Lizzie Wittig is a long-time breast cancer patient advocate. Her passion for breast cancer and women’s health advocacy began in 2003 when her mother was diagnosed with breast cancer when Lizzie was sixteen years old. Lizzie’s mom’s breast cancer journey changed their lives and opened Lizzie’s eyes to the plight breast cancer patients can face. The barriers and disparities in breast cancer treatment and survival were something Lizzie couldn’t sit back and ignore and are what ignited her passion to fight for this cause.
Lizzie’s Mom passed from breast cancer in 2009 – but that was six years longer than her original prognosis. Her life was extended thanks to a clinical trial for a ground-breaking targeted therapy for HER2+ breast cancer. Due to this experience, Lizzie is passionate about eliminating disparities, furthering efforts for better treatments, finding the cures, and ensuring patients who are diagnosed today have access to the quality treatment and care they need, when they need it, no matter who they are.
Lizzie has been instrumental in growing breast cancer mission programs and community resource development in San Diego, California and the US, including patient services like screening and diagnostic assistance, financial treatment assistance, patient navigation and other patient support services. In Public Policy, she has chaired several California workgroups and collaboratives, leading work to successfully pass nearly thirty bills at the State and Federal level to protect breast cancer patients. In 2017 and 2018, Lizzie led efforts to pass landmark legislation that opened unprecedented access to breast and cervical cancer screening, diagnostic and treatment services for Californians.