Discover the true impact of an involved individual and Lucy's selfless mission to raise metastatic breast cancer funding. More than 90% of cancer deaths are from metastasis and only 1% of the research funding is focused there. Help change the numbers!
John Stanovick, Lucy's husband, speaks at 2012 Party4Life 2012on the need for increased attention on metastatic research.
Lucy Stanovick, Founder of The Lucy Fund and the Annual Party4Life Celebration, talks about metastatic breast cancer at the 2011 Party4Life.
NFCR COO Dr. Sujuan Ba, spotlights Lucy's courage, and personally vows, at the 2012 Party4life, to carry on Lucy's legacy by making it her lifelong mission to make metastatic cancer chronic, not deadly.
Local Channel 13 News covers Party4Life
Lucy Stanovick was a wife, mother of two and Associate Professor at East Stroudsburg University in East Stroudsburg, PA. After her diagnosis, she sought out leading researchers in metastasis where she found Danny Welch, Director of the NFCR Center for Metastasis Research. She motivated her community, and with grass roots support she raised more than $200,000 to fund metastatic breast cancer research.
Lucy spread awareness about metastatic cancers through multiple TV interviews, press articles and speeches. Lucy has touched countless lives, including those that will be saved. Thanks to Lucy's efforts and leadership, everyone she encountered was changed for the better, including the entire team at the National Foundation for Cancer Research.
"We are so saddened that we have lost Lucy - she is already missed. Lucy's passion, her spirit, her caring, and her fight live on. Lucy's courage in her battle against cancer and her ability to take actions to make a difference for others touches all of us profoundly. I vow to keep her spirit and her fight on. We will not give up," said Sujuan Ba, Ph.D., Chief Operating Officer at the National Foundation for Cancer Research.
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Read more about Lucy's battle against caner on her blog: www.caringbridge.org/visit/lucystanovick.
Funding research to make metastatic breast cancer CHRONIC, not DEADLY.
About Metastatic Breast Cancer
From the Metastatic Breast Cancer Network website:
Metastatic breast cancer, also known as mbc, stage IV or Advanced Breast Cancer, is cancer that has spread beyond the breast and lymph nodes under the arm. The most common sites of metastases are the bones, lungs, liver and brain.
No one dies from breast cancer that remains in the breast. The lump itself is not what kills. The spread of cancerous cells to a vital organ is what kills. This is called metastasis. A diagnosis of mbc means you are on treatment forever... and that is a good thing. We stay on a treatment for as long as it works. When the cancer cell learns to outsmart the treatment drug, the treatment then fails us and we try another treatment. There is always anxiety connected with a new treatment. Will it work? What are the side effects? What happens if this treatment fails me? Will there be a next treatment available?
The fact is that more than 90% of cancer mortalities are due to cancer that has metastasized. Yet very little research, less than 1%, has been conducted on the mechanisms of metastasis and ways to minimize or prevent this occurrence.