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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! We are Michelle Smoot, Joan Bruns, Krista Suozza and Joanne Kelly and we are the Missouri 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

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.

Michelle Smoot (Kansas City)

Michelle Smoot (Kansas City) (email)

Joan Bruns (Kansas City)

Joan Bruns (Kansas City) (email)

Joanne Kelly (St. Louis/Metro East)

Joanne Kelly (St. Louis/Metro East) (email)

You're Invited to a FORCE Get-Together December 10, 2018 6:30-8:30 pm

Joan's Home in Lee's Summit, MO

RSVP for the address and directions to Joan at or 913-940-6003

Guest Speaker: Tattoo Artist, who will dicuss nipple and aereola tattoo options after a mastectomy.

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!

Click here to see all upcoming events in this area

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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