About the project

The #ThisIsMBC Perseverance Project showcases a diverse group of 12 people living with metastatic breast cancer (MBC) and highlights the daily joy, difficulty, and reality of living with MBC. Each month, Perseverance will feature a new project participant with her personal story told through unique color and black-and-white photos as well as inspiring videos.

ThisIsMBC Perseverance Project

To make a donation to MBC research and support those living with MBC, please visit METAvivor contributions . Each participant who donates $20 or more can receive a complimentary #ThisIsMBC Perseverance personal planner.

MEET THE PARTICIPANTS OF THE #THISISMBC PERSEVERANCE PROJECT

MEET CARLETHA "SPIRIT" CEPHAS

Carletha “Spirit” Cephas

51 years old

Los Angeles, California

Carletha, who loves butterflies, Hello Kitty, and spoiling her nieces and nephews, describes herself as “assertive, very outspoken, and very courageous.” Carletha is adamant about advocating for herself during her treatment, and encourages other women to do the same: “…it's very, very important for other women to understand that you need to create a dialogue, write notes down, email yourself notes, write information down the day before you visit your doctor with questions.”