Annie Cummings

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 <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PLGEO100100400000000" title="Florida" href="/topic/us/florida-PLGEO100100400000000.topic">Florida</a> 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.

( 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.

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