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Pam Kohl has over 40 years of experience working in government and non-profit management. She served as Executive Director of the Susan G. Komen, North Carolina Triangle to the Coast Affiliate which serves 29 counties in NC. In that role, Pam was a passionate spokesperson and advocate for equitable breast cancer support services in Eastern NC and the vital need for breast cancer research. Her passion for finding the treatments/cures for metastatic breast cancer led to the development of the new Komen Metastatic Breast Cancer Collaborative Research Initiative which she currently directs.
Pam was diagnosed with stage 1 ER+ breast cancer in 2009. She had a lumpectomy, radiation and stayed on her endocrine therapy for 5 years. She had no family history and the Oncotype tumor analysis showed a very low risk for recurrence. In 2014, she was declared cancer-free. However, in October 2016, she was diagnosed with breast cancer again and on January 31, 2017 she was diagnosed with stage IV metastatic breast cancer. She is currently on an oral chemo drug and endocrine therapy and has bone scans and PET/CT scans every 12 weeks. Pam lives every day knowing that it is breast cancer research that has prolonged her life and hopes that research will find the cures that will save her life.