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Thank you for visiting my page! I am the proud captain of team “MBC Team Kelly Fights Like A Girl”
Our team (originally “thought this was rum for the cure”) started in 2018 just a few months after I finished treatment for stage 2b breast cancer. This is our 3rd year participating (we missed last year for several reasons) but we are back and committed to raising funds and awareness for metastatic breast cancer.
My story: My name is Kelly and in December 2017 I was diagnosed with breast cancer. I spent most of 2018 in active treatment, which consisted of surgery and chemotherapy. I was thrilled when I finished treatment and thought that cancer would be a short chapter in my life. Unfortunately, my “cancer free” joy was short lived. In March of 2020, shortly after confirmation of a local recurrence, I found out the cancer had metastasized to my liver and last month we found a new growth (met) in my lung. I have metastatic breast cancer and will spend the rest of my life in cancer treatment.
About Metastatic Breast Cancer (MBC): 20-30% of those with breast cancer will have it metastasize. MBC= stage IV and is incurable and people with MBC will be in treatment for the rest of their life. Treatments for MBC are only temporarily effective as the cancer will eventually out smart the meds and mutate to grow despite treatment. When this occurs, persons with MBC will start a new drug/treatment and hope this one lasts longer. The unfortunate reality is there are only so many treatment options available- too few in my opinion, and when we run out, nothing more can be done. The most recent stats (from 2018) state that only 22% of us will be alive after 5 years, with a median survival rate of 3 years. Although new meds are being developed that are helping us live longer, we are in desperate need of more MBC research and treatments!
Our team is committed to MBC research and education and therefore we have changed our team’s name and are directing all funds raised to the Metastatic Breast Cancer Fund, which will fund MBC specific research. Stage IV needs more and with your support we can help people with MBC live longer and hopefully, one day find a cure!
***Did you know that just $100 could fund two hours of life-saving research in a world class laboratory? Your contribution could lead to the next breakthrough!
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