51 Supper Club event… photos and newspaper coverage.

FORCE members

Danielle Trembler, Lori Page, Michele Lacovic, Amy Byer Shainman, Jennifer Moreira, Dawn Mazur and Amy Mawhorr.

51 Supper Club at Downtown in the Gardens hosted a fundraiser for FORCE, the only national nonprofit organization devoted to hereditary breast and ovarian cancer. Their mission includes support, education, advocacy, awareness, and research specific to those cancers. Their programs serve anyone with a BRCA mutation or a family history of cancer. More than one million people in the United States carry a BRCA gene mutation or other hereditary factor that puts them at high risk for cancer. Families with inherited mutations have the highest known cancer risks. This community has a critical need for research to develop better treatment, detection, and prevention options. FORCE has created the Hereditary Cancer Research Fund to address this critical need.

As the voice of hereditary cancer, FORCE has unmatched insight into the unmet needs and research priorities of our community. Our input can shape studies of detection, prevention, and treatment of hereditary cancers not addressed by sporadic cancer research.

  • FORCE has an acknowledged outstanding record of collaborating with researchers. Connecting with many academic centers through the United States, they are uniquely positioned to provide important input into the direction, implementation, recruitment, and ethical aspects of research and can facilitate teamwork between different institutions and stakeholders.
  • FORCE maintains the largest contact database of people who are willing to participate in HBOC research. When researchers need help in recruiting for studies specific to hereditary cancer, they come to FORCE.
  • FORCE is in a unique position to identify and expedite research that will best serve high-risk individuals and families. They advocate solely for the needs of the hereditary cancer community and its research priorities. They understand the limitations of current available treatment, prevention, and surveillance options, and the impact each has on the quality-of-life of these individuals and their families. The long-range vision and focus ensures that our community doesn’t get lost in the larger research portfolio.
  • FORCE national hereditary cancer research fund will be the first of its kind, providing grants exclusively for research that targets hereditary cancer. A panel of experts and consumer advocates will review proposals to ensure that any research funded has the potential for significant benefit for the high-risk community.

Report and Photos by Penny Sheltz