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Welcome to the home page for the Virginia Beach 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 Virginia Beach Network peer support group leaders are Michelle BraunGosia Pado and Bobbye Sinclair. Please contact Sandy Cohen if you are unable to connect with local volunteers.

Michelle Braun

Michelle Braun (email)

Gosia Pado

Gosia Pado (email)

Bobbye Sinclair

Bobbye Sinclair (email)

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Support Meeting May 25, 2016 6:30 pm

A member's home

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Topic: Genetics and risk of developing cancer and how to navigate options for genetic testing

Guest Speaker: Jessa Blount, MS, CGC, Certified Genetic Counselor with Sentara Medical Group

Ms. Blount is a graduate of the Genetic Counseling Program at University of Michigan where she received a research grant to investigate the role of genetic counseling in prenatal testing. Ms. Blount currently works in the cancer genetics field and has a special interest in providing individuals and families with education regarding how genes influence hereditary risks to breast, ovarian, colon, and other cancers.

What: Learn about genetics and their role in developing disease. Also meet 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. We hope you can join us!


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FORCE:Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered