Julie German Evert
Nashville, TN, United States
Organization: Sisters Network Nashville
Attorney Julie German Evert was diagnosed with ER+, PR+, HER2+, DCIS breast cancer in 2001 at age 38. As a full-time practicing attorney and mother to a young son, Julie was aggressive in advocating for herself while commuting for a year from her home in St. Thomas to the States for treatment including bilateral mastectomies, Adriamycin, Cytoxan and Taxotere, radiation to the chest wall, a prophylactic oophorectomy and hysterectomy.
She found the Young Survivors Network, which connected her to other young women undergoing treatment, and learned that <10% of US-diagnosed breast cancer was in women < 40, and oncologists didn't treat them differently than menopausal/post-menopausal women. As a long-term resident of St. Thomas and a well-known attorney, she became a "go-to" person for newly diagnosed women helping them find providers and centers despite limited treatment options. As a survivor, Julie avidly participates in fundraising and is passionate about research. She was a Project LEAD '01 participant and raised over $38,000 in the '02 NY Avon 3-day walk. She has been granted access to the wet and dry research labs at UC Santa Cruz by Dr. David Haussler who first assembled the Human Genome and made it accessible to the public via the internet. Julie now lives in Nashville with her two dogs, Sunshine and Cooper, and is a practicing trial and divorce attorney who continues to passionately devote her time to advocacy and research in bioethics and access to care and treatment options for minority women.