Group 3D: HR+ Breast & Pan-Cancers; Sexual Health; Symptoms & Survivorship
Wednesday, June 14 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm Eastern Time (US/New York)
Mentor: Marlena Murphy
In 2018, Marlena Murphy was diagnosed with stage III triple-negative breast cancer. In 2019, as a volunteer patient advocate for My Style Matters, she attended the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium with the very first GRASP poster walkthroughs. Additionally, Marlena serves as a volunteer on the Emory Winship Cancer Institute Patient and Family Advisory (PFA) Council. Because of Marlena’s commitment to advocacy and seeking knowledge beyond the realm of breast cancer, she was offered a position as a Program Manager with GRASP in 2021. Now, she serves as an enthusiastic team member, and coordinates and leads the GRASP Huddles.
Marlena has participated as a DOD Breast Cancer Research Program (BCRP) consumer grant reviewer, and was featured in the 2022 AACR Cancer Disparities Progress Report. She also works as a Community Advocate for TurningPoint Breast Cancer Rehabilitation. Marlena’s role as a patient advocate was one she did not plan on during her lifetime, yet, she accepted it and decided that her diagnosis would not be in vain. Marlena is a mother to a teenage daughter and enjoys helping others. As a result of her diagnosis and desire to help people, Marlena entered grad school in 2020 and became a Clinical Mental Health Counselor in May 2023. Marlena currently provides therapy for individuals experiencing homelessness and will also provide pro bono therapy for breast cancer patients and survivors.
Scientist: Marielle Gross, M.D.
Marielle S. Gross is a professor of bioethics and OBGYN at University of Pittsburgh and Johns Hopkins. She is an expert on ethics at the intersection of medicine and research, and has founded heny, Inc. to empower patients and their families to benefit directly from their personal research contributions. As a physician, scientist and founder, her mission is to partner with patients in advancing the art and science of precision medicine.