Ceremony Honoring Greensburg Sergeant Killed in Action Set for Aug. 25

WESTMORELAND – The official designation of a bridge in Greensburg to honor a local soldier who was killed in action will take place at 1 p.m., on Thursday, Aug. 25, according to Senate Majority Leader Kim Ward (R-39) and Senate Transportation Committee Chair Wayne Langerholc, Jr. (R-35), who championed the honor.

Act 23 of 2022, co-sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Kim Ward and Sen. Wayne Langerholc, Jr., designates a bridge on PA Route 66, known as Main Street, over the Norfolk Southern Railway in the City of Greensburg as “Sgt. Richard Ivory Cullen Memorial Bridge.”

“Sgt. Cullen is a hometown hero and one of Greensburg’s bravest that put his country before himself,” Senate Majority Leader Kim Ward said. “Naming this bridge in the heart of his hometown is one way his family and this community can continue to remember and honor Sgt. Cullen for the ultimate sacrifice he made while serving our nation.”

Richard Ivory Cullen was born on Aug. 25, 1947, in Greensburg, Pennsylvania. He was drafted into the U.S. Army via selective service during the Vietnam War, beginning his tour on October 6, 1967. Cullen had the rank of sergeant, and his military specialty was light weapons infantry. Sgt. Cullen was killed in action on May 23, 1968.

“Sgt. Cullen bravely gave his life for our country, embodying what it means to be selfless,” Langerholc said. “What a serendipitous honor it is to designate this bridge in Sgt. Cullen’s memory on what would have been his seventy-fifth birthday.”

The ceremony will be held in the overflow parking lot of the Westmoreland Museum of American Art, 221 North Main Street, Greensburg, PA 15601.

CONTACT:

Erica Clayton Wright, 717-787-6063 (Ward)

Gwenn Dando, 717-787-5400 (Langerholc)

Senate Majority Leader Kim Ward Partners with PA Breast Cancer Coalition to Encourage Early Screening

Animations series focuses on high-risk factors for breast cancer, endorses early screening 

GREENSBURGSenate Majority Leader Kim Ward (R-39) and Pat Halpin Murphy, President of the PA Breast Cancer Coalition (PBCC) partnered to launch the second in a five-part animation series aimed to educate Pennsylvania residents on the importance of early detection for breast cancer.

“Thousands of Pennsylvania women, including myself, are considered at high-risk for breast cancer, so I am passionate about reminding all women to make informed decisions regarding screenings and early detection,” said PA Senate Majority Leader Kim Ward. “Our goal with the second animation is to educate women on the factors that elevate risk for breast cancer while encouraging them to be their own advocates. It is my honor to partner with the PA Breast Cancer Coalition on this ongoing effort to share the importance of annual mammograms for women across the state. Early detection saves lives!”

The second installment focuses on the most common high-risk conditions for breast cancer and urges women to speak with their doctors about the best screening options, based on their level of risk. Each video in the animation series will be released on the eighth of the month leading up to National Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October. 

“Many women don’t know what it means to be high-risk for breast cancer. This second video in our series shows what those risk factors are – including a personal history, family history, dense breast tissue, or a genetic predisposition – and expands our efforts in promoting the importance of early detection,” said PBCC President and Founder Pat Halpin-Murphy. “I am so very proud to say that our partnership with Senate Majority Leader Kim Ward continues to inform, educate, empower, and inspire women to be proactive about their breast health. Please, don’t miss your mammogram!”

The animation series will focus on the following topics:

  • Don’t Miss your Mammogram! – launched June 8
  • Am I high-risk?- launched July 8
  • Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program / Free Mammograms in PA
  • Screening vs. Diagnostic Mammograms
  • Breast Cancer in PA

To learn more, access the animation series and view sample social media posts, visit pbcc.me/mammogramtoolkit or visit the PBCC and Leader Kim Ward social media pages:

Facebook: PABreastCancer, StateSenatorKimWard

Twitter: PBCC, SenatorKimWard

Instagram: PABreastCancer, senatorkimlward

PA Breast Cancer Coalition, Senate Majority Leader Kim Ward Launch Educational Mammogram Animation Series

Five-part Digital Series to Address Importance of Annual Mammograms, Early Detection 

PENNSYLVANIAPA Breast Cancer Coalition (PBCC) President Pat Halpin-Murphy and PA Senate Majority Leader Kim Ward today announced a five-part animation series aimed at educating Pennsylvania residents on the importance of early detection for breast cancer. The first installment, released today, will serve as a reminder for all Pennsylvania women to schedule mammograms that could save their lives. In the U.S., one in every eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer. For this reason, each short video clip will be released on the eighth of each month leading to October, which is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

“What a terrific way to take our statewide Don’t Miss your Mammogram initiative and partnership with Senate Majority Leader Kim Ward to the next level,” said PBCC President and Founder Pat Halpin-Murphy. “This animation series allows all Pennsylvanians to join the discussion and share the importance of early detection across their social channels. Every like, share, retweet and post can make an impact and promote awareness. Early detection saves lives!”

The animation series will focus on the following topics:

  • Don’t Miss your Mammogram!
  • Am I high-risk?
  • Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program / Free Mammograms in PA
  • Screening vs. Diagnostic Mammograms
  • Breast Cancer in PA

“More than 12,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer each year in Pennsylvania. When detected at its earliest rate, the five-year survival rate for breast cancer is greater than 90%,” said PA Senate Majority Leader Kim Ward. “I am proud to continue this partnership and critical dialogue with the PA Breast Cancer Coalition. With the help of this educational animation series, we have even more tools to educate women in our state of the importance of annual mammograms. Let’s get screened, Pennsylvania!”

To learn more, access the animation series and view sample social media posts, visit http://pbcc.me/mammogramtoolkit or visit the PBCC and Leader Kim Ward social media pages:

Facebook: PABreastCancer, StateSenatorKimWard

Twitter: PBCC, SenatorKimWard

Instagram: PABreastCancer, senatorkimlward 

About the PA Breast Cancer Coalition

The PA Breast Cancer Coalition, a 501(c)3 organization, 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 don’t have to. For more information, please call 800-377-8828 or visit www.PABreastCancer.org.