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I have an extensive family history of breast and ovarian cancer. As an oncology nurse, I learned more about genetic testing and my hereditary risk of developing cancer. I later found out that I carried the cancer causing genetic mutation called BRCA-1. Having this particular genetic mutation put me at an 87% chance of developing breast cancer and a 44% chance of developing ovarian cancer.
I decided to take action and had a prophylactic bilateral mastectomy (removal of breast tissue). I also had a prophylactic oophorectomy/hysterectomy (removal of ovaries and uterus). These measures significantly decrease the chances of cancer invading my life as it did my mother, my aunt, my grandmother, and my great grandmother.
There are thousands of women and men who carry the BRCA mutation like I do, so I wanted to do more. I decided to become a volunteer outreach coordinator with FORCE (Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered) for the St. Louis, MO/metro east Illinois area. FORCE is the only national non-profit organization devoted to hereditary breast and ovarian cancer. FORCE's mission includes support, education, advocacy, awareness, and research specific to hereditary breast and ovarian cancer. FORCE's programs serve anyone with a BRCA mutation or a family history of cancer.
I hope you will consider supporting me and the fight against hereditary breast and ovarian cancer by making a tax-deductible contribution to FORCE. 100% of the funds go to the organization to continue our mission. Many companies will also match donations made by their employees. Please ask your employer if your company has a matching gifts policy. If so, just complete the required forms, contact me for the mailing address, and mail it along with your donation. It's a great way to double your support!
Every contribution makes a difference no matter what size. Thank you for supporting FORCE, a cause very important to me. With your help, we will ensure that no family will face hereditary cancer alone.