Musa Mayer: Research Advocate

Musa Mayer 40 for 40

When and how did you get involved with SHARE?

I first met SHARE advocates at the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium in 1997, and realized immediately that I had found fellow advocates whose interest in breast cancer research matched mine. After I graduated from Project LEAD in 2000, I joined SHARELeaders, that group of trained advocates who met monthly to discuss emerging science and research issues, led by Helen Schiff, with whom I still work, nearly 20 years later!

What have you done for SHARE? (or: In what ways have you been involved with SHARE?)

Aside from helping with SHARELeaders, which continues to meet regularly, I have done many presentations reporting back from the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium and the ASCO annual meetings (American Society of Clinical Oncology), and from the Advanced Breast Cancer International Consensus Conferences. Based on surveys I've done, I have done staff education at SHARE regarding the needs of metastatic breast cancer patients. I continue to jointly serve, with SHARE staff, as a founding member of the Metastatic Breast Cancer Alliance.

When Alice Yaker left SHARE as executive director, I was asked to represent the SHARE advocates on the search committee that ultimately chose Jackie Reinhard as her successor.

My husband and I are happy to contribute each year to SHARE's important work by purchasing a table at A Second Helping of Life, the annual chefs' event that is our favorite charity gathering.

How has SHARE helped you?

As an independent research advocate, SHARE has given me a "home base," a community of like-minded advocates with whom I can share ideas and seek support.

What is your 40th anniversary wish for SHARE?

SHARE has my fondest wishes for another 40 years and more of offering free support and information to women with breast and ovarian cancers.

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