This is the second post in my series on my forthcoming e-book Stones in the Road: Poems of Grief and Growth. If you’re new here, you may wish to start at the beginning.
I hope this post finds you well. Carrying on from where I left off last week, I’m going to talk a little about my reasons for choosing METAvivor as the cause supported by Stones in the Road.
Until a couple of years ago, I was none the wiser about the specifics of breast cancer. Back then, I was regularly writing for my other blog, Navigating Cyberloss. It was a ‘mission’ of sorts to raise awareness of this issue – for a while, I really felt I was the only person talking about it.
Then, I read about the death of Rachel Cheetham Moro, by way of blogger and breast cancer activist Nancy Stordahl.
It was a bitter light-bulb moment, in which I finally appreciated the seemingly abrupt turn of events which led to Chris losing her life. Breast cancer, when it remains localised, does not kill, except in rare circumstances. It is only when the disease spreads (metastasises) that it becomes ultimately fatal.
In the US, 30% of breast cancer patients will progress to Stage IV disease. Only 2% of research funding is spent on stage IV disease, which is dismal when you consider that it claims 40,000 lives annually. In the UK, the picture is somewhat different. 5% of patients progress to stage IV, and yet the disease claims 12,000 lives annually.
METAvivor are the only organisation directing 100% of their funding towards stage IV breast cancer research. Their stated aim is to reach a point where metastatic breast cancer is a chronic disease. I can think of no better way to donate money to breast cancer research.
Thank you for taking the time to hear me out on why I have not gone down the ‘typical’ route of raising money for the well-known breast cancer charities. I look forward to sharing Stones in the Road with you next week.