"I was 9 years old when I learned my mom had the gene mutation that caused breast and ovarian cancer. I was 9 years old when she decided to have a mastectomy and hysterectomy so that she could reduce her chances of getting cancer. And, I was 9 years old when I first heard the name FORCE mentioned in our house. Now, I hear FORCE mentioned all of the time and so there was never any question in my mind when it came time to select my Bat Mitzvah project that I wanted to give back to FORCE for all of the information and support they have given to my mom and my family.
"For my Mitzvah project I am selling notecards, bookmarks and magnets and giving the money to FORCE I am also participating, with my mom, in our synagogue’s annual Men’s Club Health Fair where we will have a booth and educate people on the warning signs of hereditary breast and ovarian cancer. And, I will speak about FORCE in the speech I give on my Bat Mitzvah day. I hope that my efforts will give the gift of life – and the gift of FORCE – to others who may need to learn about hereditary breast and ovarian cancer."