Stage IV Stampede

Join us for the Stage IV Stampede and make your voice heard on Capitol Hill! The Stage IV Stampede is part of a grassroots effort to bring volunteers together from across the country to Washington, DC, to advocate for advancing medical research and improving access to quality healthcare for individuals impacted by MBC.

The event will include a one-mile march from the Washington Monument to the U.S. Capitol, a Die-In to represent the 113 individuals that die each day from MBC, and an educational briefing on emerging opportunities and challenges in research. The event will culminate in a day of team-based meetings with the offices of your Senators and House Representatives where we will educate them about stage IV MBC and ask them to support the community by facilitating additional research and improving access to care and treatments. Ahead of the event, there will be brief training sessions for individuals interested in learning more about the issues facing the community and how to effectively engage congressional staff. You do not need to be an expert in civics or government to help create positive change, you just need to stand up and speak out!


Thursday, October 13 - National Metastatic Breast Cancer Awareness Day


Meet at The Washington Monument


One-Mile March on the Mall


Die-In hosted by Met Up - West Lawn of the Capitol


MBC Panel and Continental Breakfast- Cannon Caucus Room - Cannon Building

11:30 - 3:30

Meetings with Congressional Offices - Senate and House Buildings

Registration for this event is now closed.

Please download the prep packet and training slides and review prior to the event.

To listen to the recorded training call:
The phone number is: 1-888-203-1112
The passcode is: 351668102#

For more information contact


The coalition of organizations is focused on achieving seven specific goals:

  1. Expand the metastatic cancer research portfolio at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 & FY 2018 through growth in appropriations and demonstrated congressional interest in controlling and eliminating cancer that has already disseminated (metastasized).
  2. Ensure the continued growth of the Breast Cancer Research Program (BCRP) within the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program (CDMRP) at the Department of Defense (DoD) in FY 2017 and FY 2018, and encourage prioritization of research opportunities for already disseminated, metastatic stage IV cancers since eliminating breast cancer through prevention has failed.
  3. Raise awareness of already disseminated, metastatic, stage IV cancer and the unique needs of affected individuals on Capitol Hill and among the general public and advocate the need for new codes for patients with a diagnosis of already disseminated metastatic cancer so that this population can be correctly counted.
  4. Support efforts to improve access to quality, affordable healthcare, innovative therapies, and end the waiting period for disability and Medicare benefits for individuals facing terminal illness. 
  5. Cultivate a nationwide network of grassroots advocates who will effectively engage their elected officials to help advance the metastatic cancer agenda.
  6. Participate in community advocacy efforts focused on improving the drug development pipeline and facilitating treatment development. 
  7. Monitor relevant legislative and public policy issues by participating in coalition advocacy activities and attending events on Capitol Hill.

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