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Susie Brain, a survivor of breast cancer, works with researchers to find a cure

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Susie Brain speaks with Mike Lawing about her work as an advocate for survivors with breast cancer.

For the past 12 years, Susie Brain has worked with both local and national advocacy organizations serving on research and survivorship committees involving government, academic, and non-profit organizations. Brain is a trained breast cancer survivor advocate with expertise in both research and patient communications.

Brain served as a stakeholder reviewer for the American Cancer Society, as Consumer Grant Reviewer for the DOD Breast Cancer Research Program, a Komen “Advocate in Science” reviewing grants for Komen, and as an advocate observer for the California Breast Cancer Research Program.

At the Stanford Cancer Institute, Brain serves as a community member/patient advocate on the scientific review committee and a member of the clinical trials advisory committee. She is a patient advisor for and also serves on the consumer and community advisory committee of the ATHENA Breast Health Network and WISDOM Study, a collaboration of the five University of California Medical Centers.

Brain provides direct support and resources to breast cancer patients while serving as a volunteer peer mentor with the American Cancer Society’s Reach-To-Recovery Program and as a helpline volunteer with Living Beyond Breast Cancer.