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TARBORO — To help support those living with metastatic breast cancer, Susan G. Komen North Carolina Triangle to the Coast will host, “Understanding Stage IV: A Brunch on Metastatic Breast Cancer,” from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7 at Edgecombe Community College.

Metastatic breast cancer is breast cancer that has spread beyond the breast to other parts of the body. As the most advanced stage of breast cancer — ­also known as Stage IV — MBC causes nearly all of the breast cancer deaths each year in the U.S.

“We know that metastatic breast cancer places significant stress on those living with the incurable disease, with many spending half of their time on things related to cancer,” shared Pam Kohl, executive director at Komen NCTC. “We aim to increase understanding of the significant impact of metastatic breast cancer and help women and men living with this disease, and the people around them, thrive together.”

The event, which will bring the local MBC community together to share information and provide support, will also serve as a forum dedicated to the care, learning and sharing among thrivers (those living with MBC), their caregivers, advocates, clinicians and community partners.

“Komen North Carolina Triangle to the Coast is offering a wonderful opportunity for our local communities, and throughout the planning phase, they have worked collaboratively with our regional network to offer an event that is specifically designed and reflective of Edgecombe, Halifax and Nash counties,” said Patricia Peele, women’s health educator with Rural Health Group and member of the Roanoke Valley Breast Cancer Coalition.

Susan G. Komen N.C. Triangle to the Coast is committed to changing the unacceptable reality that more than 42,000 people in the U.S. are expected to die of breast cancer every year. In 2016, Komen set its bold goal to reduce breast cancer deaths in the U.S. by 50% by 2026.

“We must do everything we can to save lives This means we are focused on finding breakthroughs for the most aggressive and deadly breast cancers and ensuring that all people receive the care they need,” added Kohl.

Joining the event with Komen NCTC and Wilson Forward are a number of community organizations, including the Area L Area Health Education Center, Edgecombe County Health Department, Gregory B. Davis Foundation, Halifax County Health Department, Halifax Regional Medical Center, Nash UNC, HealthCare Foundation, N.C. Community Foundation, OIC Family Medical Center, Roanoke Valley Breast Cancer Coalition, Rural Health Group, Inc., UNC Cancer Care at Nash, Vidant Cancer Center – Edgecombe, Vidant Edgecombe Hospital, Welcome to Tarboro Magazine and Wilson Medical Center. Support for the event is provided by Pfizer, Inc. and Lilly Oncology.

“We know this event will offer a meaningful opportunity for those who are living with metastatic breast cancer to build connections and engage with clinicians, researchers, survivors and other thrivers,” said Peele.

Tickets for the luncheon event are $5 per person. Doors open at 10 a.m. for registration and brunch service. For more information and to register, visit https://komennctc.org/mbc-event/ or call 919-493-2873.