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Former Yorkers organize golf outing for oral chemo pill

SARA BLUMBERG
YorkDispatch

Two former Yorkers are organizing a golf outing in the hopes of passing a bill making oral anticancer pills more affordable for cancer patients.

For the last year, Matt Helfrich and Sarah Falvey have been urging the Pennsylvania legislature to pass a law that would make the pills more accessible. Pennsylvania remains one of the few states without rules regulating the cost of oral chemotherapy.

With the legislation in limbo, according to Helfrich, he and his friends will promote their cause on Oct. 2 at the first The Helfrich-Falvey Charity Golf Outing, held at Heritage Hills, 2700 Mount Rose Ave. in York Township.

All proceeds from the tournament will benefit the American Cancer Society.

The mission is personal for the friends, each of whom had a parent who died from cancer.

The oral anticancer medication helped keep his mother alive until she finally succumbed to the disease in 2009, he said.

Raising money: About 75 people have signed up for the event, which organizers hope will raise about $10,000 for research.

"But we also want to show that oral chemo treatment can help and it needs to be more affordable," Helfrich said. "We are going to keep lobbying to do that."

People who don't want to golf can also attend in the event's evening reception, which will feature local leaders and include discussion about the importance of cancer research.

To register, visit www.helfrichfalveycharity.com. Participants can also register the day of the event.

— Reach Sara Blumberg at sblumberg@yorkdispatch.com.