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Welcome to the home page for the Southern NJ/Philadelphia 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 local and national Facebook pages.

If you are looking for support or information, reach out to our Southern NJ/Philadelphia Network peer support group leaders: Jill Oster, Katrina Wells and Danielle Altersitz. Please contact Diane Rose if you are unable to connect with local volunteers.


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Events

Yoga Fundraiser

You're Invited to a FORCE Fundraiser October 1, 2017 4:00-5:15 pm

Main Line Yoga Shala
711 Montgomery Avenue
Penn Valley, PA 19072

Celebrate with Erica Taxin Bleznak during Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer Awareness Week

Link breath and movement to beautiful live music by Mira Newman and Tammy Keokunian for this special all levels yoga class taught by Erica and help make a difference. 

Register today: DONATIONS:$20 pre-registration $25 at the door
Can’t make it? Show your support and make a donation today. 

 


You're Invited to a FORCE Get-Together October 8, 2017 1:00-3:00 pm

Capital Health Medical Center – Hopewell
Radiation Oncology Conference Room
One Capital Way
Pennington, NJ 08534

RSVP to Jill at jillo@facingourrisk.org

Did you know undergoing surgically or chemically induced menopause could put you at risk for cognitive difficulties? During menopause, many women subjectively report a decrease in their cognitive functioning, including difficulty with concentration, memory and attention. Women who undergo acute surgically-induced menopause through removal of the ovaries (oophorectomy) are at a greater risk for these symptoms. Dr. Neill Epperson and her study team at the Penn Center for Women’s Behavioral Wellness are seeking women to help understand the effects of a stimulant medication (Vyvanse®) on memory and attention in women who underwent surgically-induced menopause. The research study involves functional brain imaging, cognitive tests and blood draws. Participants will be compensated for their time. Contact our team: https://www.med.upenn.edu/penn-promotes/pcwbw-research.html.

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!


Annual Philadelphia Union & FORCE Breast Cancer Awareness Night 10/22/17 4:00 pm

Annual Philadelphia Union & FORCE Breast Cancer Awareness Night October 22, 2017 4:00 pm

FORCE is proud to be a part of Breast Cancer Awareness night, Union vs. Orlando City SC soccer game. We hope you and your family/friends can join us for this fun evening. A ticket costs $30 with $5 donated to FORCE. Once purchased online, tickets can be picked up at will call on game day.

Purchase tickets today!

FORCE will be honored during the pre-game ceremony:

  • with their Hometown Hero award and
  • the opportunity for all FORCE attendees (adults and children) to walk on the field as flag carriers during the playing of the National Anthem*

*If you are interested in walking on the field with FORCE, be sure to click on flag carriers when purchasing tickets to reserve your spot(s). You may need to arrive up to 2 hours prior to the game to practice before the players warm up. The Philadelphia Union may provide flag carrier shirts to all who participate. The photo above shows the flag carriers.

Help FORCE spread the word on social media and by word of mouth with friends, family and co-workers to fill the seats and raise breast cancer awareness to all the fans in the stadium. Contact Sandy at sandrac@facingourrisk.org with any questions.


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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!


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