Group 3C: HR+ Breast Cancer; Imaging; Immunotherapy
Wednesday, June 14 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm Eastern Time (US/New York)
Mentor: Katie Edick
Katie Edick has been living with metastatic breast cancer (MBC) since 2016. She has been a pediatric occupational therapist for 21 years.
Katie has volunteered with Little Pink Houses of Hope leading yearly retreats for families going through breast cancer. She provides mentoring to other MBC patients through Imerman Angels. Katie is engaging more with patient advocacy through sharing her story on local news programs, senate hearing committees, and podcasts to help educate and advocate for legislation and research to support families going through a breast cancer diagnosis. Currently, she is the social media coordinator for the Michigan Breast Cancer Coalition. She sits on two different workgroup committees in Michigan’s Department of Health & Human Services for young women with breast cancer; the advisory committee and the metastatic breast cancer committee. She attended the NBCC Advocate Leadership Summit and engaged with local legislators during that campaign, and has attended the annual Metastatic Breast Cancer Research Conference for three years. Check out her blog at terminallyjoyful.com.
Scientist: Jessi Hersh, Ph.D. Candidate
Jessi Hersh is a fourth-year PhD candidate at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. Her research focuses on taking advantage of biomarkers specific to certain cancers to detect and diagnose cancer in animal models. She primarily studies pancreatic and lung cancers, but also applies concepts to other diseases.
She has a passion for community engagement and science communication, and aims to promote science teaching and learning. She is working to develop patient/advocate-researcher programs in Miami, and is eager to be a part of the GRASP program and connect with a diverse global community. She is also devoted to bringing science opportunities and experiences to K-12 programs in her community, particularly to those that lack access to resources because of social and racial disparities.