Genentech has partnered with Living Beyond Breast Cancer, Metastatic Breast Cancer Network, and Metavivor to recognize the 155,000 people in the U.S. living with metastatic breast cancer (MBC), a disease for which there currently is no cure. Faces of MBC features the emotional journey of those living with MBC and provides a forum for them to share their amazing stories of courage. For each video view $1 will be donated to MBC initiatives (up to $20,000).
Hear the story of Diane, one of the many faces of MBC. Diane saw her cancer diagnosis as an opportunity to reprioritize her life and made a dramatic life change after she was told she only had one year left to live.
This second-in-a-series video shows the importance of receiving day-to-day support from loved ones, friends and medical teams for people living with MBC. This kind of life-threatening cancer diagnosis is not just a patient's diagnosis – it is a family's diagnosis that affects everyone.
To help give a voice to those living with MBC, Living Beyond Breast Cancer, Metastatic Breast Cancer Network and Genentech collaborated in 2010 to kick-off the Faces of MBC campaign with this first video.
A mother of two and grandmother of six, Gail says her family has brought her the most joy during her seven-year fight with metastatic breast cancer. Gail tries to make every function a family affair and says the biggest thing she has learned is to stay positive and just enjoy life together.
During her 15-year journey living with metastatic breast cancer, Diane's children, ages 14 and 26, have been one of her biggest influences to keep going. Although she was once told she had only months to live, Diane has persevered to be there to see her children's milestones, including her son's junior high graduation and daughter's wedding day.
Through her three-year journey with metastatic breast cancer, 46-year-old Julie Clark has found that she feels most grateful for when she is with her family. Julie, founder of Baby Einstein wrote a children's book "You Are the Best Medicine" to remind children how important their support is during a time when their optimism and love are most needed.
Diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer at age 24, Elizabeth, now 31, wants people to know breast cancer doesn't just mean your breast – her cancer has spread to other parts of her body. Elizabeth says she couldn't do this alone and credits the amazing support she receives from her family and friends on a daily basis as motivation to keep fighting.
Marilyn has been living with metastatic breast cancer for six years and when she was diagnosed at age 70, decided to fulfill one of her life dreams and taught herself to play the organ. Marilyn says when she is playing the organ, she feels like her cancer no longer exists.