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.

Past Awards Participation

Third Annual Health Activist Awards


Hilarious Health Activist Health Activist Hero Best in Show: Blog

Fourth Annual Health Activist Awards


Health Activist Hero Rookie of the Year
Sarah Merchant

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