Community Advocates

In order to stay up to date on latest treatments, drug discovery, clinical studies and how to cope with late-stage breast cancer every day, AdvancedBreastCancer.net brings you frequent articles, points-of-view, and advice from leading patient advocates and experts.

Current Advocates

Melissa Berry

Melissa Berry is a 6 year Triple Negative Breast Cancer survivor and Founder of CancerFashionista.com. She is a breast cancer thriver, recipient of the 2019 YWCA Beacon of Light Award, a Power Ambassador for The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation (Greater NYC), Triple Negative Breast Cancer Foundation’s 2016 Courage Award, veteran fashion/beauty publicist, professional speaker and consultant. Read more.

Janice Cowden

Janice Cowden is a passionate patient advocate living with metastatic triple-negative breast cancer since 2016. She feels very fortunate to have No Evidence of Disease after having a complete response to her first line of treatment in 2016. As such, she is considered an exceptional responder. Read more.

Kate Crawford

Kate lives south of Pittsburgh, PA with her husband Steve, twin daughters, and son. Kate shares openly about her struggles with life & motherhood- from grieving the loss of her first daughter to facing a terminal diagnosis of Stage IV Breast Cancer at 28 and all the fun and chaotic mommy moments in between. Read more.

Maxine Devereaux

Since then I've made it my mission to reach the world one breast at a time. I've written two books: My Last Breast and the Power and Grace of 50, a tip book for breast cancer patients and caregivers. I've also created an inspirational Greeting Card Line to Inspire Cancer Patients. Read more.

Claie Gawinowicz

Claire was diagnosed with breast cancer in March 2019 and is currently receiving treatment. Claire lives and writes in Oreland. PA, with her husband of 37 years. Now retired after many varied and successful careers, she considers her greatest success in life her two young adult children who bring her joy every day. Read more.

Tori Geib

Tori Geib was diagnosed in 2016 with Metastatic Breast Cancer (DeNovo), soon after her 30th birthday. At the time she was diagnosed, Tori worked as an Assistant Sous Chef at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center and as Food and Beverage Manager at Mad River Mountain Ski Resort. Tori is currently being treated at Stefanie Spielman Breast Center in Columbus, Ohio. Read more.

Claudia Munoz Gonzalez

Claudia was born in Colombia, South America where she grew up surrounded by her parents, brother, sister and a numerous close-knit extended family that include more than 20 aunts and uncles and needless to say about 100 cousins. Read more.

Linda Holden

Linda is a caregiver for her husband Bob. Bob was diagnosed with MBC de novo in January 2003. Bob had gone to the Doctor because he had a lump in his breast. Because it is rare in males to get BC they didn’t do a biopsy. After his clavicle fractured for the second time for no apparent reason he was diagnosed with MBC. Bob has been permanently disabled since his diagnosis. At the time of Bob’s diagnosis Bob was given 24-30 months to live. Read more.

Lara Huffman

Lara Huffman is a writer, photographer, and advocate living with Metastatic Breast Cancer since 2020. Her mother died of metastatic breast cancer when Lara was 7 years old. Initially diagnosed with stage 1 breast cancer in 2010. Read more.

Joel Hughes

Joel Hughes is the director of Rebekah’s Hope. He is the author of HELP Someone I Love Has Cancer, In Your Corner, and EPIC Hope. Joel is also the executive director of the feature documentary, A Brave Hope. Read more.

Rebekah Hughes

Rebekah Hughes is a cancer warrior surviving through Stage 1 breast cancer and surviving with Stage 4 metastatic cancer. Rebekah is the co-founder of Rebekah’s Hope and the star of the feature documentary, A Brave Hope. Read more.

Gloria James

My name is Gloria James. In January of 2000, I was diagnosed with Inflammatory Breast Cancer (IBC). Twenty years ago, there was very little information available about the disease, except that it was extremely aggressive, that it was usually diagnosed in late Stage III, and that the prognosis was poor. Read more.

Abigil Johnston

Abigail is a daughter, mother, wife, and attorney who was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer in June of 2017, close on the heels of a early stage diagnosis in March of 2017. In reality, the breast cancer had already spread to Abigail's bones before she felt the lump in her breast. Read more.

Sarah Kelly

Sarah Kelly is a stage 3, Triple Negative Breast Cancer. Sarah was 36 years old had recently gotten married, had a 14 month old and was 32 weeks pregnant when she was diagnosed. After 2 rounds of chemo, Sarah was induced, delivering her daughter on Monday and having her 3rd round of chemo that Friday, she calls that her Warrior Week! Read more.

Julie Lanford

Julie Lanford MPH, RD, CSO, LDN, is the Wellness Director for Cancer Services, a non-profit in Winston-Salem, NC. She is a registered dietitian, licensed nutritionist and board certified specialist in oncology nutrition with over 10 years experience working in oncology. Read more.

Amy Ellen Parliman

Amy Ellen Parliman lives life by faith and enjoys spreading kindness. She has a passion for serving her community thru her career in healthcare. 25 years ago, she went to school to become a radiology technologist. She enjoys performing diagnostic imaging on her patients, she prides herself in safe and quality care. About 10 years ago she became a leader in her field and has moved into a leadership role in the Diagnostic Imaging Department. Read more.

Susan Rahn

Susan is a respected advocate in the breast cancer community. Currently, she is the President of METUP, a grassroots non-profit organization dedicated to changing the landscape of MBC. She was an Editor/Writer/Publisher and one of the co-founders of The Underbelly, an online magazine for all stages of breast cancer. Read more.

Rod Ritchie

Rod Ritchie is a Sydney-born writer, internet publisher, and breast cancer patient advocate. I am a regular poster on Twitter @malefitness and contribute to various closed breast and prostate cancer Facebook pages. Read more.

Leah Robert

Leah Robert has always had a passion for health and wellness, which lead her into her career as an oncology nurse. Her passion and expertise in helping cancer patients was reinforced when her sister Sarah was diagnosed with Stage 3 breast cancer. Read more.

Andrew Silver

Andrew Silver is a writer whose life has been changed by metastatic breast cancer twice: once as a fifteen-year-old, when his mother, Linda, died of metastatic breast cancer at 43, two years after diagnosis, and once as a fifty-year-old, when his wife, Anya, died of metastatic breast cancer at 49, fourteen years after diagnosis. Read more.

April Sterns

April Stearns was diagnosed at 35 years old with Stage 3 breast cancer that she found while breastfeeding her daughter. Four years later, while struggling to “go back to normal” and find other women in similar circumstances, April launched Wildfire Magazine. Read more.

Vicki Thompson

Vicki Thompson spent the last 20 years as a photojournalist in Silicon Valley. While photographing big tech was not her dream career, she was paying her dues and amassing an impressive portfolio. Read more.

Danielle Thurston

Danielle Thurston is a metastatic breast cancer thriver, first diagnosed with stage II triple negative breast cancer in 2017 at age 33 after the birth of her third baby. In 2019 she found out the cancer had returned, this time in her lung and with it, a stage IV diagnosis at age 35. Read more.

Celeste Vaughan-Briggs

Celeste Vaughan-Briggs, LSCW has more than 25 years of social-work experience and now serves as Manager of the Free Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening Program at Thomas Jefferson University’s (Jefferson’s) Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center in Philadelphia. Read more.

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