I became an advocate because until I was diagnosed at the age of 29, I didn’t realize that young women could get breast cancer. I also didn't know about genetic mutations associated with a high risk of developing breast cancer. I have spent the past 20 years working to raise awareness of cancer and advocating for other people so they don’t feel alone and isolated. I am proud to serve as a member of Georgetown Breast Cancer Advocates.
I was diagnosed with stage III breast cancer at the age of 30. Shortly after I turned 40, I was diagnosed with a local recurrence. I have been cancer free ever since. My identical twin sister is also a breast cancer survivor.
I am a graduate of the National Breast Cancer Coalition’s Project LEAD Program. I have a particular interest in family history and inherited breast cancer mutations; exercise and wellness; cancer survivorship; and quality of life issues.
I am a public relations and communications professional and am currently Director of Patient Advocacy at the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO). I have been active in patient advocacy and patient education since my diagnosis. I obtained my Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology, from the State University of New York at Oswego.
American Association for Cancer Research, 2015 Annual Meeting – The Role of Patient Advocates in Breast Cancer Research at Georgetown-Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center (poster)
San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium, 2015 – Patient Advocates as Partners in Breast Cancer Research at Georgetown-Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center (poster)
American Association for Cancer Research, 2016 Annual Meeting – Energizing and Educating to Bridge the Scientist-Patient Advocate Gap (poster)
I am a member of the National Breast Cancer Coalition (NBCC) and a former member of the Board of Directors of the Young Survival Coalition (YSC) and the Virginia Breast Cancer Foundation (VBCF). I also represented YSC on the Board of NBCC.