Understanding Stage IV: A Luncheon on Metastatic Breast Cancer | #ThrivingTogether

Susan G. Komen ® North Carolina Triangle to the Coast to host Luncheon in support of those living with Stage IV/Metastatic Breast Cancer in Wilson, NC

Raleigh, N.C. (May 23, 2019) ­—  To help support those living with metastatic breast cancer, Susan G. Komen ® North Carolina Triangle to the Coast (Komen NCTC) will host, “Understanding Stage IV: A Luncheon on Metastatic Breast Cancer,” on Thursday, June 13, 2019, from 11:15 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Barton College in Wilson.

Metastatic breast cancer (MBC) is breast cancer that has spread beyond the breast to other parts of the body. As the most advanced stage of breast cancer–­also known as Stage IV–MBC causes nearly all of the breast cancer deaths each year in the U.S.

“We know that metastatic breast cancer places significant stress on those living with the incurable disease, with many spending half of their time on things related to cancer,” shared Pam Kohl, executive director at Komen NCTC. “We aim to increase understanding of the significant impact of metastatic breast cancer and help women and men living with this disease, and the people around them, thrive together.”

The event, which will bring the local MBC community together to share information and provide support, will also serve as a forum dedicated to the care, learning and sharing among thrivers – those living with MBC, caregivers, co-thrivers, advocates, clinicians, and community partners.

“Komen North Carolina Triangle to the Coast is offering a wonderful opportunity for Wilson, and throughout the planning phase, they have worked collaboratively with our local partners to offer an event that is specifically designed and reflective of the Wilson community,” said Paula Benson, executive director at Wilson Forward, adding, “Wilson’s incidence rates, death rates, and late-stage detection rates for female breast cancer are significantly higher that the state average, and over the past several months, Komen has strengthened our understanding of MBC.”

Susan G. Komen ® NC Triangle to the Coast is committed to changing the unacceptable reality that more than 42,000 people in the U.S. are expected to die of breast cancer every year. “Our goal at Komen is a bold one – to reduce breast cancer deaths in the U.S. by 50% by 2026. We won’t stop until breast cancer does,” added Kohl.

Joining the event with Komen NCTC and Wilson Forward are a number of local community organizations, including: Area L AHEC, Healthcare Foundation of Wilson, North Carolina Community Foundation, United Way of Wilson County, Wilson County Department of Social Services, Wilson County Health Department, and Wilson Medical Center. Support for the event is provided by Pfizer, Inc. and Lilly Oncology.

“We know this event will offer a meaningful opportunity for those who are living with metastatic breast cancer to build connections and engage with clinicians, researchers, survivors, and thrivers,” said Benson.

Tickets for the luncheon event are $5 per person. Doors open at 10:30 a.m. for registration and lunch service. For more information and to register for the event, please visit www.komennctc.org/wilson-mbc or call (919) 493-2873.

Note: The term “thriver” is used in the MBC community to differentiate from a breast cancer survivor. Survivor can imply that cancer is cured and an individual is no longer living with the disease. Those with MBC live with their cancer but can be thriving.

About Susan G. Komen® and Komen North Carolina Triangle to the Coast

Susan G. Komen is the world’s largest breast cancer organization, funding more breast cancer research than any other nonprofit while providing real-time help to those facing the disease. Komen has set a Bold Goal to reduce the current number of breast cancer deaths by 50 percent in the U.S. by 2026. Komen was founded in 1982 by Nancy G. Brinker, who promised her sister, Susan G. Komen, that she would end the disease that claimed Suzy’s life.

To better the lives of those facing breast cancer in the local community, Komen NC Triangle to the Coast has invested more than $14 million in community breast health programs in its 29-county service area, and has helped contribute over $5 million to the more than $988 million invested globally in research

For more information, call (919) 493-2873 or email Lolita Smith-Moore, Community Health Program Manager.

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CONTACT:    Krista Park Berry, Communications & Marketing Manager
919-810-4511 | kparkberry@komennctc.org