Baltimore Sun photo by Chiaki Kawajiri
May 28, 2008
Annie Cummings talks with research nurse Silvia Petrik and Dr. Leisha Emens about her condition. As part of the clinical trial for a breast cancer vaccine Emens is conducting at Johns Hopkins, Cummings, 43, has to travel from Florida to Baltimore to get injections and have a multitude of tests done -- at her own expense. The 46-year-old Emmens has personal experience with the disease; her mother died of breast cancer when she was 16.