Penn State Schuylkill to host PA Breast Cancer Coalition traveling photo exhibit

Schuylkill County survivors to share stories at '67 Women, 67 Counties: Facing Breast Cancer in Pennsylvania' reception
Jeanne Elberfeld, left, sits atop Penn State Schuylkill's lion shrine with her arm draped around Andrea Solinski, right

This photo will be included in the PA Breast Cancer Coalition's "67 Women, 67 Counties" exhibit. The survivors featured in Schuylkill County's photo tribute are Jeanne Elberfeld, left, executive director of Schuylkill County's VISION, and Andrea Solinski, right, lab assistant at Penn State Schuylkill.

Credit: Samantha Bower

SCHUYLKILL HAVEN, Pa. — The PA Breast Cancer Coalition (PBCC) is partnering with Penn State Schuylkill to bring its photo exhibit, "67 Women, 67 Counties: Facing Breast Cancer in Pennsylvania" to Schuylkill County. A free reception will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 8.

This one-of-a-kind exhibit features women from each of Pennsylvania’s 67 counties, along with photos and quotes about how their lives have been impacted by breast cancer. These survivors share their messages and show how breast cancer has not only affected them, but the lives of families and communities statewide. The exhibit also promotes the importance of screening mammograms for women for early detection.

PBCC President and Founder Pat Halpin-Murphy encourages residents of Schuylkill County to attend this empowering exhibit.

“Those featured in the photo exhibit demonstrate the courage and bravery needed to fight this disease. They are more than just women; they are mothers, wives, aunts, sisters, daughters and friends,” said Halpin-Murphy. “We are excited to bring this powerful message to Schuylkill Haven as we honor all of the women and families who are facing breast cancer in Pennsylvania.”

Partnering with Penn State Schuylkill to host this exhibit in Schuylkill Haven was an easy decision for both the coalition and the campus.

“The 67 women featured in this powerful photo exhibit put a human face on a terrible disease,” said Patrick M. Jones, chancellor of Penn State Schuylkill. “Their stories inspire all of us to continue the fight against cancer through research, education, and philanthropy.”

The opening reception, featuring breast cancer survivors, local legislators and representatives from the PA Breast Cancer Coalition, will be held 5-7 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 8, with light refreshments provided. The exhibit will be on display Tuesday, Oct. 8, through Sunday, Oct. 20, in the Student Center Lobby at Penn State Schuylkill.

The display is free and open to the public. To RSVP for the reception, please call 800-377-8828 x3050 or visit

About the PA Breast Cancer Coalition

The PA Breast Cancer Coalition is a 501(c)3 organization that 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