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Welcome to the home page for the Maryland 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, ovarian and related cancers.

Our Maryland Network peer support group leaders are (left to right) Lisa Brandenburg, Kimberly Jackson, Lara Diamond and Chelsea Needel. Please contact Sandy Cohen if you are unable to connect with local volunteers.

Lisa Brandenburg

Lisa Brandenburg (email)

Kimberly Jackson

Kimberly Jackson (email)

Lara Diamond

Lara Diamond (email)

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Dress for a Cure, December 18, 2015, The Frederick News-Post


CAYA – Cancer Risk and Young Adulthood Study

CAYA – Cancer Risk and Young Adulthood Study

CAYA, Cancer Risk and Young Adulthood, is a study for young women between the ages of 18-30 that have a 1st or 2nd degree relative that has tested positive for the BRCA1/2 mutation. The study is designed to gather information about how familial cancer risks impact the lives of young adult women and may help us to develop tools to help them manage their cancer risk.  Participants can be tested or untested for the BRCA1/2 mutation. The research team at Georgetown University is interested in learning what you know, think, and feel about having a cancer risk to develop better tools to help you manage that risk. Click here for additional information.

For questions about the study, please contact Chalanda Evans at

Support Meeting June 18, 2016 2:00-4:00 pm

Dublin Roaster's Coffee Shop
1780 N. Market Street
Frederick, MD 21701  

RSVP to Lisa at
Do you have a family history of breast, ovarian or related cancers? Are you considering genetic testing or have you tested positive for a mutation in BRCA or another gene associated with increased cancer risk? You are not alone.

FORCE exists to improve the lives of individuals and families facing hereditary breast, ovarian and related cancers. Maryland 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.

Click here to see all upcoming events in this area

FORCE:Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered