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Los Angeles Network for FORCE coordinatorsWelcome to the home page for the Los Angeles Network for FORCE: Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered! Here you will find information on our local efforts to provide information, support, awareness, and advocacy for individuals and families affected by hereditary breast and ovarian cancer.

Our Los Angeles Network outreach coordinators are: Joanne Kreindel (left) and Linee Zajic.

West Valley / Ventura

Our West Valley/ Ventura Network outreach coordinators are Brenda Lam, Amy Yoffe and Marlene Cunningham (left to right).

Brenda  Amy  Marlene

Young Women's Group

la young womens group leadersOur Young Women's Group outreach coordinators are Lindsay Perlman (left) and Michelle Barsook.

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Support Meeting -  West Valley/ Ventura September 7, 2014  10:30 am - 2:00 pm

RSVP for directions to Amy at

Do you have a family history of breast and/or ovarian cancer? Have you tested positive for a BRCA mutation? Are you considering genetic testing? You are not alone.

FORCE exists to improve the lives of individuals and families facing hereditary breast and ovarian cancer. Local area FORCE is holding our quarterly get-together and we hope you can join us!

Learn from other people who are navigating the hereditary cancer path. Help someone else by sharing your story. This is a great chance to meet some local area FORCE members and/or catch up with those you’ve met at previous get-togethers.

BRCA Symposium - 20th Anniversary of the Discovery of the BRCA Gene September 13, 2014 4:00-5:30 pm

Sofitel Hotel Los Angeles
8555 Beverly Blvd (across from Beverly Center)

Registration is required.  Contact Fay Shapiro at 310-423-5800 or email her at

This free event is sponsored by the Women's Cancer Program at the Samuel Oschin Comprehensive Cancer Institute at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center

Light refreshments will be served, and parking will be validated.

FORCE Founder and Executive Director, Sue Friedman, will be one of the guest speakers. 

You'll hear internationally recognized experts discuss new strategies for genetic testing, cancer screening and prevention, as well as management strategies and advocacy efforts focused on individuals with a BRCA mutation.

Kickin' Cancer Walk/Run - September

FORCE Fundraiser, September 14, 2014, 9:00am

11620 San Vicente Blvd
Brentwood, CA

It's Kickin' Cancer time again!

For the 5th year we are excited to be joining forces with the Lynne Cohen Foundation Kickin' Cancer 5K Walk/Run and Family Expo

In the past four years Team FORCE has raised close to $60,000 to help fund programs for the women and families bravely facing breast and ovarian cancer.


This year there is no registration fee. So come join us and start your own personal fundraising page. Help us reach our goal of raising $20,000!!

Money raised by Team FORCE will go to the following:
· 50% to FORCE to fund ovarian cancer related activities.
· 50% to the Lynne Cohen Foundation to fund genetic testing for the under served/uninsured at the Lynne Cohen

Preventive Care Clinic for Women's Cancers at USC/Norris Cancer Center in Los Angeles and for ovarian cancer research.

The Lynne Cohen Foundation is dedicated to providing state-of-the-art, comprehensive patient care for women and families at increased risk of ovarian and breast cancer through the Lynne Cohen Preventive Care Programs; supporting research aimed at finding an ovarian cancer early detection test; and to supporting and enabling highly-focused, multi-institutional research which will lead to effective prevention strategies and interventions to improve the quality of life and survival rates of women with ovarian and breast cancer.

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Take the FORCE Challenge and raise $150, $300, $450 ... $1,500 or more to help others Live Life Empowered.

FORCE Live Life Empowered

Join FORCE's 15th anniversary celebration and Live Life Empowered! If FORCE has helped you in your hereditary cancer journey, now's your chance to pay it forward. You can make a difference by making a donation or by sharing your empowerment story on a personal online fundraising page. No matter which option you choose, your action will make more anniversary celebrations possible.

FORCE challenges you to raise $150 to help others Live Life Empowered! We are looking for at least 15 local members to join our city's team! Can we count on you?

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