METAvivor is a volunteer-led, nonprofit organization that funds vital research to help improve the longevity and quality of life for metastatic breast cancer (MBC) patients. It is the only …
METAvivor is a volunteer-led, nonprofit organization that funds vital research to help improve the longevity and quality of life for metastatic breast cancer (MBC) patients. It is the only organization in the United States that exclusively funds MBC research through a scientific peer-review process. Led by MBC patients, METAvivor works to direct public attention to the urgent needs of the MBC community, help patients find strength through support and purpose and make every dollar count when it comes to research to extend and improve quality of life for MBC patients.
METAvivor’s mission is to transition MBC from a terminal diagnosis to a chronic, manageable disease with a decent quality of life.
Each year, 200,000 Americans are diagnosed with breast cancer. Six to 10 percent of these diagnoses are metastatic, or Stage IV, and approximately another 30 percent of breast cancer patients develop metastatic breast cancer. Therefore, the organization believes that at least 30 percent of the funds given to breast cancer organizations should be dedicated to metastatic breast cancer.
METAvivor understands that a community of support is one of the most basic needs for anyone facing metastatic cancer. The organization began as a support group in Annapolis, MD. Although it has evolved to focus primarily on public awareness and raising funds for MBC research, METAvivor encourages people living with MBC to establish support programs in their own communities. METAVivor has a Peer-to-Peer Support Group leader webinar class. A map view of where support groups are available, and the link to the webinar to learn to create your own, can be found at www.www.metavivor.org/support/peer-to-peer-support-groups.
METAvivor is led by a small staff and volunteers, most of whom are living with metastatic breast cancer. The organization works to obtain grants and corporate sponsors to support its operational expenses. This allows donations to be entirely dedicated to research grants that fund the cutting-edge results that can save lives. Unless otherwise specified by the donor, 100 percent of every donation and 100 percent of proceeds from every fundraiser (after event expenses) goes into research grants.
For more information and to support, visit www.metavivor.org.