Sarah Merchant

Patient Leader

I was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer almost 4 years ago at the age of 28. I have made it my mission to help others feel less hopeless due to a stage IV diagnosis. I have attended conferences and training seminars to further understand the science behind cancer and evidence based healthcare. After volunteering for multiple breast cancer help lines and being matched with other women newly diagnosed I decided to take things a step further and start my own volunteer run non profit. Beyond Stage 4 is a nonprofit that raised funds for metastatic breast cancer research, educating women to advocate for the best health care, and educating the public on the importance of raising funds for metastatic breast cancer research. Our nonprofit cooperates with other charities that have the same goal that we do, so we can make sure that the funds we raise really will make a difference. After attending Project LEAD institute, sposored by NBCC, I have made it my goal to advocate for pacients at an even higher level. I am hoping to become a peer reviewer for the Department of Defense to help us to better allocate our breast cancer research funds to the most promising research. Much like NBCC, my goal is that we find a cure before 2020, and that breast cancer will be a mere memory.

Nominations

Hilarious Health Activist Best in Show: Blog Health Activist Hero Rookie of the Year

This young metastatic breast cancer blogger bares it all! I find this blog extremely informative and candid.  — Sarah

Insert Boobs Here is a hilarious and candid view into the life of a young metastatic breast cancer survivor!  — Aidan

Sarah is a tireless advocate for the issue of metastatic breast cancer. Living with metastatic disease herself, she is the president and founder of Beyond Stage IV. In between very taxing treatments for her disease she is continually working to generate awareness and research funding for stage IV breast disease and support fellow patients.  — Joyce

Sarah Merchant

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