METAVIVOR RESEARCH AND SUPPORT INC

Rating: 5 stars   35 reviews

Issues: Health, Cancer

Location: 1783 Forest Drive #184 Annapolis MD 21401 USA

Mission: Fund the research that will initially extend life and ultimately end death for persons diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer. Support persons with the disease. Raise critical awareness so that we can carry out our mission.
Results: We have awarded ten research grants totaling $600,000 for metastatic breast cancer research. We fund out-of-the box ideas that have far-reaching impact and stand the chance to make a significant difference for the metastatic breast cancer patient in the future.
Target demographics: persons with metastatic breast cancer wherever they might live
Direct beneficiaries per year: 1000s of patients and we funded three metastasis research proposals
Geographic areas served: Annapolis MD
Programs: RESEARCH -- first and foremost to extend life and ultimately end death from metastatic breast cancer SUPPORT for the patient so that they can get together, face-to-face with others going through precisely the same thing that they are going through. AWARENESS so that people everywhere can understand what stage IV cancer is all about and can help make a difference for our community.

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Rating: 5 stars   Featured Review

6 people found this review helpful

Metastasis is what kills cancer patients, but research in this critical area is woefully underfunded compared to the magnitude of the problem. METAvivor is a grassroots organization that is raising support for laboratory research directly targeting metastasis. They also provide support for patients living with metastatic cancer. Perhaps as importantly, they have begun to shine a light on the growing number of patients living with metastatic cancer -- their real problems, challenges and realities. METAvivor solicits advice from experts to assure that their research grants are going to the best possible science. They do all of this with a minimum administrative overhead. In short, if I want money going directly to metastasis research, this is the place I send my contribution!!

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

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2011

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Metavivor is the only cancer organization that I support, for many reasons, among them because they do such a fantastic job of both supporting victims of this cruel disease, and they uniquely fund research to fight it. Having watched my mother undergo treatment for breast cancer, as well as too many dear friends, it is not an option for me NOT to support worthy organizations searching for a cure. I choose to support Metavivor because they are so effective in what they do; because metastatic breast cancer is NOT supported by most fundraising fighting breast cancer, thus Metavivor's unique role vs metastatic breast cancer; because they provide support for women whose situation many people mistakenly think has already much support; because of their transparency, so you know that your dollars go where there is the most need (to the researchers); because of their educational efforts that clarify the issues simply and effectively, and finally and of great importance, seeking out and funding the best researchers who are searching for cures for this deadly disease.
On their website (metavivor.org) they run an excellent video, full of information that most people, even those with breast cancer themselves, are not aware of. Hard-hitting, factual and with a message that should change the course of breast cancer research funding, these women of Metavivor.org (and associated men) support an under-served population, people whose situation is misunderstood for the very reasons explained so well in this video! This is an organization that deserves everyone's support, for the sake of all of our wives, mothers, daughters and granddaughters, aunts, cousins, and our future.

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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1 person found this review helpful

Great organization filling a real need. Led by "metavivors", the organization is focused on fighting the disease and helping those who are fighting it. Unlike many nonprofits, it is not caught up in trying to have the splashiest brochures, coolest office, etc. As a donor, it is refreshing to know that donations are actually used for the purposes intended.

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Metavivor is a wonderful organization that stands out from other cancer related nonprofits. I am amazed at the hard work, quality of work, and dedication each of member of this organization contributes in order to raise awareness and fund research directly related to metastatic breast cancer. I look forward to following this organization to see the amazing things it continues to do.

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Metavivor fills a dearly-needed role in making sure metastatic breast cancer gets the attention and research it needs to help the 150,000 Americans who are living with MBC. The staff is living with this disease themselves, so they understand all too well the urgency and importance of Metavivor.

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As a breast cancer surgeon, I am asked to support many breast cancer related non-profit organizations. Metavivor is at the top of my list. They are one of the few organizations providing support to individuals as well as researchers who focus on metastatic breast cancer - these women are not well represented in clinical trials and research efforts. In addition, they are extremely transparent regarding where the donations are going. For these reasons, I will continue to support Metavivor and would recommend that others do so as well.

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Metavivor is a nonprofit organization that supports people living with metastatic breast cancer. 100% of the proceeds go to research. Unlike Susan G. Komen. I donate exclusively to Metavivor in the hopes that metastatic disease will be part of our past.

Susan Rahn

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METAvivor is the only national organization that exclusively supports research that benefits patients living with metastatic breast cancer through a peer-reviewed grant process. 100% of every donation made to METAvivor goes directly to research. Thanks to volunteer efforts and direct sponsorships, not one penny of donations are used for overhead. I love that.

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Metavivor is one of the non profits that we support annually. All money goes directly into research for metastatic disease. Metavivor has been a leader for support, advocacy and fund raising for metastatic breast cancer. The research done as a result of Metavivor's grants will directly or indirectly lead to progress in all metastatic cancer. Each year they innovate many new ways to raise funds for this worthy cause. Well done, and keep up the good work!

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METavivor is a 100 percent volunteer, patient led non profit organization. It started out as a support group for metastatic breast cancer patients, an area that sadly has very little support. Now, in addition to the caring support, METavivor, funds research for treatment for patients whose cancer has spread. To date, they have awarded over $600,000 in metastatic breast cancer research grants. They put 100 percent of donations and 100 percent of fundraiser proceeds into the grants. I am pleased to contribute to an organization who uses my donations so efficiently, and for such a worthy cause.

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give them more exposure

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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This is a very accepting organization that counseled & supported me when I was diagnosed with Stage IV cancer at the age of 32 & continue to support me to this day. I have 2 very young daughters & the women of the group have helped me throughout the many hardships I have endured. My breast cancer spread to my liver, skin, lymph nodes, & brain. i have been on chemo since diagnosis & also had surgery & radiation. each time i was connected to someone in the group who had gone before me - told me what i can expect & the truth about side effects. They have also given me the opportunity to make a difference in the world. They connected me to the right people & recommended me as a patient advisor. I have been able to share my story through their guidance. Every time I do I am encouraged & uplifted by hope. This organization is the key to research & ultimately a cure to stage IV breast cancer.

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