We are very appreciative to our Metastatic Trial Talk Ambassadors for their ongoing support, feedback, and willingness to distribute MTT through their personal and social media networks.
Jennifer Campisano – Jen is a six-year breast cancer survivor, though she still struggles with that term. At 32, she was mistakenly diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer. She was treated for metastatic breast cancer for four-and-a-half years before her doctors concluded that she was in remission and had been exhibiting an autoimmune disease rather than metastases. She will always be a staunch ally to patients living with metastatic disease. A lawyer and former lobbyist before the federal government, Jen writes about motherhood, policy, and cancer at www.boobyandthebeast.com.
Diane Fine – Diane became an advocate during the period she was the primary caretaker of her close friend. Sadly, she died after living with MBC for 16 months.
Linda Holden – I became an advocate for Metastatic Breast Cancer and Male Breast Cancer after my husband Bob was diagnosed de novo in January 2003. I have been Bob’s caregiver for fifteen years. I volunteer with the “Male Breast Cancer Coalition,” a patient advocacy organization that is working to educate that men have breasts too. We connect men living with breast cancer together so they don’t feel alone. I also volunteer with the “American Cancer Society – Cancer Action Network.” I have traveled to my state capital (Sacramento) and the nation’s capital, each three times, to meet with our representatives and lobby for cancer-related bills. I attended the “National Breast Cancer Coalition’s” Project LEAD program in July 2017, an incredible program that gave me a background in the science of breast cancer so I can be a better advocate. I attended my first San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium in 2017 on an Alamo Breast Cancer Foundation Scholarship. I am a Northern California native and live with my husband, Bob, our dogs, Bailey and Gracie, and our cat, Ellie.
Marian Johnson-Thompson – Marian Johnson-Thompson, Ph.D., is Professor Emerita of Biology and Environmental Sciences, University of the District of Columbia (UDC), where she worked for 23 years, Adjunct Professor, Maternal and Child Health, School of Public Health, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a Komen Scholar. As a cancer researcher, microbiologist and higher education professional, Dr. Johnson-Thompson began her career at UDC. There, she was engaged in teaching and headed a modest breast cancer research laboratory addressing the mechanism of multidrug resistance in breast cancer cells. Collaborating with investigators at the National Cancer Institute and Georgetown University where she was Adjunct Professor in the Pharmacology Department, she trained a significant cohort of undergraduate students who went on to pursue graduate and professional degrees in the biomedical sciences. Following UDC, she joined the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), National Institutes of Health (NIH), where she retired after 16 years as Director of Education and Biomedical Research Development. In this position, she was responsible for developing training and mentoring programs to ensure opportunities for underserved populations and women which included attention to health disparities policies, particularly breast cancer disparities. A long-time advocate for health equity, she is frequently invited to address issues of science equity, health disparities and environmental justice, Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) and mentoring issues and human subjects protection – Dr. Johnson-Thompson was NIEHS IRB Chair for 8 years and a member for 14 years. An avid Komen supporter since 2000, she has participated in many Komen national and local programs and events, and she has been part of the Komen’s Advocate Advisory Task Force since 2014. Dr. Johnson-Thompson’s role as a mentor has been recognized by many awards. In 2009, she received the Outstanding Alumni Achievement Award from Howard and is featured as a Science History Maker, an online repository of outstanding African American contributors, housed at the Library of Congress. This year, she was the subject of an entire chapter in “Women in Microbiology,” where the author wrote that Dr. Johnson-Thompson’s “life’s work has directly and indirectly led to the production of female scientists in academia, industry, and government, and her contribution to the pipeline continues to grow exponentially.” She earned the BS and MS degrees in Microbiology from Howard University and the PhD in Molecular Virology from Georgetown University, Microbiology Department, School of Medicine.
Natalia Padrón Frías – Hello, my name is Natalia and I am from Kissimmee, Florida. I am a 52 years old, single mother of 2 girls and one boy, living with Breast Cancer since 2013 which spread to my ovaries in 2015, and I have the honor to be one of the ambassadors for this program. I am a Living Beyond Breast Cancer advocate focused on education for the Hispanic community and I graduated in the Hear My Voice Class of 2017 and that was when my life changed. I never realized how lonely is to live with MBC until I had the courage to meet the LBBC community and all the amazing people who are part of it. Ever since then, I have been raising my voice for the Hispanic community, I am part of other amazing support groups, I have met the most wonderful metsisters and I have learned that no one should go through this alone. We need to support each other because we all speak the same language, THE CANCER LANGUAGE and no one will understand us better than us. Like all of you, I want to LIVE, but I have seen too many of us gone so fast during these months and I came to terms with my own mortality, so if I don’t make it, I want my life to inspire others. I want to make their lives with cancer easier. I want to be their voice while I’m still alive and being part of LBBC helped me to find my inner voice, the voice of all them who had gone too soon. So help me to spread the message. Join me and make all our voices to be heard. Let’s share stories, tears, tips, anything and everything that help those who come behind. Mi Casa es su casa! Thank you for allowing me to be your ambassador.