With a $100,000 gift from Musa Mayer, a breast cancer advocate and author, SHARE has established the SHARE Fund for Metastatic Breast Cancer. Mayer made the gift in honor of Anne Grant, who died last July of metastatic disease.
"I've known Anne Grant for as long as I've been involved with SHARE, now over 20 years. To me, Anne's tenacity, her loyalty, the quiet but effective way she challenged the status quo, embodied the best in SHARE advocates," wrote Mayer.
"When Anne died, I wanted to establish a fund in her memory, to ensure that the services SHARE offers to metastatic patients and their families will continue and expand. We have lost so many wonderful SHARE advocates over the years that I suggested broadening the name of this fund and encourage others who believe in this important work to donate in the memory of those they loved," wrote Mayer.
Under the leadership of Breast Cancer Program Director Christine Benjamin, SHARE has emerged as a national leader in its work to support women facing metastatic breast cancer. Last year alone, we reached over 7,000 women and their families.
But there are still so many women facing this disease who need support and information. Approximately 155,000 women in the United States are living with metastatic breast cancer today, and every year approximately 40,000 women die from the disease.
The SHARE Fund for Metastatic Breast Cancer will focus on expanding all of SHARE's services to this population, including teleconference support groups that bring women with this disease together in supportive virtual communities; educational webinars that feature cutting-edge information by top doctors and researchers; and a peer-led helpline that allows patients to speak one-on-one with a volunteer specially trained to offer support and provide resources. The fund will also help us to enhance SHARE's peer volunteer base to reach women and families in underserved communities and develop and distribute online information and content in English and Spanish about the disease and the experience of living with it.
We are so grateful to Musa Mayer for her generous gift, which will make this work possible, and for honoring Anne Grant, whom we miss tremendously.