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Whether you have been diagnosed with cancer, just learned about your hereditary cancer risk or have known about it for many years, trained FORCE volunteers are available to offer confidential support.

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Hi! My name is Marina Richeson and I am the Connecticut Volunteer Outreach Leader 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 me. I am 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. I 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

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 Facebook.

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

Marina Richeson

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You're Invited to a FORCE Get-Together September 20, 2018, 7:00-8:00 pm

Hartford HealthCare

The Education Room
1290 Silas Deane Hwy
Wethersfield, CT 06109

Facilitated by John Neary, MS, CGC

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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, supportive and confidential 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 October 30, 2018, 6:00-7:30 pm

C. Anthony and Jean Whittingham Cancer Center
Norwalk Hospital Radiation Oncology Conference Room
34 Maple Street
Norwalk, CT 06850

Please park in the hospital parking garage, Maple Street entrance. Light refreshments will be served.

Topic: BRCA and Beyond: Learn about genetic risks and testing for many cancer types including breast, ovarian, uterine, colon, pancreatic, and more.

Facilitated by Michelle Dailey, LMFT, Family Therapist-Oncology, Norwalk Hospital

Speakers:  George Zahrah, MD, Medical Director, Cancer Genetics Program with Genetic Counselors Susan Ingram, LCGC and Jessica Lipschutz, LCGC

For more information and to register, please contact or the Smilow Family Breast Health Center at 203-852-2300

In partnership with FORCE: Facing Our Risk of Cancer 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.

Sign up today!

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