We are thrilled to honor this year’s deserving awardees who are impacting the world of breast cancer research and advocacy!

Conference Awardees

Lori Pierce, MD, FASTRO, FASCO

Potamkin Prize

Radiation Oncologist
Vice Provost for Faculty and Academic Affairs
University of Michigan

Lori Pierce, MD, FASTRO, FASCO, is a radiation oncologist and Vice Provost for Academic and Faculty Affairs at the University of Michigan, and the 2023 recipient of our Potamkin Prize for Research. Dr. Pierce will present the Conference Opening Session on radiation treatment options for early-stage breast cancer patients, one of her many areas of expertise.

PA Rep. Joanna McClinton

Pink Ribbon Award

Speaker, Pennsylvania House of Representatives

PA Rep. Joanna McClinton, the first female Speaker of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, was instrumental in the passage of Act 1 of 2023, a first-in-the-nation comprehensive breast cancer screening law. Act 1, introduced by PA Senate President Pro Tempore Kim Ward, eliminates all costs associated with breast MRI/ultrasound and genetic testing/counseling for individuals at high-risk who are insured under Pennsylvania law.

Cara Sapida

Pink Ribbon Award

Reporter, WPXI-TV
Breast Cancer Survivor
Author, "Not the Breast Year of My Life"

Cara Sapida, WPXI-TV reporter, faced triple-negative breast cancer at the age of 38, in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic with two young children. She was determined to “fight like a mother,” and now, 3 years later, is an accomplished author, advocate and survivor. Sapida’s book, “Not the Breast Year of My Life,” focuses on her own experience with breast cancer, sharing the triumphs and challenges she faced along the way. Her story of resilience and hope aims to empower other women facing breast cancer.

Rally Fore the Cure

Mid Penn Bank Shining Light Award

Grassroots Partner
Chair, Deborah Hodges

Since 2018, Rally Fore the Cure participants have been hitting the links in support of the PBCC’s programs and services. The annual golf outing has raised over $110,000 for our mission, a shining light in the central PA area and beyond.

The Casey Family

Founder's Award

The Pennsylvania Breast Cancer Coalition was founded 30 years ago with the support and guidance of Former PA Governor Robert Casey, Sr. and First Lady Ellen Casey. Their belief in the PBCC’s mission gave a voice to thousands of breast cancer survivors and paved the way for the programs and services offered today. The entire Casey family continues to make an impact in the lives of Pennsylvanians touched by breast cancer. The PBCC presents its first-ever Founder’s Award to the Casey family, which will be accepted by U.S. Sen. Bob Casey.

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