In South Carolina, several Upstate locations are lighting up October 13th to raise awareness for metastatic breast cancer.
Locations include Cancer Survivors Park Center for Hope and Healing, BMW Zentrum, Liberty Bridge and the front entrance of AnMed Health and Cancer Center located on the campus of AnMed Health. All of these Upstate locations will be lit up in various colors to bring attention to needed research into MBC.
Each October sees an explosion of pink in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. However, one group is pushing for more inclusion of metastatic breast cancer. Rosylin Weston is working with the nonprofit organizations Moore Fight Moore Strong and METAvivor Research and Support to light up local landmarks in honor of those with metastatic breast cancer.
Metastatic breast cancer, also classified as Stage IV breast cancer, is cancer that has already spread to other organs in the body. While there is no cure, there are treatments for maintaining the quality of life of a patient as well as clinical trials ongoing.
Weston says that about a third of patients who are diagnosed with early-stage breast cancer and are declared cancer-free may end up with MBC down the road.
“I am actually one of the 30%. So, in August of 2019, my breast cancer reoccurred as metastatic. That’s why it’s important to me to be involved in the fight,” says Weston.
BMW Zentrum will be featured on a livestream on the night of Oct. 13. Catch the live stream, find all the landmarks and find out more information about metastatic breast cancer by going to https://www.metavivor.org/take-action/campaigns/lightupmbc//.
You can also participate in an online social media challenge by taking a photo with one of the landmarks participating on Oct. 13 and posting it publicly using #LightUpMBC and #METAvivor.
More than 627,000 people die each year globally from MBC — including more than 42,000 in the U.S., according to a release by METAvivor and Moore Fight Moore Strong. Only 5% of overall breast cancer research has been used to research metastatic breast cancer.
Light Up MBC sees landmarks around the world light up in the colors of MBC Awareness Day on Oct. 13. Those colors — pink, green and teal — represent breast cancer, hope and renewal, and healing, according to Weston.
“We really need to increase awareness about the metastatic breast cancer, because increased awareness will mean increased resources, and increased resources will result in more treatment options on the table, and more treatment options will result in people living with metastatic breast cancer, living a longer, better quality of life,” says Weston. “That is what this event is all about.”