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Nurturing Knowledge Drives Tammy Li’s Philanthropy

The maxim “knowledge is power,” meaning the ‘more one knows, the more one will be able to control events,’ dates as far back as 1597, yet the concept holds true today and resonates strongly with FORCE donor and board member, Tammy Li.  In keeping with that philosophy, Tammy recently made a major gift to fund 2018 conference scholarships for those in financial need.  Her donation marks the second time Tammy has made a major contribution to conference scholarships for Joining Forces Against Hereditary Cancer Conference attendees. 

“From my personal experience, attending the Joining Forces Conference was transformative,” says Tammy.  “I attended my first conference almost ten years ago, and I still recall two or three sessions that made a lasting impact on my overall hereditary cancer knowledge.  I continue to refer back to my session notes for both myself and as a resource in serving others as a peer navigator and outreach leader.”

A researcher by nature and profession, Tammy also believes in gathering information from multiple sources. “I see young people at our local meetings who are there to learn as much as possible, and these local gatherings are wonderful, but bringing everyone together at an international conference is indescribable.  There you hear speakers sharing their knowledge and their instincts on unlocking the keys to this disease and prevention options.  The content is innovative and cutting-edge.  There are rare opportunities to learn from the experts before their findings appear in the medical journals.”

Tammy feels great joy and satisfaction being able to provide learning opportunities for others.  “This is a tangible gift that I am so happy to make,” says Tammy.  “It is something I can do to make a difference in someone else’s life.  I love the idea of helping a few people in a very deep and meaningful way.”

Tammy says that, as one touched by hereditary cancer, being at the conference offers a rare setting where everyone understands your experience.  “You are surrounded by a range of supportive people, including ‘sister-types’ who have travelled a similar journey, and health care doctors, researchers and clinicians who truly comprehend the patient experience.  You learn so much in such a short amount of time, and gain valuable support along the way.  There’s huge return on investment for the time you are there,” Tammy beams.

Tammy first got involved with FORCE in 2007 and attended her first Joining Forces Against Hereditary Cancer Conference in 2009.  She currently serves as an Outreach Leader and a Peer Navigator.  Tammy joined the FORCE Board of Directors earlier this year.  This year she participated in her first Run Disney event, which she plans to do again next year.   Tammy has been married for 25 years and currently lives in Florida with her husband and two children.

Are you interested in ways you can make a difference in the lives of those touched by hereditary cancer?  Please reach out for a conversation with VP of Leadership Gifts, Marcy Rubic at (866) 288-7475 ext. 715 or

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