Lianne Kraemer

Photo Provided By: Emily Lucarz Photography

Lianne grew up in southern Illinois, just outside of St. Louis, Mo. She attended the University of Kentucky where she earned a Bachelor of Science Degree and Master of Science Degree in Communication Disorders. After graduation, she moved to Chicago, Illinois. She spent 14 years there working as a Pediatric Speech Language Pathologist at the nonprofit Easter Seals DuPage, and in private practice throughout the city of Chicago. Lianne specialized in treating young children, toddlers, and infants with neuro-motor impairments impacting communication, feeding and swallowing.

In January 2014, at the age of 37, her life came to a standstill with a diagnosis of Stage 2 Breast Cancer. Her diagnosis was followed by an intensive year of surgeries, chemotherapy, and radiation. By December of that same year, she was declared "cancer free." But, despite catching it early and pursuing aggressive treatment, 18 months after her initial diagnosis her cancer returned. In June 2016, she was diagnosed with Stage 4 Metastatic Breast Cancer.

Knowing that there is no cure for stage 4 metastatic breast cancer, Lianne has become outspoken about the need for increased funding for this stage of the disease. Of all the funds raised in the name of Breast Cancer, less than 10% goes towards researching stage 4 disease--the only stage of breast cancer that takes a woman's life. Her hope is to see metastatic breast cancer transition from a terminal disease to a chronic and manageable condition.

Lianne’s contact information:
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Carolyn Davis

Carolyn grew up in the Chicago area. She completed master’s degrees in French and in Management and Organizational Behavior and enjoyed a twenty-five year career in human resources, working for both Motorola and Abbott.

In 2016, three years into a fun-filled retirement, Carolyn was diagnosed with early stage breast cancer. While researching treatments, she was surprised to learn that up to 30% of early stage breast cancers eventually metastasize, but less than 10% of all money raised in the name of breast cancer is specifically targeted to research treatment for metastatic breast cancer (MBC).

Looking for an opportunity to help further research for breast cancer, Carolyn connected with METAvivor and met Lianne. Hearing Lianne’s story was a defining moment. Carolyn offered to help Lianne organize the Chicago Metsquerade.

The first time Carolyn contacted Metavivor she was told, “Thank you so much for helping out. We really need the early stage folks for continuity!” That hit home. The people who are fighting and fundraising for research dollars for MBC, the only kind of breast cancer that kills, are most often people like Lianne, the very ones who are fighting for their lives. The average lifespan after an MBC diagnosis is just 33 months. Time is not on our side.

Carolyn’s contact information:
[email protected]