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Hi! We are Carly Miller, Sarah Spaltro, Amy Yoffe, Brenda Lam, and Marlene Cunningham and we are the Los Angeles & West Valley/Ventura Volunteer Outreach Leaders for FORCE: Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered! If you have any questions or are in need of support or information, please feel free to e-mail us. We are happy to chat about available resources, information, and support that you may find helpful. As you navigate your hereditary breast, ovarian and related cancers experience, know that you are not alone and that you can reach out at any time. We look forward to hearing from you.

You can also be matched to someone who shares a similar experience as you through FORCE’s Peer Navigation Program. Learn more at www.facingourrisk.org/pnp.

Be sure to sign up (on the right side of this page) to receive critical health information and learn about our local networking and educational events via e-mail so we can stay connected. Like us on our national and local Facebook pages. 

If you need immediate assistance, please contact Diane Rose, VP of Volunteer Programs.


Brenda Lam (West Valley / Ventura)

Brenda Lam (West Valley / Ventura) (email)

Amy Yoffe (West Valley / Ventura)

Amy Yoffe (West Valley / Ventura) (email)

Marlene Cunningham (West Valley / Ventura)

Marlene Cunningham (West Valley / Ventura) (email)

Sarah Spaltro, Los Angeles

Sarah Spaltro, Los Angeles (email)

Carly Miller, Los Angeles

Carly Miller, Los Angeles (email)


Events

You're Invited to a FORCE Get-Together October 7, 2018 10:30 am - 1:00 pm

Los Angeles Area

Playa Pacific Town Homes at the Club House
6415 Hannum Avenue
Culver City, CA 90230

RSVP to Sarah Spaltro at sarah.spaltro@gmail.com or (310) 880-1188

Guest Speaker: Rachel Shapiro, CGC at UCLA Health. Rachel will be available during the meeting to answer questions about genetic counseling and testing.

Rachel Shapira, ScM, LCGC, is a genetic counselor certified by the American Board or Genetic Counseling and licensed in California. She received her BA from Wesleyan University in 2000, with majors in Theater and Science in Society. She received her Master of Science degree from the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health/National Human Genome Research Institute Genetic Counseling Program in 2014. Prior to her genetic counseling career, Rachel worked in myriad roles and settings, from nonprofit to high tech. Before joining the UCLA team, she was a genetic counselor in the St. Joseph Hospital Cancer Genetics Program and at GeneTestNow, a non-profit initiative providing education about Jewish genetic diseases and carrier screening. In addition to her current clinical work, she volunteers with hereditary breast and ovarian cancer organizations including FORCE and Sharsheret. She enjoys presenting to patient and community groups, from high school seniors to rabbinical students, on the topics of hereditary cancer and Jewish genetic diseases.

As a reminder, men are always welcome to attend FORCE meetings.  Whether you have test positive for a hereditary cancer mutation or are here to support someone who has, you are welcome in our group.

Do you have a family history of breast, ovarian or related cancer? Are you considering genetic testing, waiting for results, or have already tested positive for a BRCA mutation or another gene mutation associated with increased cancer risk?

Here's your chance to meet others who know what you're going through, to ask questions, learn or just listen in a safe and supportive environment. You are not alone. Join us and live your life empowered!


You're Invited to the Joining FORCEs Conference October 18-20, 2018 in San Diego, California 

Attend the 11th annual Joining FORCEs Against Hereditary Cancer conference because hereditary cancer knowledge can be life-saving. This is an international conference designed by and for people and families affected by hereditary cancer and will present the latest research on these cancers and a wide range of topics about making medical decisions, quality-of-life and long-term health outcomes.

Attendees include people concerned about hereditary cancer: survivors, previvors, people with a mutation or family history of cancer, patient advocates, researchers, and health care providers who treat high-risk patients.

As an attendee, you will have the opportunity to enroll in research, meet world-renowned hereditary cancer experts, share experiences and network with others who have a first-hand understanding of all you are going through. We hope you’ll join us!

Learn more about the conference and how to register


You're Invited to a FORCE Get-Together November 4, 2018, 10:30 am - 2:00 pm

West Valley/Ventura Area

Cancer Support Community
530 Hampshire RD
Westlake Village, CA

RSVP to Amy at amy@facingourrisk.org

*Reminder that daylight savings begins, so please be sure to move your clocks back.* 

As we discuss our hereditary cancer risk, the first questions asked often relate to breast and ovarian cancer.  We educate ourselves about which doctors to see, whether to choose surveillance or surgery, how to manage menopause symptoms, etc.  But what about our concerns that go beyond breast and ovarian cancer?  What additional screenings might be appropriate? What about the medical needs of men living with a genetic mutation? 

As a reminder, men are always welcome to attend FORCE meetings.  Whether you have tested positive for a hereditary cancer mutation or are here to support someone who has, you are welcome in our group.

Do you have a family history of breast, ovarian or related cancer? Are you considering genetic testing, waiting for results, or have already tested positive for a BRCA mutation or another gene mutation associated with increased cancer risk?

Here's your chance to meet others who know what you're going through, to ask questions, learn or just listen in a safe and supportive environment. You are not alone. Join us and live your life empowered!


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Free Resources Available for Survivors, Previvors and Caregivers! 

Whether you have already been diagnosed, just learned about your hereditary cancer risk or have known about it for many years, FORCE’s Peer Navigation Program provides important information for you and your family. You will be matched to a trained Peer Navigator volunteer who understands your situation for confidential and personalized phone support. Following the call, you will receive a free guide filled with expert-reviewed resources that will help you make informed medical decisions with your doctors.

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We Need YOU!

Become an Outreach Group Leader Volunteer!! FORCE is looking for passionate and motivated individuals to help ensure that no one travels the hereditary cancer journey alone in the Los Angeles area. You'll help set up local meetings for FORCE members and assist in planning and setting up other events and activities. For more information, fill out the volunteer survey if interested.


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