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The Pennsylvania Breast Cancer Coalition Annual Conference Has Much to Offer All Who Have Been Touched by Breast Cancer

HARRISBURG, Pa., Sept. 21 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Pennsylvania Breast Cancer Coalition Annual Conference will be held on WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 17, 2007, from 7 A.M. to 4 P.M., at the Harrisburg Hilton and Towers in Harrisburg, seeking to answer some of the unanswered questions regarding the disease and provide support and guidance for breast cancer survivors and their loved ones.

"Breast cancer impacts not only those women who personally battle the disease. It affects children, husbands, sisters, mothers, friends, and entire communities. It raises many questions and leaves few answers," said Pat Halpin-Murphy, President and Founder of the Pennsylvania Breast Cancer Coalition.

Three workshop sessions allow conference attendees to choose from a variety of the 16 workshop topics being offered at the conference. Workshop topics include breast cancer in young women, genetic risk factors, breast cancer survivorship, exercise, including belly-dancing and new trends in mammography and treatment.

Registration for this one day conference, which includes a continental breakfast, our Pink Ribbon Awards Luncheon, conference materials (including a tote bag), is only $65 if you register before September 30, increasing to $85 thereafter. Continuing education credits are available for nurses.

Registration is available online at For more information call 1-800-377-8828 x101.

Highlights of the day include the noon Pink Ribbon Awards Luncheon where State Representative Dennis M. O'Brien, Speaker of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives will be awarded the Pink Ribbon Award for his action on breast cancer issues. Speaker O'Brien has been a tireless supporter of the PBCC and the women of Pennsylvania. He recently introduced House Bill 1531, which now ensures that every PA taxpayer will continue to have the opportunity to donate their state income tax refund to breast cancer research.

Deborah Freer, Breast Cancer Activist, Advocate, Survivor and PBCC Board Member will also receive the PBCC's Pink Ribbon Award. She has dedicated her life to sharing her story and is committed to reaching other women with information on breast cancer. Her determination and kind nature are an inspiration to all of us and makes her a model breast cancer advocate.

Larry Norton, M.D., Deputy Physician-in-Chief for Breast Cancer Programs at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York will receive the Vivian and Meyer P. Potamkin Award which is presented during opening session to an individual who is performing outstanding work in the field of breast cancer research. Dr. Norton will also lead Grand Rounds for Physicians and Healthcare Professionals and will speak about the evolution of breast cancer management and treatment.

Shining Light Award recipient Gayle Mills-Russell will be honored at the conference's opening session. Ms. Mills-Russell is Executive Director for the Office of Senator Arlen Specter, as well as a tremendous example of an advocate for women's health issues professionally and personally.

In addition the conference kicks off with an evening reception on Tuesday, October 16, at 6:00 P.M. where PBCC Grassroots Partners and community event participants will be honored.

There is still time to register for this inspiring and educational day. Registration is available online at For more information call 1-800-377-8828 x101.

The PA Breast Cancer Coalition represents, supports and serves breast cancer survivors and their families in Pennsylvania through educational programming, legislative advocacy and unique outrea

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