Stage IV Stampede

Join us for the 2018 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.

METAvivor’s 3rd annual Stage IV Stampede will be held on Tuesday and Wednesday, October 9 & 10 2018. Make your voice heard on Capitol Hill! The 2018 Stage IV Stampede is part of a grassroots effort to bring patients, caregivers and supporters together from across the country to Washington, D.C., to advocate for advancing stage IV metastatic cancer research and improving access to quality healthcare and benefits for individuals impacted by MBC.

On Tuesday October 9, METAvivor will host registration, a reception and an advocacy training session for individuals interested in learning more about the issues facing the MBC community and how to effectively engage congressional staff. On Wednesday October 10,  participants will take part in a .5 mile march to the Capitol Lawn, a Die-In hosted by MET Up and  a day of team-based meetings with the offices of your Senators and House Members. You and your team  will educate Congressional leaders and staff about stage IV MBC and ask them to support the community by facilitating additional funding for metastatic cancer research, keeping vital patient protections in healthcare and other issues of importance to the MBC community. 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! 


Tuesday, October 9 

1:30 pm - Stampede Volunteer Training - Congressional Ballroom, Holiday Inn Capitol Hill

4 pm - Advocacy and Congressional Visit Training - Congressional Ballroom, Holiday Inn Capitol Hill

5 pm - Reception - Holiday Inn Capitol Hill

7 - 10 pm - Live From Stage IV - Location TBD

Wednesday, October 10 

8:45 am - Stage IV Stampede - 1/2 mile March on the Mall

9:00 am - DIE-IN (Hosted by METUP) - Capitol Lawn

10 am - Continental Breakfast and break into teams for visits on Capitol Hill, Dirksen Senate Building, Room G-50

10:30 am - 4 pm - Team congressional visits

4 pm - Wrap Up - TBA

REGISTER NOW! For more information contact [email protected]

We are focused on achieving seven specific goals:

  1. Expand the metastatic cancer research portfolio at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in 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), 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. Insure patient protections remain part of healthcare reform efforts to include: a) limiting out-of-pocket expenses; b) ensuring no lifetime caps for treatments; and c) prohibit any pre-existing condition discrimination.
  5. 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. 
  6. Cultivate a nationwide network of grassroots advocates who will effectively engage their elected officials to help advance the metastatic cancer agenda.
  7. Participate in community advocacy efforts focused on improving the drug development pipeline and facilitating treatment development.