This year, we honor the achievements and contributions of four difference-makers in the fields of breast cancer research, advocacy and action.

Potamkin Prize Winner Dr. Angela DeMichele of Penn Medicine’s Abramson Cancer Center is an nationally recognized breast cancer researcher, oncologist and professor focused on studying why cancer spreads and how to prevent breast cancer metastasis. Our Pink Ribbon Awardees – Igor Skinder and Senate Majority Leader Kim Ward – have made an extraordinary impact on the world through advocacy and activism. Our Shining Light Awardee, CJ’s Tire and Automotive, proves that every one of its locations is “changing more than tires” by sharing the PBCC’s mission and raising funds for our programs and services each year. Our 2022 awardees remind us that the future is bright and full of hope!

Potamkin Prize

The Vivian and Meyer P. Potamkin Foundation Prize carries a $25,000 stipend and is presented to an outstanding leader in the breast cancer community.

Angela DeMichele, MD, MSCE

Potamkin Prize Winner

Co-Director, Breast Cancer Research Program
Co-Leader, 2 PREVENT Breast Cancer Translational Research Center for Excellence
Abramson Cancer Center
University of Pennsylvania Medical Center

The PA Breast Cancer Coalition recognizes the outstanding achievements and contributions of 2022 Potamkin Prize Winner, Dr. Angela DeMichele. Dr. DeMichele is Co-Director of the Breast Cancer Research Program at Penn Medicine’s Abramson Cancer Center in Philadelphia and Co-Leader of the 2 PREVENT Breast Cancer Translational Center for Excellence focused on studying what causes breast cancer to spread and learning how to prevent recurrence. The 2-PREVENT center offers access to clinical trials, extensive genomic testing, dedicated experts and comprehensive care for breast cancer patients. Dr. DeMichele’s research has been published in the New England Journal of Medicine and the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Dr. DeMichele will present the latest on her research focused on recurrence and preventing breast cancer metastasis during the Opening Session workshop of the 2022 PA Breast Cancer Coalition Virtual Conference Friday, October 14.

Congratulations, Dr. DeMichele!

Click here to read more about the 2-PREVENT Breast Cancer Translational Center for Excellence. 

Pink Ribbon Award

The Pink Ribbon Award is given to individuals who demonstrate outstanding leadership in breast cancer advocacy, research, treatment and education.

Senate Majority Leader Kim Ward

Pink Ribbon Award

Pennsylvania's 39th District
Westmoreland County

When Pennsylvania Senate Majority Leader Kim Ward was diagnosed with breast cancer, she felt compelled to use her platform to help other women across the state. Senator Ward partnered with the PA Breast Cancer Coalition on a statewide “Don’t Miss your Mammogram” campaign, encouraging women to schedule annual screenings, educating Pennsylvanians on the importance of early detection and offering free mobile mammograms. Through the initiative’s video public service announcements, news conferences and events, “Don’t Miss your Mammogram” has reached over 13 million Pennsylvanians and counting. Senator Ward recently introduced a critical bill for genetic testing, and counseling, which now awaits a vote in the Senate:

  • Senate Bill 1330 will eliminate out-of-pocket costs for genetic testing and counseling for hereditary cancers

Thank you, Senator Ward for your selfless service to women, families and researchers across the state. We salute you and celebrate you as a 2022 Pink Ribbon Awardee!

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Igor Skinder

Pink Ribbon Award

National Operations and Strategy Manager,
Volkswagen of America

When Igor Skinder found out the PBCC’s beloved pink van caught fire, he immediately took action, finding a FREE Volkswagen Atlas replacement for the PBCC to use in its statewide efforts for survivors, families and researchers. Since then, Igor has created grassroots partner events in support of the Coalition’s programs and services and taken the PBCC’s mission of “finding a cure for breast cancer now… so our daughters don’t have to” to the national level. Igor says he believes he is a “member of the Coalition for life” and we could not be more fortunate to have him as a partner in this fight.

Igor is a passionate advocate and we could not be more thrilled to present him with the 2022 Pink Ribbon Award

Congratulations, Igor!

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Shining Light Award

The Shining Light Award is presented for community grassroots leadership in the field of breast cancer research, education, outreach and advocacy.

CJs Tire and Automotive

Shining Light Award

Grassroots Partner

For nearly 10 years, employees and customers at all 17 CJ’s Tire and Automotive locations have made an impact for women facing breast cancer across the state. CJ’s has raised over $35,000 by donating a portion of every tire sold to the PBCC’s programs and services while spreading awareness during the month of October.  The CJ”s Tire motto is “changing more than tires” – truly perfect for a company that continues to give back to the surrounding community. Thanks to grassroots partners like CJ’s the PBCC is able to send free care packages to newly diagnosed women, provide educational programming, fund life-saving breast cancer research and provide personalized patient advocacy at a time when its needed most.

Congratulations and thank you, 2022 Shining Light Awardee, CJ’s Tire and Automotive!

Shining Light Award sponsored by Penn state for awards page

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