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.

Stage IV Stampede

 

August 1-31, 2020

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

(From the Safety and Convenience of Your Own Home)

Welcome to the 5th annual Metavivor Stage IV Stampede.  This year, due to COVID-19 health concerns, the Stampede will be virtual in nature and will take place during the entire month of August. 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 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. 

 

Changes in the 2020 Stage IV Stampede

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

  • Sending a personalized letter  to your member of Congress
  • 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.

Also this year, there will be a greater 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.

There will also be an expanded schedule of training webinars to help further prepare you and to give you an opportunity to ask questions in advance of reaching out to your elected officials.  We encourage you to register on the link below to participate in the Stampede and to view the Webinars.  If you cannot attend the live Webinars, a separate link to each of them will be posted on this Web Site as the Webinars become available. 

Once you register, 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.

Each webinar will run for approximately 30 minutes.  

 

WEBINAR SCHEDULE 

Thursday, June 4th @ 6:00 PM EDT/3:00 PM PDT – Civics 101: How Our Government Works

(Click HERE to watch)

Thursday, June 11th @ 6:00 PM EDT/3:00 PM PDT – Issue Review, Enhancing Medical Research Funding

(Click HERE to watch)

Thursday, June 18th @ 6:00 PM EDT/3:00 PM PDT – Issue Review, Metastatic Breast Cancer Access to Care Act/ Communicating Coverage Issues

(Click HERE to watch)

Thursday, June 25th @ 6:00 PM EDT/3:00 PM PDT – Issue Review, Cancer Drug Parity Act/ Communicating Access Issues

(Click HERE to watch)

*Thursday, July 2nd @ 6:00 PM EDT/3:00 PM PDT – How to Contact your Members of Congress (mandatory) 

(Click HERE to watch)

*Thursday, July 9th @ 6:00 PM EDT/3:00 PM PDT – How to Contact your Members of Congress (mandatory, repeat presentation)

(Webinars will be made available for those that cannot attend at the scheduled time)

 

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.  For a reenactment of a Congressional visit demonstrating how this can be done. (Click Here)

Legislative Fact Sheet

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

Registration

To register for the 2020 Stage IV Stampede and the training Webinars, click HERE

*To check the status of The Metastatic Breast Cancer Access to Care Act H.R.2178 (House) and S.1374 (Senate) and view a list of co-sponsors, please visit Congress.gov

*To check the status of The Cancer Drug Parity Act  H.R.1730 (House) and S.741 (Senate) and view a list of co-sponsors, please visit Congress.gov.