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Welcome to the home page for the Minnesota 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 Minneosta Network peer support group leaders are Teri Woodhull (left) and Pamela Hennen (right). Please contact Sandy Cohen if you are unable to connect with local volunteers.

Teri Woodhull

Teri Woodhull (email)

Pamela Hennen

Pamela Hennen (email)

What's new

We hold meetings approximately every 2 months – the exact day is dependent on the availability of our meeting room but generally falls on a Monday evening (6:30-8:30pm) in the months of January, March, May/June, August and October/November.


Powerful Journey of Hereditary Cancer Exhibit September 6-October 30, 2016

Regla De Oro - Art Gallery & Fair Trade Gifts is hosting an art exhibit featuring local artists who have been impacted by Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer (HBOC). The exhibit is powerfully inspiring and helps tell the story of the HBOC journey in images, paintings and sculptures. 

The exhibit is open to the public from September 6 - October 30, 2016 during Regla De Oro's normal business hours.  In addition to helping raise awareness about HBOC proceeds from the sale of the art will be donated to FORCE.

Special Previvor Day Event September 28, 2016 4:00-8:00 pm

On Wednesday September 28th from 4-8pm as part of the Powerful Journey of Hereditary Cancer exhibit Regla De Oro - Art Gallery & Fair Trade Gifts will be hosting a reception in honor of National Previvor Day.  The event is open to all - family friendly and free to attend!

Regla De Oro-Art Gallery & Fair Trade Gifts
2743 Lyndale Ave S, 55408 Minneapolis, MN

Click HERE for more details



(We had a scheduling conflict and need to change the date of the October meeting – we’re going back to a Monday night and will try a Saturday for the next meeting!)

Support Meeting October 17, 2016 6:30-8:30 PM

Lunds & Byerly's
Community Room (located inside store)
3777 Park Center Boulevard
St. Louis Park, MN 55416

No RSVP needed

Questions? Teri 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. Minnesota 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.

Click here to see all upcoming events in this area

Peer Navigation Support Program

Sign up for FORCE's new Peer Navigation Support Program! You can now get matched to a specially trained Peer Navigator volunteer who has traveled a similar journey as yours to receive confidential 1:1 phone support and a free personalized guide of expert-reviewed resources. You no longer need to spend time researching this important information and finding someone to talk to who understands the decisions you face. This program does it all for you. In addition, participation will empower you to make informed decisions with your healthcare providers.   

This program is for you if:

  • You are considering genetic testing or have tested positive for BRCA mutation or another gene associated with increased cancer risk.
  • You have recently been diagnosed with cancer.
  • You feel alone.
  • You feel pressure to quickly learn and understand the options available to manage cancer risk.
  • You want to obtain information that could empower you to make important decisions with your healthcare providers.
  • You are a survivor, previvor or a caregiver living in the United States.

Topics that you can select for your free personalized online guide include: genetic testing, legal protections, sharing with family, cancer treatment, risk management guidelines, screening for cancer, breast reconstruction, paying for services, quality of life issues, managing menopause, support, research and more.

Joining FORCE's Conference October 6-8, 2016 in Orlando, Florida

Joining FORCE’s Conference October 6-8, 2016 in Orlando, Florida

Attend the 10th annual conference because hereditary cancer knowledge can be life-saving. It's 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.

You will have the opportunity to enroll in research, meet experts, share experiences and network with others who have first-hand understanding of all you are going through. We hope you'll join us!

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