Sheila McGlown

At age 43, Sheila M. McGlown — a retired Air Force Senior Master Sergeant and mother of one was diagnosed with stage IV HER2-positive, hormone receptor-positive breast cancer.

Since being diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer, Sheila has undergone many aggressive treatments including a bilateral mastectomy and two rounds of chemotherapy. Currently she is participating in a clinical trial DS-8201A because of a fourth progression of cancer.

Sheila is a 25-year Air Force veteran, receiving four Air Force Meritorious Service Medals, seven Air Force Commendation Medals, and four Air Force Achievement Medals.

She is an alumni of A Fresh Chapter trips to India and Kenya. She is a Young Advocate for Living Beyond Breast Cancer Young Women’s Initiative Program and volunteers her time on the Living Beyond Breast Cancer Helpline, offering emotional support to breast cancer patients. She is also a consumer reviewer for the Department of Defense Breast Cancer Research Program where she reviews proposals for funding. Sheila is an active member of the St. Louis Breast Cancer Coalition, the Young Women's Breast Cancer Program at Siteman Cancer Center, and one of the founding members of the Shades of Brown Foundation, an organization committed to educating underserved communities about breast cancer Sheila is also a facilitator for Breast Cancer Recovery and a recent participant in the Escape to Thrive Leadership Conference. She’s an active member of the National Breast Cancer Coalition and is a 2015 graduate of NBCC’s Project Lead Institute. Sheila is an advocate for The TigerLily Foundation and is an integral part of The Metastatic Breast Cancer Project. Sheila reads grants for METAvivor as a consumer reviewer and has attended the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium in 2015 and 2019. She has received scholarships for both the American Association for Cancer Research Annual Meeting and the Health and Racial Disparities Conferences.

Sheila is featured in a Pfizer documentary called A Story Half Told, and she’s also featured in Breast Cancer Wellness Magazine. Her platform is raising awareness about the racial disparities black women face when being diagnosed with breast cancer. 

Since being diagnosed in 2009, Sheila has received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in business administration from Lebanon University. Sheila is a member of New Life Community Church in East St Louis. She is married to Cortez McGlown, and has one daughter, Janaia Glover, who is 30 years old. 

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July 8, 2020
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