Amanda Hynum was diagnosed with an aggressive breast cancer in 2013, shortly after she turned 30. She went on to discover she carries a genetic mutation in the BRCA1 gene. This experience ignited an interest and passion for science and evidence-based outcomes. A national YSC conference is where Amanda first heard of Project LEAD, and other advocate opportunities. She immediately applied, and was gratefully accepted. She went on to lobby on the hill at the NBCC Summit for continued funding of the Department of Defense’s Breast Cancer Research Program. She applied for and received an Alamo Scholarship the same year she attended LEAD, which gave her the exhilarating experience of attending the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium as an Alamo Scholar. By also involving herself in volunteer work and research opportunities, Amanda has developed connections with many prominent researchers in the breast cancer sphere.
Amanda has represented YSC on the ABOUT Network's steering committee via FORCE, which is a research collaboration involving PCORI.
She has been fortunate to serve on research review panels at the DoD BCRP multiple times, most recently serving as a mentor to a novice reviewer. She has also been involved in visual survivorship advocacy, appearing on a television show and modeling for breast-cancer related merchandise, where all funds raised have gone to worthwhile causes and/or research.
Most recently, Amanda has joined the Knight Cancer Institute Scientific Research Advocates at Oregon Health and Science University.
Amanda was incredibly excited to be in the first cohort of RISE advocates, and is honoured to now serve as a RISE Legacy Advocate. She remains active in multiple online breast cancer and young adult cancer communities.
Amanda is Canadian and lives in Oregon with her husband, stepson, and post-chemo “miracle” daughter.