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Christmas Eve gatherings. Summer vacations at the Jersey Shore. These are just some of the experiences Jacquie Beck and Kerry O’Riordan McAdam have always shared.
They never expected they’d add Penn Medicine, cancer, and a fundraising gala — held in their honor — to that list.
I was diagnosed with MBC three and half years ago. This diagnosis came 16 years after my early-stage breast cancer diagnosis. My first three years of living with MBC was spent trying to figure out how to live in the face of death. Simply, how to keep going. While my husband became active with METAvivor, I sat on the sidelines until 2021 when I was encouraged to serve as the Stampede captain for Minnesota.
2021 was my second year as Montana’s State Captain for the METAvivor Stampede. I am in active treatment for my third bout with cancer—second with metastatic breast cancer--and would not have been able to participate if the Stampede continued as an in-person only, D.C.-based event. I’m not alone. We almost doubled our number of state captains in 2021 compared with 2019.
METAvivor Research and Support announces 26 new grant awards for metastatic breast cancer research totaling $4.050,000. Metavivor has continued to fund research through the pandemic despite challenges. The grants hold promise for future treatments and therapies that will have a significant and positive impact for those living with metastatic breast cancer and includes a special award designed to eliminate health disparities for black people living with metastatic breast cancer.
Here at Metavivor we don’t often discuss diagnostic tools or treatment plans since we are all so unique in our cancer presentation. Lately however, we are hearing from patients about a new diagnostic tool, available since Spring 2020, that they may be having difficulty accessing. Read more...