PBCC Awards $50,000 Grant to Penn State Cancer Institute's Dr. Nancy Lill
Dr. Lill using funds for cutting-edge triple-negative breast cancer research
The PA Breast Cancer Coalition recently had the honor of awarding $50,000 to researcher Nancy Lill, Ph.D. of Penn State Cancer Institute. Dr. Lill will use the grant on a specialized project targeting the treatment of aggressive triple-negative breast cancers. Her research team plans to advance novel anticancer compounds, known as schweinfurthin analogues, toward the ultimate goal of clinical use against certain cancers that have been resistant to chemotherapy, like triple-negative.
“The funding from the PA Breast Cancer Coalition fills a critical gap in the research pipeline.” said Dr. Lill. “By providing the research resources necessary to undertake such work and generate such evidence, you set the stage for leaps in scientific knowledge that will lead to new and effective treatments for breast cancer patients.”
Dr. Lill hosted a special immersion lab for students from the Harrisburg School District participating in the PBCC CARES (Community, Advocacy and Research Education for Students) program following the award presentation. She explained why triple-negative breast cancers are particularly difficult to treat and showed the students cancer cells through the microscope.
Funding for Dr. Lill's research grant comes from Pennsylvanians who donate their PA income tax refund, private donors and contributions from the PA Breast Cancer Coalition's Grassroots Partners.
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Hoops & Hope: Survivors Honored
at Lebanon Valley College
Photo Exhibit, Pink Game
Last week, the sports center of Lebanon Valley College was decorated in pink to kick off the 67 Women, 67 Counties: Facing Breast Cancer in Pennsylvania Photo Exhibit opening and to celebrate the 10th Annual Lebanon Valley Women’s Basketball Pink Game. During the game, one of the exhibit’s own, Debbie Freer, shared her breast cancer story at halftime. Debbie was joined by her family and grandchildren as she touched the hearts of those in the stands.
Breast cancer survivors, friends and family gathered for a reception to honor and recognize the women who faced the battle against breast cancer. Lebanon survivor Amanda Musser also shared her story at the reception, explaining the strength and courage she used throughout her journey and how it led her to where she is today - happy, healthy, and successful.
The PBCC was honored to recognize the women who battled breast cancer, and kick off 2017 with a successful exhibit opening!
Car Dealerships a Driving Force in
Fight Against Breast Cancer
"Drive Out Breast Cancer" Campaign raises over $28,000 for survivors, families
The PBCC is thrilled to accept $28,838 from 9 car dealerships participating in this year's Drive Out Breast Cancer campaign! Hoffman Ford, pictured above, contributed more than $10,000! Brenner Family of Dealerships raised an incredible $5,000 and the list goes on! Thank you to the dealerships as well as YOU, the customers, who helped to make it possible. We cannot thank you enough for the investments you have made in our organization and the women and families we serve every day.
A very special thank you goes out to our Drive Out Breast Cancer coordinators (and faithful volunteers!) Helen Michener and Laraine Forry. You inspire us!