Breast Friends Fund- (BFF)

Who is Dr. Eric Winer ?

  Sandy Cassanelli with her daughters Samantha (15), Amanda (11) and her husband, Craig

Metastatic Breast Cancer Facts*:

  • 1 out of 4 people initially diagnosed with early stage breast cancer will develop Metastatic  Breast Cancer
  • Metastatic breast cancer accounts for app 40,000 death in the United States annually
  • Currently, only 7% of all Breast Cancer Research funding is allocated to Metastatic Breast Cancer Research
  • 110 women die daily from Metastatic breast cancer
  • Currently there is NO Cure for Metastatic Breast Cancer

*Metastatic Breast Cancer Network  

When breast cancer spreads to other parts of the body, such as the bones, brain, liver, or lungs, it is called metastatic (also referred to as advanced or stage IV).

Although it is not curable, metastatic breast cancer can be treatable. Today, with new therapies, including biologic targeted treatments and novel drug combinations, women with metastatic breast cancer can live well for many years.

100 % of Funds

                  go to

Metastatic Breast Cancer Research ​ 

​               at

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute


Breast Friends Fund(BFF)

2018 Taste the Cure Benefit  !

Breast Friends Fund (BFF)

Who is Dr. Eric Winer ?

What is Metastatic Breast Cancer ?

Sandy's Story
In 1997, he joined Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women’s Cancer Center, where he serves as director of the Susan F. Smith Center for Women's Cancers Breast Oncology Program. 

Dr. Winer is also the chief of the Division of Women's Cancers at Dana-Farber and the Thompson Senior Investigator in Breast Cancer Research. He is a Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School

Sandy was initially diagnosed with Stage 3 breast cancer at the age of 37, on May 30, 2013.  She chose to have a bilateral mastectomy followed by 8 rounds of chemotherapy and 28 rounds of radiation. 

Soon after the end of radiation treatment Sandy was declared cancer-free. 

Unfortunately, in April 2015, Sandy was no longer a breast cancer survivor.  Sandy was told that the breast cancer had spread to her liver and she was now living with Stage 4  Metastatic Breast Cancer with no cure.