"When you're first told, you have breast cancer it just knocks your socks off and it's hard to believe and I was afraid I was going to die," said Betty Shelley, breast cancer survivor for 26 years.
It was an evening of reflection and hope as breast cancer survivors and supporters from across
"The exhibit, I think is very empowering for women, in particular, this is people's opportunity to put a face with the disease. You know, you can talk about, oh it's breast cancer but you know these are real women and real stories and real families that are affected," Billie Piper Hammond, breast cancer survivor for 13 years.
The traveling photo exhibit represents all 67 counties in
"Many women at that time when we started the exhibit weren't so comfortable telling their friends and family and coworkers about their diagnosis and so we wanted to let them know that they're not alone in this fight and by reaching out to those people they can get the support they need to navigate their diagnosis," said Natalie Kopp, Communications Director for the Pennsylvania Breast Cancer Coalition.
The photo exhibit is featured in six locations each year but this is it's first time in
"These are people who have had breast cancer, some people who have conquered breast cancer and it's also a memorial to some of the people who are less fortunate," said
The exhibit also encourages women to learn about early detection.
A display of hope and a lesson that could save lives.
The photo exhibit is free and open to the public and runs until April 24th at the