Stage IV Stampede

The Stage IV Stampede is part of a grassroots advocacy effort designed to raise attention to our issues with members of Congress. The Stampede brings together patients, caregivers, and supporters, including family members, friends, and those who have lost a loved one to metastatic breast cancer, to advocate for advancing Stage IV metastatic cancer research and improving access to quality healthcare and benefits for individuals impacted by MBC.

2021 Stage IV Stampede

October 1-31, 2021

Tell Your Members of Congress, “Don’t Ignore Stage IV”

(From the Safety and Convenience of Your Own Home)

Welcome to the 6th annual Metavivor Stage IV Stampede.  This year, due to COVID-19 health concerns, the U.S. Capitol remains closed so, once again the Stampede will be virtual and will take place during the entire month of October. During this time, we will support you in connecting with congressional offices and using your voice and your personal story to make a difference by:

  • Asking your congressional representatives to provide meaningful funding increases for medical research programs advancing efforts to control and eliminate cancer that has already disseminated.
  • Encouraging your congressional representatives to cosponsor and enact important legislation seeking to improve healthcare coverage and access for the community.

The Stage IV Stampede is part of Metavivor’s ongoing grassroots advocacy efforts designed to raise attention to issues relevant to the metastatic cancer community with members of Congress. The Stampede is our biggest and most important event. It brings together patients, caregivers, and supporters, including family members, friends, and those who have lost a loved one to metastatic cancer, to advocate for advancing stage IV metastatic cancer research and improving access to quality healthcare and benefits for individuals impacted by MBC. 

 

Changes in the 2021 Stage IV Stampede

Due to Covid-19, the Capitol remains closed to visitors and meetings with Congressional offices will be held virtually.  Volunteer advocates will be asked to undertake one or more of the following outreach activities in lieu of an “in-person” meeting with congressional staff:

  • Working with your state teams for virtual meetings with your congressional representatives
  • Sending a personalized letter  to your member of Congress through METAvivor's Advocacy Platform which makes this very easy to do
  • E-mailing key congressional staff
  • Calling the offices of your congressional representatives

If you are interested in taking part, we encourage you to watch the webinars and other links at the bottom of this web site which will provide more information and to submit your registration. Except for the ‘kickoff” webinar, all of the webinars were originally recorded for the 2020 Stampede, so bill numbers and a reference to upcoming elections are not current. Otherwise, all information fully applies to the 2021 Stampede.

Also, this year, there will be an emphasis on advance training and preparation for the Stampede to make it as easy as possible to participate. The links below will provide you with basic background materials and practical assistance in preparing for Congressional meetings. It’s not hard and you do not need any experience to prepare or participate – we are here to support you. Metavivor has prepared an Advocacy Toolkit to help you to become an effective advocate .

There will also be a number of training webinars to help further prepare you in advance of reaching out to your elected officials.  A “kickoff” webinar will be held on October 1st at 3:00 pm eastern, where we will walk you through the Stampede and you will have an opportunity to ask questions.  A Zoom link for this webinar will be sent to all Stampede registrants.  We encourage you to register on the link below to participate in the Stampede and to receive an invitation to the Kickoff Webinar. 

If you cannot attend the Kickoff Webinar,  a link to it will be posted on this Web Site as it becomes available. 

Once you register for the Stampede, you will be provided with additional training information and branded materials.  We will also provide you with event information and assist you with your outreach every step of the way.  

Register Now

 

WEBINAR Recordings

Civics 101: How Our Government Works 

(Click HERE to watch)

Issue Review, Enhancing Medical Research Funding 

(Click HERE to watch)

Issue Review, Metastatic Breast Cancer Access to Care Act/ Communicating Coverage Issues 

(Click HERE to watch)

Issue Review, Cancer Drug Parity Act/ Communicating Access Issues 

(Click HERE to watch)

How to Contact your Members of Congress 

(Click HERE to watch)

 

OTHER PREPARATION RESOURCES:

Reenactment of Visit to a Congressional Office 

The most effective presentations to Congress weave your personal experiences into the legislative priorities of the Stampede. Listen to a reenactment of a Congressional visit demonstrating how this can be done below.

Legislative Fact Sheet

A helpful reference sheet in preparing for a Congressional meeting and for reference during the meeting. (Download)

Advocacy Toolkit

A helpful reference on becoming an effective advocate. (Download)

Registration

To register for the 2021 Stage IV Stampede and the training Webinars, click HERE

*To check the status of The Metastatic Breast Cancer Access to Care Act H.R.3183 (House) and S.1312 (Senate) and view a list of co-sponsors, please visit Congress.gov

*To check the status of The Cancer Drug Parity Act please visit Congress.gov.