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Event Organizers

Lisa Quinn

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Lisa Quinn is a 38-year-old Springdale native. She attended Springdale High School and The University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. She earned a Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education and went on to teach at Walker Elementary school for 13 years. She decided in April 2015 to take a year off teaching to focus on just being a mom to her 6-year-old son, Cooper, and 3-year-old daughter, Karis. That following July she had some pain and felt a knot under her right breast. A doctor’s appointment the next morning led her to a stage IV breast cancer diagnosis and her reason for not working quickly changed.

Lisa believes that her job now is to educate adults about metastatic breast cancer. She dedicates much of her time talking in front of groups about how she discovered her cancer, the diagnosis process, and advocating for Metavivor. She met Kelli Parker on Facebook and knew immediately that she and her husband had to become involved with The Northwest Arkansas Metsquerade. Lisa has been in treatment for the last 20 months and is responding well to her current treatment. Lisa is thankful for having minimal side effects and lives a relatively normal life. She enjoys watching her son play sports, cuddling with her daughter, and hanging out with her family and friends. She is hopeful for many more years planning Metavivor fundraisers, especially The Annual Metsquerade and watching her children grow up.

Lisa’s contact information:
479 790-4826
lisa@nwamets.org

Patrick Quinn

patrick-picturePatrick Quinn moved to Northwest Arkansas in 1998.  He met Lisa (Cooper) Quinn in 2000 on Dickson Street in Fayetteville while they were attending the University of Arkansas.  He graduated from the U of A with a M.A. in Communication.  Patrick has spent 10 years in the restaurant industry working and has done everything from being a bus boy all the way to being a general manager.  In 2006 he received his real estate license and has been working with Coldwell Banker Harris McHaney & Faucette since then.

The most important thing for him is to spend time with his family.  There is nothing more important than seeing his children grow.  He has coached his son, Cooper, in soccer since 2012.  This has been a learning experience for him as well as for Cooper.  In 2015 he tried to coach Karis at the age of 3, but she decided soccer wasn’t for her yet.   If you stop by his house during the afternoon, you will most likely see him outside with his children playing some sort of games.

Patrick used his connections he has made since working on Dickson Street in 1999-2005 and in the real estate industry from 2006 to present to get support for the NWA Metsquerade.  He is extremely proud that the company he works with, Coldwell Banker Harris McHaney & Faucette, supported the NWA Metsquerade as a Gold Sponsor and saw over 50 people from his company attend the event in 2016.  In addition, friends and colleagues who have stepped up as volunteers and supporters of the event have shown how important a community can be in helping out a great cause.

Patrick’s contact information:
479-790-4837
patrick@nwamets.org

Kelli Davis

Kelli Davis is no stranger to breast cancer having been treated for early-stage disease twice by the age of 31, but after metastatic progression to bone in 2014, she was in uncharted territory. Convinced she would soon die, she fell into a deep depression, remaining there for 5 months. Kelli lost 30 pounds, refused to eat, shower, and eventually leave her bed. She checked herself into an emotional rehab facility where she received intensive therapy, structure, and began to share her story. To her amazement, the “failure” she saw as her metastatic progression became a model of living graciously with adversity and soon, her physical symptoms began to wane.

Kelli returned to work in Walmart Treasury and built a network of metastatic patients, advocates, and researchers. Helping others connect to exceptional responders on the same treatment or with pathologically similar disease gave her a sense of purpose and took her mind off of her own diagnosis. She soon had her first scan that showed no evidence of disease (NED) and then discovered METAvivor. Kelli immediately identified with their mission of funding better long term treatment options for metastatic breast cancer (MBC) patients. She connected with board members eventually meeting them at the Capitol Hill Die In in October 2015. Kelli envisioned a fundraising gala, a masquerade, a METSquerade ball! She and her husband Zac partnered with Patrick and Lisa Quinn who lived nearby in Springdale, AR and the First Annual Northwest Arkansas METSquerade was born.

Kelli is outspoken on social media. Her candid posts featured on Its About Time MBC, Stupid Dumb Breast Cancer, Live from Stage IV, and Tigerlilly provide a rare glimpse at life under 40 with MBC.

Nearly 2 years into her MBC diagnosis, Kelli remains NED and passionately committed to improving the quality and quantity of MBC patient lives. Kelli, her husband Zac and their daughter Autumn reside in Northwest Arkansas and fully believe that through organizations like METAvivor and your generosity, we’ll witness improvement in metastatic outcomes in our lifetime.

Kelli’s contact information:
(479) 644-5258
kelli@nwamets.org


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