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Welcome to the home page for the New York City Network for FORCE: Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered! Here you will find information on our local efforts to help individuals and families affected by hereditary breast, ovarian and related cancers connect for support, awareness, resources, education, advocacy and fundraising.

Sign up on your right to receive information about our local networking and educational events via email and like us on our national Facebook page. 

If you are looking for support or information, reach out to our New York City Network peer support group leaders: Jane Herman and Karen Singer. Please contact Diane Rose if you are unable to connect with local volunteers.

Jane Herman

Jane Herman (email)

Karen Singer

Karen Singer (email)


You're Invited to a FORCE Get-Together April 3, 2017 6:30-8:00 pm

Gilda’s Club NYC
195 West Houston Street
New York, NY 10014

RSVP to Karen at

Facilitators:  Jane Herman and Karen Singer

Topic: Managing the Expectations and Realities of Recovery

Join other previvors and survivors for a discussion around reasonable expectations following surgery and how to cope with realities that you may not have anticipated. In addition to addressing members’ questions and concerns, we’ll have time to network and share with others in the hereditary breast and ovarian (HBOC) community. This meeting is for women only.

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!

FORCE Spring Makeover and Fundraiser

FORCE Spring Makeover and Fundraiser May 1, 2017 6:00-8:00 PM

Join New York City's FORCE co-leaders Jane Herman and Karen Singer for an evening with Ramy Gafni Celebrity Make-up Artist

Monday, May 1, 2017 6-8 pm
Village Pourhouse
64 Third Avenue (at 11th Street)
New York, NY

$65 per person includes appetizers, 2 drink tickets, and your chance to be chosen as Ramy's model for either a make-up or guy brow demo at the event.

Purchase your tickets today!

Enjoy an evening of make-up and beauty tips from celebrity make-up artist and brow expert Ramy Gafni. Best-selling author of How to Fake Real Beauty: Tricks of the Trade to Master Your Makeup, Ramy will inspire you with his personal story, work experiences, “minimum make-up, maximum impact” application techniques, and his trademarked eyebrow sculpting for men – the “guybrow.”  

“As a makeup artist, I've spent my career (actually, my whole life!) seeking out the best formulas, ingredients, and colors to transform anyone into a glowing, radiant beauty! Passing this knowledge and experience, not to mention industry secrets on to you is my mission.”

Don't miss out on chance drawings for great prizes

Two lucky attendees will be chosen to receive at the event that evening:

  • A makeup application demo by Ramy
  • A “guybrow” demo by Ramy

There also will be additional (optional) opportunities to enter our Chance Drawings to win these fabulous prizes (suggested donation of $10.00* per chance):

  • Samples of Ramy's cosmetics and an autographed copy of Ramy’s best-selling book, How to Fake Real Beauty: estimated value $119
  • A pair of tickets to Broadway’s Phantom of the Opera, including a backstage tour: estmated value $500
  • An autographed copy of Visual Intelligence: Sharpen Your Perception, Change Your Life by Amy  Herman, president of The Art of Perception: estimated value $28
  • A one-hour writing/coaching session with author Georgia Clark and a copy of her book The Regulars: estimated value $125
  • A Billow Pillow: estimated value $195
  • A professional massage: estimated value $110
  • A professional acupuncture treatment: estimated value $150
  • Multiple copies of I Am With You: Love Letters to Cancer Patients, edited by Nancy Novack, Ph.D. and Barbara K. Richardson: estimated value $16.95 each
  • And more!


NYC FORCE Gathering in Orlando June 9, 2017 

Join other NYC group members for an informal, no-host dinner in Orlando at the Joining FORCES Conference. Additional details will be provided prior to the conference.

Email Karen at for information


Joining FORCEs Conference June 8-10, 2017 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!

Learn more about the conference and how to register

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What's new

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.

Learn more or sign up today!

FORCE:Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered