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Welcome to the home page for the Cleveland 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 Cleveland Network peer support group leaders are Mary Foti (left) and Donna Amendola (right). Please contact Sandy Cohen if you are unable to connect with local volunteers.

Mary Foti and Donna Amendola

Mary Foti and Donna Amendola

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Support Meeting October 24, 2016 6:30-8:00 pm

The Gathering Place - West Side location

The Gathering Place West
800 Sharon Drive
Westlake, OH 44145  

Questions to Donna at or Mary at

1) Do you have a personal and/or family history of breast, ovarian, prostate, melanoma, pancreatic or other cancers?

2) Have you tested positive for a BRCA mutation (or another mutation) which raises the risk of certain hereditary cancers?

3) Are you or a family member considering genetic testing?

If so, YOU ARE NOT ALONE! Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered (FORCE) exists to improve the lives of individuals and families facing these hereditary cancers. The Cleveland FORCE group is holding our quarterly meeting and we invite you to join us! Learn from other people who are navigating the hereditary cancer path and help someone else by sharing your story. We are here to help!

No fee and no RSVP required. Men and women are welcome.

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.

FORCE:Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered