Clinical Trial Advisor
Christine’s advocacy career began when she launched her website TheStormRiders.org which hosts a searchable clinical trial database. She later co-founded the program GRASP – Guiding Researchers & Advocates to Scientific Partnerships, to empower patients and researchers to exchange ideas and learn from each other. Christine believes that when patient advocates can inform the research process, they can drive more meaningful and fundable research that improves survival outcomes for breast cancer patients. GRASP led Christine to innovate the INSPIRE Research Advocacy Program at Johns Hopkins Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center, where she is also a patient.
Christine also spearheads the MBC Alliance’s Breast Cancer Brain Metastasis (BCBM) Initiative: Marina Kaplan Project with the goal to address the unmet research needs of breast cancer patients living with central nervous system (CNS) metastasis. Important to any of the initiatives with which Christine is involved is ensuring that health disparities and inequities are addressed, especially in underserved and vulnerable populations that are disproportionately impacted by breast cancer. Her advocacy work is also inspired and driven by the loss of many friends to MBC.