In 2010, the Pink Pals recognized a need for supportive programs that were not yet offered for York Hospital’s breast cancer patients, and have since raised $700,000 to help the hospital establish a new fund. The Pink Pals are four dynamic women who have pulled out all the stops to create their signature events year after year. They are Cathy Barnhorst, Leslie Ware, Barbara Conda, and Ellen Baldwin.

“What we accomplish is small compared to what these women(with breast cancer) face,” Barnhorst said. “Their courage is just so admirable.”

“We are so passionate about what we do,” Ware added.

The Breast Cancer Living Well Fund at York Hospital now supports new programs and initiatives to soften a patient’s breast cancer journey.

Some of these include creative expression and journal writing, nutritional counseling, strength and flexibility classes, massage and acupuncture, emotional support & guidance, and financial assistance for those in need, self assurance programs, specialized products such as wigs and camisoles, and even a day at the spa to rejuvenate  – all important to assure patients’ psycho-social needs are met throughout their journey. The fund also supports BRACAnalysis and other appropriate genetic testing for those in need.


For more information about the Breast Cancer Living Well Fund, contact Susan Kelly-Westman, York Hospital Oncology Social Worker, at 207-475-1167.


  • An Evening with Joan Lunden

    Presented by the Pink Pals to benefit the Breast Cancer Living Well Fund at York Hospital at Portsmouth Harbor Events on Thursday, July 16, 2015



         See the photo gallery of the Little Black Dress.



  • The Pink Carpet – Bags, Baubles and the BEST of Everything

    Enjoy our PINK CARPET event video produced by Video Tours of New England – for some reason we can't tag them in this post, but we love their work! Visit!

    Posted by York Hospital on Wednesday, November 20, 2013