Mid Penn Bank Golf Tournament a Driving Force in Fight Against Breast Cancer

Posted on Jul 10th, 2017
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Author:
Pat Halpin-Murphy
President and Founder
PA Breast Cancer Coalition

Giving is not just about making a donation. It’s about making a difference. The PA Breast Cancer Coalition (PBCC) is honored to be the beneficiary of Mid Penn Bank’s celebrity golf tournament, an event that makes a difference each year in the lives of Pennsylvania breast cancer survivors and their families. As a nonprofit serving the entire state, we cannot thank Mid Penn Bank, CEO Rory Ritrievi and the NFL Alumni Association enough for their $50,000 contribution to our mission!

The PBCC could not exist without the unbelievable support of community and corporate Grassroots Partners. Thanks to partners like Mid Penn, we are able to provide programs, services and one-on-one patient advocacy to women facing breast cancer every day. One of the ways in which we reach out to survivors is through a program called Friends Like Me, which offers free care packages to survivors within the first 6 months of their diagnosis. Each package is customized with educational resources, small gifts, head wraps, cosmetics, books and a personal message from the volunteer who prepared it.

Last year alone, our Grassroots Partners helped to send more than 700 care packages to Pennsylvania women diagnosed with breast cancer.

Our Grassroots Partners like Mid Penn also make it possible for the PBCC to award research grants to outstanding scientists in Pennsylvania working to find the cause of and cure for breast cancer.

In 2017, the Coalition awarded $150,000 in research grants to men and women working to find a cure for breast cancer who desperately need funding to move their innovative ideas forward.

The PA Breast Cancer Coalition offers full-time patient advocacy, a resource thousands of women have used in our state. Our Patient Advocacy Director works with survivors to find exactly what they need from mammograms to wigs to free treatment for breast cancer. The PBCC feels that patients should be able to focus on healing while we help to take care of the rest. In addition, the PBCC hosts free educational webinars throughout the year and an annual educational Conference in Harrisburg with the latest information in breast cancer research and treatment. This year’s Conference is Friday, October 6 at the Hilton Harrisburg – click here for more information. Our goal is to seek the best possible outcome for families battling breast cancer by equipping them with resources, information and support.

All of this is possible due to the phenomenal support of Mid Penn Bank CEO Rory Ritrievi, his team, the NFL Alumni Association, golfers, donors and sponsors. Your generosity and dedication are invaluable. Thank you for sharing our united goal of finding a cure for breast cancer now… so our daughters won’t have to.