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Angie Dick is a breast cancer survivor currently six years in remission. Her best friend, Connie, was also diagnosed with early stage breast cancer on the same day of Angie's last chemo treatment. Connie was re-diagnosed in July 2015 with stage IV metastatic breast cancer. Angie is currently enrolled in CCBC and doing an actuating speech on Metastatic Breast Cancer in the hopes to raise money for research on Connie's behalf. Please read Connie's story and consider donating. Stage IV needs more!

Connie's Metastatic Breast Cancer Story

I am 39 yrs. old and living with Stage IV breast cancer, also known as metastatic breast cancer, the only breast cancer diagnosis that is terminal. I was originally diagnosed with early stage (stage III) breast cancer in Jan 2011. I completed the “gold standard” of care for treating breast cancer and was considered cancer free, or so I thought. I moved past this point in my life and did everything I could to put cancer behind me. I welcomed the birth of my son, Gabriel Sean Baker, into the world. Gabriel was born through gestational carrier because cancer treatments prevented me from being able to carry children. My sister was my surrogate mother and because of her amazing act of selflessness, together, we welcome Gabriel into the world. Gabriel was born on August 7, 2014, my sister was 47 years old when she gifted my husband and I our healthy baby boy. However, in July of 2015 my world was turned upside down as I was re-diagnosed with breast cancer that had spread to my lymph nodes and lung. I was given a terminal diagnosis of stage IV metastatic breast cancer, with an average life expectancy of 33 months. The thought of not being here to raise my son is unimaginable. I would like to give you some facts, to help you understand why it is so important that you donate to organizations that focus on research.

  • Metastatic breast cancer is a terminal diagnosis and treatment is life long, focusing on control of the disease and quality of life.
  • Approximately 40,000 people die annually in the US from breast cancer.
  • 30% of people initially diagnosed with early stage disease will develop metastatic breast cancer, even if they successfully completed treatment for early stage cancer.
  • Early detection does not guarantee a cure.

Despite these stark realities most of the popular breast cancer fundraising organizations give less than 5% of their funds to researching metastasis. Instead, they focus on prevention & awareness, which does nothing to save lives or find a cure. Please make sure you know the organizations you are donating to and know how your money is being spent. Many metastasis researchers believe that they could render metastatic breast cancer a chronic disease, rather than a terminal one, if there was more money available to develop effective treatments. METAvivor gives 100% of all funds raised or donated to fund grants for metastatic breast cancer research. Your donation will help fund RESEARCH that could save my life! Your donation, could help save my life & allow me to be here to raise my son.

Research is the key.

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