Lillian Byer Fund
The Lillian Byer Fund supports the work of FORCE outreach groups and helps bring people to our annual conference who would not otherwise be able to attend. Lillian Byer's courageous story was highlighted in FORCE’s Ashkenazi Jewish People and the BRCA Connection video
A pioneer and trailblazer for the hereditary cancer community, Sue exemplifies the term “hero” with her unparalleled leadership and tireless pursuit of reform, research and advances on behalf of our community.
A talented author, Kathy used her writing and research skills to help others make difficult and important health care decisions. Her book, The Breast Reconstruction Guidebook, has been the comprehensive and invaluable bible that thousands of women have relied on for balanced, unbiased information about mastectomy and post-mastectomy options.
consider myself very lucky to be surviving hereditary BRCA1+, Triple Negative breast cancer... If you'd like to get to know me...and learn some more about this disease, check out my "blog" of sorts... www.abreastcancerjournal.blogspot.com
When my children are old enough – some twenty years from now – I hope and pray they will have different options if they carry my genetic mutation. My son and daughter each have a 50% risk of inheriting it. I am a glass-half-full person and optimistic that they both will be negative. But, just in case, hedging our bets by advocating for awareness and R&D advancement seems prudent.
There are two heroes in my life: my mother Julia and my daughter Dana.
Teri Smieja wears many hats: previvor, mom, wife, advocate. We first met Teri through her blog,Teri’s Blip in the Universe. Her insightful, witty, helpful, and heartfelt prose on previvorship resonated with many in our community. Later, with her dear friend Karen Malkin-Lazavoritz, she founded BRCA Sisterhood, a Facebook community.
Dr. C. Andrew Salzberg and Dr. R. Michael Koch
Dr. C. Andrew Salzberg and Dr. R. Michael Koch of the New York Group for Plastic Surgery are superheroes for the skill and compassion they provide to women undergoing mastectomy breast reconstruction to treat or prevent breast cancer.
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