Thank you for visiting my Heroes fundraising page!
As many of you know, I was diagnosed with a BRCA1 genetic mutation in 1999. These mutations are hereditary and can be passed down from one's father or mother. Women with a BRCA mutation face up to an 85% lifetime risk of breast cancer and a 60% risk of ovarian cancer. About 10% of all breast cancers and 15% of ovarian cancers are considered heredtiary. Melanoma, prostate and pancreatic cancers are also associated with BRCA mutations. FORCE is the only national nonprofit dedicated to families affected by these hereditary cancers. FORCE provides support, outreach, education and advocacy on behalf of this community. It also facilitates research specific to hereditary cancers.
Families affected by BRCA mutations carry a heavy burden. FORCE provides a welcoming place to turn to for the most current information on hereditary cancer, as well as much-needed support. FORCE has become an invaluable resource for me in recent years and I am proud to be part of the FORCE family--originally as a volunteer, and now as part of its small staff.
Many people have no idea how difficult it is for a "small" nonprofit to make ends meet. I can tell you from personal experience that we watch every penny we spend in an effort to maximize the benefit to the hereditary breast and ovarian cancer community. FORCE doesn't have a fancy headquarters office, big walks that require big dollars in administrative costs, etc. Instead, its funds go toward programs which provide critical information and support to those touched by hereditary breast and ovarian cancer, and their healthcare providers. A key goal is to identify and educate those who are at high-risk so cancer can be caught early or prevented altogether.
I don't consider myself a "Hero" but I am dedicated to helping this organization continue--and to expand its programs to meet the growing need in the community. It is estimated that nearly a million people in the U.S. carry a BRCA mutation but only 10% know it. One in 40 people of Ashkenazi Jewish descent carry a BRCA mutation. One in 500 of the general population is affected. Are you? Knowing your family health history is critical.
FORCE is in critical need of financial support. Your donation, large or small, will make a real difference. Donating through this website is simple, fast and totally secure. It is also the most efficient way to support FORCE.
P.S. This is a big year for us; our daughter Rachel is having her bat mitzvah in late May. In honor of this occasion, my goal is to raise $1300 in honor of her 13 years of life!
Many thanks for your support--and don't forget to forward this to anyone who may be interested in learning more about FORCE.