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Hi! We are Carly Miller, Sarah Spaltro, Amy Yoffe, Brenda Lam, Marlene Cunningham and Eva SooHoo 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.

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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)

Eva SooHoo, Los Angeles

Eva SooHoo, Los Angeles (email)


You're Invited to a FORCE Get-Together February 17, 2019, 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

Note: please let the guard know you are here to see until 6415. There is assigned guest parking available inside the community. The meeting will be held at the club house.

Guest Speaker: Wendy Conlon, MS, CGC, LGC at UCLA Health. Wendy will be available during the meeting to answer questions about genetic counseling and testing.

Wendy Conlon, MS, CGC, is a genetic counselor board certified by the American Board of Genetic Counseling and licensed in California. She received her MS in genetics from the University of Arizona’s genetic counseling program in 2000, and received her BA from the University of Vermont in 1988. Before attending graduate school, she worked in a laboratory at the University of Vermont Cancer Center and performed genetic testing for hereditary cancer predisposition for Lynch syndrome, retinoblastoma, Li-Fraumeni syndrome and others. Prior to coming to UCLA, her career as a genetic counselor has included over 12 years in the biotechnology industry working with physicians, scientists and patients in the development and provision of genetic testing, focusing on hereditary cancer and endocrinology. She has also worked as a clinical genetic counselor in varied settings, including adult cancer genetics, assisted reproductive technology and prenatal and preconception genetics.

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 a FORCE Get-Together February 24, 2019, 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

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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