March 15, 2012
Metastatic Breast Cancer Survivors volunteer as the brains, energy, and workers of the METAvivor family. They understand that over 90% of cancer patients will die from metastatic disease. They understand that about 30% of cancer patients will be told that their cancer has spread to other parts of their body. They understand that only a small percentage of research money supports research to understand the how and why a cancer cell can become metastatic. Undaunted by the poor research funding, they raise monies to support novel research in metastatic cancer. Money in hand, they request grant applications, review/rank the grants and award the funds directly to the researchers. They also raise grant money to support the all volunteer staff with supplies. Finally but most importantly, they provide one-on-one support to each other as their disease progresses. Like the disease they are sworn to conquer, they smoothly transition between fund raisers, research supporters, and loving care givers. Some researchers believe that Cancer Stem Cells are shed from the tumor early in its growth, move to other tissues and many years later emerge as a metastatic site. I like the idea that donating dollars to METAvivors directly supports metastatic cancer research and may contribute to finding a cure for cancer at its root.
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