I cannot stop thinking about my dear friend and Maplewood resident, Monica Zealand Hill, who passed away on April 16 from metastatic breast cancer at the age of 35. She founded the #BeBoldandBehold platform and raised over $350k for MBC research during the 22 months she lived with this disease. She was an inspiration to many, and a loving wife, mom and advocate. I hope her 3-year-old daughter feels her mother’s love from heaven this Mother’s Day and always.
May is National Cancer Research Month. Please help me educate the public. One-hundred-and-fifteen people are dying every day of MBC. That’s over 40,000 women a year. It is a fact that approximately 30% of women with early stage breast cancer will later develop to stage IV. That is why the current percentage of U.S. breast cancer research dollars for stage IV treatment needs to be increased from less that 5% to 30%.
I established a new Facebook group, METAvivors of NJ, a local chapter of METAvivor Research & Support, in memory of Monica Zealand Hill and all the women who have been taken too soon from MBC. Please encourage your community of neighbors, family and friends who want to champion the cause to find us on FB so that we can collectively take action to make MBC a chronic illness instead of a deadly one. #DontIgnoreStageIV