Friday, January 18, 2013
The Indiana, PA resident is the first chairperson from outside Allegheny County.
The Pittsburgh Affiliate of Susan G. Komen has named Kerri Colvin Ballas as the chair of the Pittsburgh 2013 Race for the Cure. A resident of Indiana, PA, Ballas is the first chairperson for the Pittsburgh Race hailing from outside of Allegheny County. This year’s race will take place on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 12, on Flagstaff Hill in Schenley Park, Oakland. A six-year breast cancer survivor, Ballas became involved with Komen in 2007 when she first ran the Pittsburgh Race with friends while she was undergoing chemotherapy. “I was hooked on hope and on raising money for Komen,” Ballas says. “Raising awareness and funds for Komen gave me the opportunity to fight back and help other women.” Now, Ballas and her team, Paint …
Monday, October 29, 2012
Resources for women fighting breast cancer that your doctor doesn't offer.
By the nature of its side effects, cancer treatment can make a private battle a very public affair. For a woman with cancer, having a bald head, pale skin or a missing breast can make her feel like she's being targeted by a bright spotlight and a banner that says, "Cancer patient." But now more than ever, there are resources for women that will put the spotlight back on their work, their accomplishments and their life—and change that banner to simply read, "Woman." Girl on the Go provides private or in-home wig consultations for women with cancer, with locations in 12 states, including Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, New Jersey, North and South Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Wisconsin. …
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
The local medical facility needs your help to win this year's Pink Glove Dance contest.
UPMC CancerCenter employees and breast cancer surviors and advocates are hoping their dance moves can help raise breast cancer awareness. More than 15 departments and 200 people from the local cancer centera have entered the second-annual "Pink Glove Dance" competition. The original “Pink Glove Dance” video featured Oregon hospital employees wearing pink gloves to raise breast cancer awareness. Because of the huge response to the video—13 million views on YouTube—Medline, which produced the original video, decided to sponsor a national competition. Choreography for UPMC's video is set to "Evacuate the Dance Floor" by Cascada. The public can vote for their favorite video at www.pinkglovedance.com until Nov. 2. Winners will be announced on …
Monday, October 22, 2012
St. Clair Hospital has opened a new “state-of-the-art” Breast Care Center that is designed to ease the stress of examinations and surgical procedures.
St. Clair Hospital has opened a new “state-of-the-art” Breast Care Center in Bethel Park that is designed to ease the stress of examinations and surgical procedures. The new facility on the third floor of St. Clair’s Outpatient Center across from South Hills Village opened Monday and is serving the South Hills community. Relaxing photos of flowers and the beach hang on walls with soothing colors. “It’s a whole change in atmosphere,” St. Clair spokesman Bob Crytzer said. “That’s a big part of the attitude.” All services that include mammograms, ultrasounds, biopsies, consultation and surgery can be performed at the outpatient center. Patients who come for testing or treatment won’t have to wait to schedule new procedures or consultations. …
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Are you a breast cancer survivor? Do you know a breast cancer survivor? Then join this photo gallery!
There's more to Breast Cancer Awareness Month than wearing a pink ribbon on your collar and cheering for the pink socks-wearing Steelers. It's about educating others on ways to prevent the disease and detect it as early as possible. This month is also a chance to celebrate and share survival stories—and provide hope and comfort to the newly diagnosed. Here at Patch, we ask that you upload a photo to the gallery above of a breast cancer survivor that you know. Just click the "Upload Photos and Videos" tab. Let's see how many brave, strong and beautiful women—and men—we can unite to show others that beating breast cancer can be done.
Monday, October 15, 2012
Party for a cause!
Sabika Austrian Crystal Jewelry is going pink in October to support breast cancer awareness. The home-party business has teamed up with the National Breast Cancer Foundation and Susan G. Komen this month. Here is how it works: If you're interested in hosting a Sabika Pink Party this month, you can contact Tammy Funk, of Upper St. Clair, at email@example.com. Host a Sabika Pink Party with total sales of $2,500 or more and you will receive the exclusive Sabika pink party choker as a special thank you from Sabika! Last year, Sabika donated more than $133,000. This year their goal is $260,000. The president of Sabika, Karin Mayr, is a longtime Upper St. Clair resident.
Thursday, October 11, 2012
Act now through Dec. 31.
National Breast Cancer Awareness Month is a fitting time to let local runners and walkers know that discounted "Early Bird" registration is available through Dec. 31 for the 2013 Komen Pittsburgh Race for the Cure. The annual event, which will be headquartered on Flagstaff Hill at Schenley Park in Pittsburgh's Squirrel Hill South neighborhood next May 12 normally costs $30 (5,000-meter timed run) and $25 (untimed events) for non-breast-cancer-surviving adults. But "Early Birds" can knock $5 off of all registration fees. A full list of normal fees is available here. According to a news release, more than 250,000 women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer in 2012, and over 40,000 will die from it. Susan G. Komen for the …
Monday, October 8, 2012
From galas to walks to shopping, here's how local residents can participate, pledge support and donate to the cause.
- BREAST CANCER AWARENESS
- Erin Faulk
Monday, October 8, 2012
October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and whether you love to shop, attend events, walk or run, there are tons of different ways to support the cause. Check out the list below of opportunities to go pink in Pittsburgh and beyond: These are just a few of many, many awareness events happening this month. If you know of another one, please share in the comments section or post the event on the Upper St. Clair Patch Events Calendar or Announcements Page!
A celebration of survivorship will take place on Oct. 16 at Allegheny General Hospital.
"Dance in My Shoes," a celebration of breast cancer survivorship that invites survivors to learn and have fun while seeing their doctors in a whole new light, will be held Tuesday, Oct. 16 from 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Magovern Conference Center at Allegheny General Hospital. "Dance with the Doctors," in which six West Penn Allegheny Health System oncology physicians will perform special dance routines with current and former patients, highlights the evening’s entertainment. An hour of open dancing will follow for those who’d like to invite their doctors for a spin on the dance floor. The event will also feature judging of a shoe-decorating contest, with shoes decorated by hospital departments, survivors and family members to reflect …
Thursday, October 4, 2012
Show your support by attending the matches, purchasing a T-shirt or donating money online.
The Upper St. Clair varsity and JV girls volleyball teams will be promoting breast cancer awareness at their matches against Seneca Valley on Monday, Oct. 15. Not only will the teams be donning pink, they will be raising money for Side-Out—an organization that awards grants to medical research organizations and entities dedicated to providing support to breast cancer patients and their families. Funds will be raised through fan T-shirt sales, Chinese and silent auctions, concession stand purchases and donations. Order a T-shirt using the form attached in the media box to the right. The cost is $10-12. If you can't make it to the match, but still want to support the cause, click here to donate online.