METAvivor for Metastatic Breast Cancer Research and Awareness


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Have you heard of METAvivor?  I hadn’t until I participated in the Kohl’s Cares Campaign.  METAvivor stands for Metastatic (META) breast cancer Survivor (vivor).  It’s an organization which brings Stage IV – Metastatic Breast Cancer to the forefront, supports men women and distributes research dollars to researchers studying metastatic disease.


What is Metastatic Breast Cancer?


Metastatic disease is cancer – which has spread beyond the site of the primary tumor.  Simply put, the tumor breaks off, travels through the circulatory system, takes root in another part of the body, establishes its own blood supply (through angiogenesis), and grows.  Often, it’s referred to as forming distant metastases. Once the tumor breaks off an establishes a viable blood supply, it’s almost impossible to stop.  Metastatic Breast Cancer is considered a terminal disease since it is almost 100% fatal within 18-24 months.

200,000 men and women are diagnosed with breast cancer every year.  6-10% of those people are diagnosed with Metastatic disease.  Another 30%  in all stages (Stages 0-III) will develop Stage IV (stage 4) Metastatic Breast Cancer in some point in their life.  Breast cancer is known to form distant metastases to the bone, lung, liver and brain.  Although you see distant metastases in other areas as well.


The Pink Elephant in the Room Campaign

#pinkelephantintheroom campaign #metavivor #stage4 #breastcancer raise awareness and research dollars for Metastatic disease


The room with the pink haze is all the discussion and research surrounding breast cancer.  The pink elephant represents the 30% of women and men living with metastatic disease – the overlooked population.  Even though 40,000 women and men die each and every year, nobody likes to talk about it.  Yet, of all the funding, only 5% is going towards Metastatic Breast Cancer.

METAvivor is talking about it.  The Pink Elephant in The Room brings attention to Metastatic Breast Cancer research. METAvivor’s role is two-fold.

  1. To increase awareness about the funding discrepancy in funding that exists.  See the 30% for 30% campaign.
  2. To directly fund grants to researchers working on metastatic breast cancer.  For a list of the grants awarded in the last 4 years, go here.

The call for grants were already placed in February.  If you are a researcher and want to know more, or be put on the email list for next year, go here.

Here is the announcement for the 2013 grant recipients.

Donate and Learn More.

How do you donate?

  1. I bought a car magnet from the METAvivor store.
  2. If you go here, there are many ways you can donate through direct donations, corporate sponsorships, and fundraising .  You can donate time or money.  There are METAvivor chapters spread throughout the United States.

You can donate in the memory of a loved one, in honor of someone, recurrent giving, or through your will.

There are a lot of ways to help.


If you want to learn more about METAvivor and it’s cause, visit them on the web here.


Do you know someone living with Metastatic Breast Cancer?

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