Jersi Baker

Angela “Jersi” Baker was born and raised in northern New Jersey and now resides in Charlotte, North Carolina. She is the mother of one son, who is the light of her world. She was diagnosed with DCIS in 2003 and underwent a full mastectomy and reconstruction. In 2011, Jersi became metastatic and in 2021, she learned she had central nervous system metastasis. In 2015, Jersi founded a nonprofit organization named Angel in Disguise Inc. She considers Angel in Disguise Inc. her greatest accomplishment.

 

Katia Francisco

Katia Francisco, originally from Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic and now living in Brooklyn, NY was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2013. In 2015 the cancer metastasized to her brain and she has been living with brain metastasis since then. Prior to her cancer diagnosis, she was a home healthcare agent and a great mom to 2 children.

Katia Francisco, originaria de Santo Domingo, República Dominicana y que ahora vive en Brooklyn, Nueva York, fue diagnosticada con cáncer de seno en 2013. En 2015 el cáncer mestatizó en su cerebro y ha estado viviendo con cáncer de cerebro metastásico desde entonces. Antes de su diagnóstico de cáncer, fue agente de atención médica domiciliaria y una gran madre para 2 hijos.

 

Flori Hendron

Flori Hendron is an artist and designer who was originally diagnosed with breast cancer in 1996, and metastatic breast cancer (MBC) in 2007. Flori developed an art program at Cedars-Sinai Hospital through their Survivorship Program, Expressions of Hope & Healing©, as a safe space for cancer survivors to reflect on their journey and connect with healing through the art expression process. Flori’s personal goals are clear: to make clinical trials less restrictive for the MBC community, especially for people living with active brain metastasis and/or leptomeningeal disease.

 

Lianne Kraemer

Lianne Kraemer was a Pediatric Speech Language Pathologist before her stage 2 breast cancer diagnosis at age 37. Despite receiving aggressive treatment, her cancer returned as stage IV MBC at age 39. Lianne’s initial metastatic diagnosis was that of brain metastases only. Her medical team has utilized systemic therapies and radiation to manage her disease. Lianne’s experience living with active and progressing brain metastases and participating in multiple clinical trials has made her passionate about increasing patient participation and access to clinical trials.

 

Joan Mancuso

Joan Mancuso has been living with metastatic breast cancer since 2007, having been originally diagnosed with early stage breast cancer in 2003. She was diagnosed with brain metastasis in 2008. For over a decade, Joan has been involved in many breast cancer projects. She has been a member of the planning committee for the Metastatic Breast Cancer Research Conference’s annual meeting as well as an advocate member of the Translational Breast Cancer Research Consortium with Abramson Cancer Center, University of Pennsylvania. Through SHARE Joan has been interviewed on talk radio to raise MBC awareness during Breast Cancer Awareness Month. She is currently an advocate member of ASCO and a member of their TAPUR Publications Group. Joan was recently invited by ASCO to assist in developing guidelines for biosimilars. She is a consumer reviewer for the Department of Defense Breast Cancer Research Program and has been an advocate on many scientific grant proposals at major cancer centers. Joan stepped down from employment in 2009. She was a special reports editor on a news desk for financial news.

 

Julia Maués

Julia was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2013 while pregnant with her son, and scans following his birth showed it had already metastasized to her brain, liver, and bones. After many setbacks, the cancer started responding to treatment, and Julia has made it her life’s mission to use her bonus time to make cancer research more patient-centered, innovative, and inclusive.

 

Terlisa Sheppard

Terlisa Sheppard is a 4-time breast cancer survivor of 23 years.  She was originally diagnosed in November 1998, with stage 3 HER2+, ER+, PR+, breast cancer at 31 years old, and while 8 ½ months pregnant.  She has been living with stage IV metastatic breast cancer for 20 years and has metastases to her bones, lungs, liver, spine, abdomen, and brain.  

 

Reilly Starr

Reilly Starr was diagnosed with MBC in January of 2019. In addition to more than 20 years of public relations and communications for major corporations and law firms, she also founded her own businesses that focused on empowering women and children.

 

 

Lynda Weatherby

Lynda Weatherby is an MBC patient whose advocacy work includes co-founding the Northwest Metastatic Breast Cancer Conference as well as the MBC Patient Advisory Group to Komen HQ. Lynda was first diagnosed with “Stage 0” DCIS in 2001; after a bilateral mastectomy she was told she had a 2-3% risk of recurrence, but in 2013 her cancer roared back with metastasis to her bones, brain, and a life-threatening tumor to a major facial nerve. Lynda is doing well today after two Gamma Knife SRS treatments and ongoing hormonal therapies. She remains deeply grateful for life-saving interventions and care from her team at Seattle Cancer Care Alliance.