Please indulge me in posting my annual new year/birthday wish to FORCE on my blog.
It’s hard to believe another year has gone by! Tonight, FORCE and this community will celebrate our 14th birthday. This year even more than previous years it feels as though we have grown and accomplished so much!
FORCE was founded on New Years, just a few moments after the stroke of midnight! As the new year rang in, I was sitting at my computer, fresh out of treatment and prophylactic surgery, posting on the brand-new message board of a brand-new non-profit organization and putting out the call for others affected by hereditary cancer to join me in this effort. I felt alone, there was no organization, and no community that recognized the impact of hereditary cancer or that provided a sense of understanding and unity for those like me with a genetic predisposition to cancer. Each New Year’s eve, I also celebrate the creation of this amazing organization, resource, and the building of this community. Since then FORCE has changed my life and the lives of so many others!
2012 was a great year for us: we helped influence policy on screening, we advocated loudly for more research, and are finally seeing the fruits of these efforts with more PARP inhibitor research studies open than before. We are promoting personalized medicine and genetics incorporation into public health. We are reaching more people through the media and through our programs: our 2012 conference had a record-breaking 600 attendees, the largest gathering of the BRCA/hereditary cancer community. And we have already begun to plan our next conference in Spring 2014 in Philadelphia (stay tuned).
It is my hope for the new year that the continued support of our community will further strengthen FORCE and we will be able to achieve even more in the coming year! (please consider a year-end or birthday gift to FORCE). May each of you experience love, happiness, prosperity, and good health.
For everyone who is part of our great community, your family and loved ones, Happy New Year my friends, and happy birthday to FORCE.
Be empowered and be well!