Patient Advocate, Michigan
Katie Edick is a passionate breast cancer advocate, bringing over two decades of experience as a pediatric occupational therapist in the medical field.
Her journey into patient advocacy for breast cancer began in 2017, following her own diagnosis of triple-positive metastatic breast cancer de novo during her initial mammogram at the age of 40 in 2016. At that time, the cancer had spread to her right breast, liver, and spine. Presently, Katie is NEAD (No Evidence of Active Disease) and undergoing first-line treatment.
Katie volunteers with Little Pink Houses of Hope, leading annual retreats for families navigating breast cancer. She has attended the National Breast Cancer Coalition, Project Lead, and Living Beyond Breast Cancer Hear My Voice Advocate Program. Katie serves as a Komen Advocate in Science, contributes as a consumer reviewer for the DOD, and advocates for several research studies. In Michigan, she is engaged in two workgroup committees through MDHHS Program for Young Persons with Breast Cancer, holds the position of secretary for the Michigan Breast Cancer Coalition, and mentors for GRASP (Guiding Researchers and Advocates to Scientific Partnerships).
Katie's primary focus lies in championing patient-centered and cutting-edge research. She strongly believes that individuals living with breast cancer, the true stakeholders, should actively participate in shaping the research landscape. Her advocacy extends to ensuring that research is accessible and inclusive to ALL people living with breast cancer.
Happily married for 20 years and raising two beautiful teenagers, Katie enjoys traveling, watercolor painting, scrap-booking, and attending Broadway musicals.