancer Home Run Derby at a location near you!

Patient Advocacy in 2010: It was a busy year

Posted By on January 5th, 2011 at 10:02 am | 295 comments.

Today is only the third working day of 2011 and we have already talked with three women, all with different issues they need help with. One hasn’t had a mammogram in several years and has no insurance, another is a Medicare patient overwhelmed with co-pays for medical bills, and another is paying over $1,000 a month for insurance due to a pre-existing condition.

This past year, 75 women with breast cancer, or their friends or family members, called the PBCC for help. Often they sounded exhausted and told us that they’d already tried a number of other places and expected that we wouldn’t be able to help them. That just makes us more determined to find the resources they need.

Over half of the questions we hear are about medical bills and co-pays or mammograms. Of the 75 who called,

  • 21 needed financial help with medical bills
  • 20 needed mammograms and were uninsured or underinsured
  • 9 had questions about BCCPT (free treatment program) or other coverage
  • 6 needed help paying for prescriptions
  • 3 were breast cancer patients on the verge of losing their insurance
  • 3 had general questions or concerns about breast cancer
  • 2 needed lymphedema supplies
  • 2 wanted a referral for a specialist or a hospital
  • 2 needed to know where to get prostheses
  • 1 needed a follow-up mammogram, which her insurance wouldn’t cover
  • 1 was awaiting diagnosis and was exploring coverage options ahead of time
  • 1 was looking for information about home health care
  • 1 had questions about legal issues of an employer not allowing time off for treatment

2010 Evening Reception at the Harrisburg HiltonAlso in 2010 we added this question to our online Friends Like Me care package order form: “If this is a self-request, would you like the PBCC’s patient advocate to call you?”

Usually, we find that the information included in the Friends Like Me care package answers all of the questions a survivor may have. But all the recipients we talk with say that the phone call is one more reminder that she is not alone, the PBCC is here for her.

Shopping Resources for Breast Cancer Patients

Posted By on January 4th, 2011 at 9:02 am | 961 comments.

One of the most commonly-requested items here at the PA Breast Cancer Coalition is a list of shops and boutiques across the state that sell wigs, prostheses, and other breast cancer-related items.   For many women who have been newly-diagnosed, this is one of their first questions.

We currently have a list of about 20 boutiques, shops, salons and websites that sell various products geared toward cancer survivors.  They are located from Allison Park to Abington, from Latrobe to Lancaster, and beyond!

If you know of a boutique or shop in PA (or a website with an online store) that sells mastectomy products and/or wigs, please comment below with the name of the company or its website and we’ll investigate it.   If it meets our criteria, it’ll be added to our resource list.

The more we have on our list, the better the chances that one of these shops will be within driving distance of each woman who needs to purchase something!  Thanks for sharing your finds with the 103,000 women in Pennsylvania battling breast cancer!