Union County Freeholder Chair Bette Jane Kowalski, Vice Chairman Alexander Mirabella and Freeholder Kimberly Palmieri-Mouded present resolutions to Tami Eagle-Bowling and Lauren O’Brien, both of Scotch Plains, recognizing them for founding METAvivors of NJ as an active response for stage 4 metastatic breast cancer patients. They were joined by volunteer Kathleen Murray of Cranford.
May 2019 is National Cancer Research Month and May 12-19 is National Women’s Health Week. Breast cancer is the most common type of cancer among women in the United States, and second leading cause of death.
They founded the METAvivors of NJ Facebook group in April 2019 to centralize metastatic breast cancer information, action and advocacy relevant to New Jersey communities.
National METAvivor organization educates the public about metastatic breast cancer and lack of funding for stage 4 treatment. They aim to dramatically increase that current percentage of research dollars from under 5 percent to 30 percent. The national campaign for this initiative on social media falls under hashtag #Don’tIgnoreStageIV.”
The advocacy group for metastatic breast cancer specific to NJ communities was launched right on time for National Cancer Research Month. For more information visit the METAvivors Of NJ Facebook page.
(Photo by Jim Lowney/County of Union)