Anna Satushek Kuwada-- Trying to make a difference!
Thank you for stopping by my fundraising page!
As a lot of you know, but maybe some of you don't, I have been a member and Seattle Coordinator for a spectacular nonprofit called FORCE: Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered for about three years. I came this organization shortly after I learned that my mother and I carry a mutation on our BRCA1 gene, which confers about an 87% lifetime risk of developing breast cancer.
When all of the screenings and tests became too much and we knew that spending our young lives worried about cancer at best, or fighting it at worst, I opted with the loving support of my husband and family to have a preventative bilateral mastectomy and reconstruction in 2011. I am still saddened that I had to make that decision as it's a far-from-ideal solution, but I am endlessly grateful that my husband and I had the opportunity to chose to a life without cancer, a choice my parents never had the chance to make.
FORCE gave me to resources and empowerment to make a decision and move on with my life. I now volunteer with FORCE to provide that support to other women of all ages who are affected by hereditary cancers in the Seattle area. They do a great deal with very little and that is why I support them and I hope you will too.
A little goes a long way with FORCE and goes directly to advocating for, educating, supporting, and empowering women of all ages who are touched in any way by hereditary cancers. Thanks for your support!