Following Breast Cancer Awareness Month, I’d like to give some thanks to some of the people and organizations in our wonderful community.

Many thanks to The Daily Astorian, whose staff and management have been so willing and open to shining a spotlight on Metastatic Breast Cancer (MBC), the incurable breast cancer. Our newspaper went above and beyond, with coverage highlighting the need for more research funding to find a cure. We all now know we will not cure breast cancer until we cure MBC.

To the Astoria High School women’s soccer team: Putting on your #pinkisnotacure T-shirts and spreading awareness of the plight of 30 percent of breast cancer patients really rocked my world. Social media has spread that amazing photograph around, and the feedback and kudos have been amazing.

Special thanks to Kelsey and Adrienne Hunter for spearheading a different kind of awareness, and also fundraising for Metavivor, an organization dedicating 100 percent of funds to MBC research grants.

To Zetty Nemlowill and the Astoria Co-op’s “Beers to your Health” lecture series: Thank you for allowing and encouraging me to talk about an uncomfortable subject to a wonderful crowd as part of this lecture series.

Thank you to Columbia Memorial Hospital for asking me to tell my own story at their annual Astoria Column Pink Out event. Our community, hospital, and Cancer Care Center have been so supportive of my efforts to bring awareness to some of the realities of breast cancer.

Last but not least — probably most — thanks to Libby DiBartolomeo for organizing the Astoria Die-in for Metastatic Breast Cancer as her senior project. Her passion and ongoing fundraising for Metavivor have been awe-inspiring. The Die-in was one of several that took place across the U.S. on Oct. 13, including on the west lawn of the Capital in Washington, DC.

The brainchild of, a new activist organization whose members are mostly MBC patients themselves, these events have netted awareness to all, but especially to our federal legislators on the committee for cancer research funding. We might see amazing changes in allocations towards MBC research as a result. Our small community is part of something much larger, thanks to Libby’s hard work.

Laura Snyder


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