Barbara has had breast cancer for over 20 years, the last 8 as metastatic. Initially ER+, she mutated to Triple Negative MBC. A vocal advocate for patient research, she herself was in a clinical trial for immunotherapy that landed her in the hospital for 2 months, relearning how to walk and swallow while undergoing dialysis. Along the way she has also survived lung cancer and melanoma. Today she is the Vice President of Metavivor, committed to raising money to fund metastatic breast cancer research. She also blogs about her experiences using humor to inspire hope for others at The Cancer Chronicles. There she shares her love of Lucy, Calvin and Hobbes and The Life of Pi.
Barbara is a School Psychologist and has worked with adolescents for years. Happily married for 40 years, she is Mom to 2 adult daughters and Grammy to a 2 year old grandson.
You may recognize her from the registration desk at the DC Stampede, the 2018 Elements Campaign with her daughter Bridget for #thisismbc, the Count Me In video for the MBC Project, driving the Metavivor RV around New England for 6 weeks, live streaming from LLBC and SABCS or walking the runway in New York Fashion Week 2019 (#notjustone) and The Runway for Recovery 2022 with her daughters. She has also been a Celebrity Bartender and worked out with Booty by Brabants to raise research funds totaling $100,000.
WHAT I'M WORKING ON
METAvivor exists to sustain hope for those living with stage 4 metastatic breast cancer (MBC). We are a volunteer-led, non-profit organization that funds vital research to help improve the longevity and quality of life for MBC patients. Passionately committed patients ourselves, we rally public attention to the urgent needs of the MBC community.Link to program