Breast Cancer Advocate and Metastatic Thriver
Sandi began her advocacy efforts in breast cancer in 1995 after receiving a diagnosis of stage 2 breast cancer at the age of 42. She was a board member for the Y-ME Orange County Breast Cancer affiliate for five years. Her interest in research grew as she attended several National Breast Cancer Coalition’s annual advocacy conferences where she also learned how to become a legislative advocate. In 1998, at the age of 45, Sandi was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer to her bones. At that time, she redoubled her advocacy involvement.
She currently serves on the Komen Advocates in Science Steering Committee, the Breast Cancer Disease Orientation Team at University of California, Irvine, the MBC Alliance Patient Advocate Advisory Group, the Komen MBC Advisory Group and the Orange County Komen MBC program committee. She has participated in over 20 scientific funding reviews for breast cancer research for Komen, the Department of Defense and METAvivor.
As a peer helpline volunteer for SHARE, Living Beyond Breast Cancer and After Breast Cancer Diagnosis, Sandi has provided one-to-one support to nearly 100 metastatic breast cancer patients and caregivers. She has found that many callers want to feel like they are not alone and find it empowering they are fully understood.
Sandi lives in Laguna Niguel, CA and has been married to Bill since 1975. They have two grown children and two grandchildren. She enjoys writing (including her catsncancer.com blog), traveling and volunteering at a regional animal shelter.