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Meet Our TeamFORCE Heroes

TeamFORCE Heroes

You inspire us every day with your accomplishments.

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Channel your passion for fighting hereditary breast, ovarian and related cancers into a custom event you create. The only limit is your imagination!

Wendy Unger Schapira

Wendy Unger Schapira

Wendy recently celebrated her 68th birthday and felt that this occasion was a great opportunity for her to raise money for FORCE. Having attained an age where she has all the material objects she needs to survive and thrive, she asked those who wanted to give her a gift to please make that gift a donation to FORCE. As Wendy says in her inspirational story: "I'd rather they spend the money in a way that can help the world and this is my world." Like Wendy, you, too can join TeamFORCE and celebrate your special milestone or express your passion for fighting hereditary cancer by creating your own fundraising event. #GoTeamFORCE

Rockwood Family

Rockwood Family

Six siblings, two cancer diagnoses, one miracle baby and the discovery that they all have Lynch Syndrome. This family will inspire you with their amazing story of love, support for each other and how they came together to form a runDisney Princess Team and raised $6,000 for FORCE. Melissa, David, Jennifer, Katie, Elizabeth and two other family members ran the 10K and five of their children ran the 5K race. We are grateful to the Rockwood family for sharing their story to encourage, inspire and motivate the hereditary breast, ovarian and related cancers community to speak out, spread awareness and raise dollars for research, support, education and advocacy for a better future for our children. Like these Heroes, you, too, can join us at a runDisney weekend or express your passion for fighting hereditary cancer by creating your own fundraising event. #GoTeamFORCE

TeamFORCE Baja

TeamFORCE Baja

Twelve women – one mission. Run the Ragnar Relay Napa Valley and cover 200 miles in 30 hours while raising funds for FORCE. Pushing their limits to meet personal goals during the heat of the day and cold of the night while running through the beautiful Napa Valley, this group of friends has taken their annual tradition to a new level. Raising $3,800 to date for TeamFORCE Baja has been a huge accomplishment, not only for themselves but also the hereditary breast, ovarian and related cancers community. #GoTeamFORCE

Julie Powers

Julie Powers

Not only was Julie Powers one of the youngest individuals to be tested for the BRCA genetic mutation, she was also one of the youngest women to have a prophylactic double mastectomy to manage her risk of breast cancer at the young age of 21. Why would Julie make this decision? She had a 50% chance of inheriting the BRCA genetic mutation from both sides of her family. Raising money through Keepers of the Dream is Julie’s and her family’s way to help ensure that Julie’s daughter and all future generations have better options than Julie had to reduce her risk for developing breast and ovarian cancer.

Zoe Richman and Olivia & Abigail Zahl

Zoe Richman and Olivia & Abigail Zahl

This October, three young girls are making a huge impact for FORCE with a very creative idea for their Bat and B’Nai Mitzvah projects. Zoe, Olivia and Abigail are looking forward to their special days in 2017. For their projects, they are coming together to raise awareness for hereditary breast cancer by tying pink ribbons around the trees and lampposts in Rye Brook, NY during breast cancer awareness month. Zoe lost her mother to breast cancer and wants to help in the fight to prevent other children from losing their mother. Olivia and Abigail are celebrating their mother’s health since her breast cancer diagnosis in April.

Ellyn Davidson

Ellyn Davidson

I am running a half Marathon to support an organization I’ve been involved with since my diagnosis. FORCE: Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered is a 16 year old organization dedicated to helping families with hereditary cancer. Nearly a year ago, I joined their board and now proudly serve as board president. I've formed a team to run or walk the Detroit Free Press Marathon and I've set a goal for Team FORCE runs Detroit to raise $20,000 for an organization that does so much for so many.

Katie Oberlin

Katie Oberlin

The threat of breast cancer's been in my life since my mom was diagnosed when I was 12. Three other family members also developed breast cancer, so we knew it was more than a coincidence. In 2014, I decided to take steps to reduce my risk.

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