It is with great sadness that we announce the death of METAvivor friend, supporter, Ambassador and Board member, Doris Ann Price. Doris Ann lived eleven years with her metastasis, despite an extensive spread of her cancer to multiple organs. She went public with her journey early on, pushing insurance companies to support the drug choice of the patient-oncologist team. She gave great support to patients through her work with the National Patient Advocate Foundation (NPAF), sharing her knowledge, experience, compassion and guidance with other metastatic breast cancer patients, empowering them on their own journey living with metastatic breast cancer. For her years of work with NPAF, Doris Ann was awarded the National Patient Advocate Courage and Dedication Award in 2016.
Those like Doris Ann, who were diagnosed metastatic over ten years ago when social media was not widely used found it hard to connect. It was hard work communicating with and helping others under the circumstances, yet Doris Ann always found a way.
Once she learned of METAvivor she volunteered and soon took on a leadership role as METAvivor’s Southeast US Ambassador Program. Her region was a tremendous success story. Dedicated and motivated, Doris Ann quickly became an invaluable asset to our organization as a member of our Board of Directors.
Doris Ann’s ability to reach out to people, make them comfortable, determine their needs and help was unmatched. And her vivacious personality, bright red lipstick and whimsical MBC dolls made her a favorite with all her knew her.
Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to her family and especially her loving, loyal and compassionate husband, Aaron Price who also serves as a METAvivor Board Member.
Doris Ann will be greatly missed by our entire team … and by MBC patients around the world. Rest in peace dear friend and colleague. We will let our “freak flag fly” today!