Towson nursing students at USMH attend breast cancer conference

December 23, 2012
  • From left, Tara Roberston, Kat Robbins, Emily Heckman, Brittany Propst, Bryce Smetzer, Janet Tompkins McMahon (Towson at USMH instructor), Pat Halphin Murphy (president and founder of the Pennsylvania Breast Cancer Coalition), Brittany Bowman, Melani Harmon, David Rico, Hannah Bradley, Alimatu Sangari-Sammarie and Laura Kroll.
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Eleven nursing students at the University System of Maryland at Hagerstown Towson nursing program were honored this fall with scholarships to attend the Pennsylvania Breast Cancer Coalition Conference Oct. 9, in Harrisburg, Pa. 

The event was held at the Harrisburg Hilton Hotel.

The Towson nursing students were selected for the Cary Massa scholarship.

Massa was an active member and dedicated volunteer for the annual conference each year.

The students who attended were Hannah Bradley, Brittany Bowman, Melani Harmon, Emily Heckman, Laura Kroll, Brittany Propst, David Rico, Kat Robbins, Tara Robertson, Alimatu Sangari-Sammarie and Bryce Smetzer. 

For the past three years, Janet Tompkins McMahon, Towson University at USMH instructor, has successfully helped students with the scholarship program.

The students were able to attend the conference and obtain knowledge, and the most current evidenced-based research on the latest best practices related to breast cancer advances.


In addition, the students were able to meet Pat Halpin Murphy, president and founder of the coalition.

Founded in June 1993, the coalition is an organized statewide nonprofit designed to extend public awareness of breast cancer, and to encourage increased public and private funding for research, legislative advocacy and high-quality screening, diagnosis and treatment.

Also included in the event were legislators from Pennsylvania and the first lady of Pennsylvania, Susan Corbett, honorary chair of this year’s conference.

The conference is devoted exclusively to breast cancer awareness and education.

USMH is a regional higher education center offering more than 20 programs from six  institutions within the University System of Maryland.

The campus is on West Washington Street in downtown Hagerstown.

Partner institutions include Coppin State University, Frostburg State University, Salisbury University, Towson University, University of Maryland, College Park and University of Maryland University College.

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