IN HONOR OF OUR JULY 24th METUP FUNDRAISER SHOW, ALL PROCEEDS FROM THE SALE OF THIS SONG ARE CURRENTLY GOING TO METUP! THIS IS A "NAME YOUR OWN PRICE" SITUATION. BE GENEROUS.
Last July, on our 2015 Summer House Concert Tour, I had the privilege of a late night, post-concert heart-to-heart with one amazing human being, Beth Caldwell. Please meet Beth:
"My name is Beth Caldwell, and I have metastatic breast cancer, which is breast cancer that has spread beyond the breast to other organs. In my case, my cancer spread to my lungs, liver, bones, and brain. Once breast cancer has spread beyond the breast, there is no cure. I will die of or with my disease. In fact, we don't even know how many people are living with metastatic breast cancer today, because our national cancer database doesn't track most of these patients. We only track that their cancer became metastatic when they die of it. More than 40,000 Americans die of metastatic breast cancer every year--that's 113 every day.
I've lost so many friends to this disease...and I don't want to lose any more of them. That's why my dear friend Jennie Grimes and I founded an organization called MET UP. It's modeled on ACT UP, and our mission is to change the landscape for metastatic cancer through direct action. We're fighting to save our lives, and the lives of everyone with metastatic cancers. Of all that breast cancer money you see flowing every October, a very tiny portion goes to researching metastatic breast cancer, the only kind that's terminal. We intend to change that, so that people with metastatic breast cancer can live longer and more fully.
I was so honored that Shannon wrote this song, this anthem for our movement. It captures what it's like living with metastatic breast cancer, and why we're fighting to change our reality. I hope you'll consider joining us in our movement -- you can start by visiting our website, METUP.org."