Abigail is a daughter, mother, wife, and attorney who was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer in June of 2017. A few months after her diagnosis, Abigail started her blog “No Half Measures,” where she talks about whatever comes to mind, within the lens of her stage IV diagnosis. In 2017, Abigail also discovered that she inherited a mutation on the ATM gene and further testing has revealed somatic mutations in the cancer.
For Abigail, advocacy is a whole life endeavor and she never does anything halfway. Abigail is involved with several advocacy and support groups, and she started her own non-profit, Connect IV Legal Services, to recruit attorneys to do pro bono legal work for metastatic breast cancer patients. Outside of cancer advocacy, Abigail enjoys spending time with her family and cat, scrapbooking, and cross-stitching.
Chawnte, 42, is a mother and Army veteran who currently works for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid. In October 2017, Chawnte was diagnosed with stage II, triple-negative breast cancer. She had a double mastectomy and began chemotherapy in January 2018. After completing nine cycles of chemotherapy, Chawnte showed no evidence of disease for 11 months. Then, in March 2019, Chawnte was diagnosed with metastatic triple-negative breast cancer. Since her diagnosis, Chawnte has become an advocate within the breast cancer community and participates in a variety of activities focused on mentoring young women diagnosed with breast cancer.
At age 43, Sheila M. McGlown — a retired Air Force Senior Master Sergeant, wife, and mother of one was diagnosed with stage IV HER2-positive, hormone receptor-positive breast cancer. Since being diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer in 2009, Sheila has undergone many aggressive treatments. Currently, she is participating in a clinical trial DS-8201A because of a fourth progression of cancer.
Sheila is involved in many breast cancer advocacy groups and programs, and is one of the founding members of the Shades of Brown Foundation, an organization committed to educating underserved communities about breast cancer. She is featured in a Pfizer documentary called A Story Half Told, as well as, 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, Sheila has received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in business administration from Lebanon University. Sheila is an active member of her church in St. Louis.
Ruth Pfeffer, of Willow Grove, Pennsylvania, is an enthusiastic and knowledgeable birder and nature photographer. Through her company, Birding with Ruth, she gives informational presentations and leads trips to observe resident and migratory birds. Ruth was diagnosed with metastatic, hormone receptor- and HER2-positive breast cancer in the summer of 2018. Despite her diagnosis, Ruth continues to give presentations and participate in conservation projects.