Guest post BY DIAN “CJ” CORNELIUSSEN-JAMES
We are thrilled to share with you our latest METAvivor news: we are officially launching our 2015 Awareness Campaign Sea-to-Sea for MBC – a cross-country caravan to raise awareness of metastatic breast cancer (MBC).
Our journey across the US will include visits with METAvivor research grant recipients, laboratory visits, participation at local events, the acclaimed METAvivor photographic gallery display and the very moving Stage IV Traveling Pants. These and other activities along the way will boost momentum for the MBC cause and bring far greater MBC awareness to the American public.
WHEN AND WHERE?
Routed so that we can visit some of the many cancer research centers where METAvivor has funded MBC research, our caravan will launch late April 2015 from HQ METAvivor in Annapolis MD and continues through Philadelphia PA, State College PA, Cleveland OH, Ann Arbor MI, St Louis MO, Kansas City KS, Oklahoma City OK, Denver CO and Salt Lake City UT, ending with a grand finale in Los Angeles CA in late May.
WHO? WHY YOU, OF COURSE!
We are setting dates for lab tours now, but before we finalize our calendar we want to hear from you!
- Be a local planner! Help promote local interest by arranging a local event. The possibilities are only limited by your imagination –they can range from a dessert reception, to a church picnic, school event, cancer society meeting and more. Many local organizations, societies and clubs regularly seek interesting topics and presenters for their meetings. Ask around and you’ll find ready-made opportunities. Perhaps you can light up your City Hall, a public fountain, a local hotel or another landmark in MBC ribbon pin colors. There are many ways to be involved.
- We encourage our local contact to speak at the event, telling of his/her interest in or connection to MBC; however, this is not mandatory. The caravan team will provide a compelling, informative presentation on MBC and the METAvivor mission. We will answer questions, set up the photographic gallery and Stage IV travel pants displays, and otherwise be there for the duration of the event.
- “OK, I’m interested!! What’s next?” That’s great! Email C2CVolunteer@metavivor.org with your name, email, phone number, a brief description of the type of event you’d like to host, the event location – (name of school, clubhouse, restaurant, hall, home, etc.), the name of the organization you are working with, if any, and the number of attendees you are confident you can achieve (20 minimum – no maximum). Someone on our team will contact you with further information and to welcome you aboard.
- Be our local connection! We are looking for local liaisons to facilitate our short stay in your area. A local planning team may also serve as liaison. Email C2CVolunteer@metavivor.org if interested.
NATIONAL CAMPAIGN TEAM:
We’d also be delighted to have you join our National Campaign Team. We have a great leadership team, with Aaron Price (husband of Doris Ann Price, one of our Lead Ambassadors) at the helm. We have a wide variety of volunteer opportunities available so that you can comfortably give of your time and energy in the most appropriate way. We need people in awareness and fundraising campaign building, media, logistics and sponsorship* and donation-in-kind solicitations. If interested, please email C2CVolunteer@metavivor.org.
*Our sponsors to date are AstraZeneca and Novartis. Others are yet to be finalized. Thanks to our sponsors, every dollar raised or donated during the event will go directly into the METAvivor Research Fund.
WE LOOK FORWARD TO HEARING FROM YOU!