Breast Cancer Research Legislation Introduced

Senator Bob Mensch’s legislation to increase funding for breast cancer researchers in PA

PENNSYLVANIA – Senator Bob Mensch (R-24) today introduced Senate Bill 445, legislation that enables Pennsylvanians renewing their driver’s license or vehicle registrations to donate to the PA Breast Cancer Coalition’s Research Grants Initiative. The bill, which currently has 35 co-sponsors, will give individuals the option to contribute $5 to Pennsylvania researchers working to find a cure for breast cancer.

“We salute Senator Mensch for introducing SB445, a critical step in finding a cure for breast cancer now… so our daughters don’t have to,” said PA Breast Cancer Coalition President Pat Halpin-Murphy. “This year, over 13,000 women in our state will be diagnosed with breast cancer. Our breast cancer researchers desperately need funding to turn their ideas in the lab into life-saving treatments for patients in Pennsylvania and beyond.”

Today, 37 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in Pennsylvania. The PA Breast Cancer Coalition’s Research Grants Initiative was created in 1997 to fund researchers working to find better treatments and cures for all women facing breast cancer. The program has awarded more than $4.5 million in grants to outstanding scientists across the state. With significant decreases in available funding, researchers need funding now more than ever.

“Creating an opportunity for more donations to be made for breast cancer research through this inspiring organization is another step that can be taken towards the PBCC goal of finding a cure for breast cancer NOW,” Senator Mensch said. “I am proud to continue to support PBCC and their mission any chance that I have and believe that this is just one step we as a Commonwealth can take to assist in the important work that this organization does.”

Virtual media interviews with PBCC President Pat Halpin-Murphy available upon request.

About the PA Breast Cancer Coalition
The PA Breast Cancer Coalition, a 501(c)3 organization, 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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