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Welcome to the home page for the South Florida 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 Miami Beach Network outreach coordinators are Debbie Setuain (left) and Christy Thacker (right).

Debbie  Christy

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Second Annual Rock N Run Cancer-Cure Benefit Raises $46K, November 21, 2014, Tribune Pinecrest

EMBRACA Study - PARP inhibitor clinical trial for advanced breast cancer

BioMarin is enrolling EMBRACA, a Phase 3 study of talazoparib, a PARP inhibitor, in patients with locally advanced and/or metastatic BRCA+ breast cancer. For more information on EMBRACA visit or contact the research team at:

University of Miami - Deerfield Beach Facility 
Deerfield Beach, FL
Contact: Name: Lori Kronish
Number: 954-461-2111


Memorial Cancer Institute DBA Memorial Healthcare System 
Hollywood, FL
Principal Investigator: Alejandra Perez, MD 
Contact: Alejandra Perez, MD 
Number: 954-265-4325
Alternative Contact: Denise Francis
Number: 954-265-2796


Support Meeting April 26, 2015 12:00 - 2:30 pm

Location to be determined

RSVP to Debbie at

Guest Speaker:  Talia Donenberg (UM genetic counselor)

Talia Donenberg, M.S.,CGC is co-director of the cancer genetics clinics at University of Miami since the year 2000 and has over 20 years experience in the field of genetic counseling and cancer. She is a diplomate of the American Board of Genetic Counseling since 1996. She obtained her batchelor’s degree at Columbia University and her master’s degree in Human Genetics at Sarah Lawrence college. She lectures to lay and professional audiences in the US, Caribbean and South America in English and Spanish and is published in peer reviewed journals. Her research includes BRCA and PALB2 mutations and breast cancer in the Caribbean, provision of responsible genetic services and long term management of BRCA patients.
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.

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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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FORCE:Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered