Scene: Sorvino (business casual in a beige lace top and black pants, accessorized with a camera she used to snap pics of the demonstration), Joy and other activists marched from the Washington Monument to Capitol Hill, where they staged a “die-in” on the Capitol’s west lawn. The “Stage IV Stampede” participants then convened in the Cannon House Office Building for a rally and briefing. Then it was off to meet with lawmakers to lobby for boosting National Institutes of Health budgets, loosening right-to-try laws (which allow terminally ill patients to try experimental therapies), and shortening the hold time on disability benefits for cancer patients.
Sound bite: “In the back of your mind you wonder, ‘One day am I going to find a lump, and then my kids are going to have a mother who’s dying?’ Every woman thinks about this, so we should all be banded together in this sisterhood that this is not acceptable, that this is a priority in our country to eliminate metastatic breast cancer,” Sorvino said. “This is not this fairy tale where if we do a 10k run, it’s been eliminated.”