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Christine Hodgdon

Christine Hodgdon was a conservation biologist before her metastatic breast cancer (MBC) diagnosis in April 2015. Christine co-founded GRASP – Guiding Researchers & Advocates to Scientific Partnerships which empowers patients, clinicians, and researchers to exchange ideas and learn from each other.  She spearheads the MBC Alliance-sponsored Breast Cancer Brain Metastasis (BCBM) Initiative: Marina Kaplan Project with the goal to address the unmet research needs of breast cancer patients living with central nervous system (CNS) metastasis and was a founding committee member of, a resource hub for breast cancer patients living with brain metastasis. She also collaborates with leadership at Johns Hopkins Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center to innovate the INSPIRE (Influencing Science through Patient-Informed Research & Education) Advocacy Program. Christine is very proud to be a patient advisor on the rapid autopsy tissue donation program, Hope for OTHERS (Our Tissue Helping Enhance Research & Science) at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) Magee Womens Hospital. Hope for OTHERS offers patients the opportunity to leave a legacy by making contributions that will advance research discoveries and help future patients.