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Happy New Year HBOC Community! Happy 18th Birthday, FORCE!

December 31, 2016

Note: This post, which originally was published on 1/1/15 has been updated and reposted on 12/31/16.

New Year’s is always a nostalgic time for me. Tonight at just a few seconds after the stroke of midnight, FORCE and the community we have built will turn 18! In

1999, I founded FORCE, not because I made a conscious choice to start a nonprofit organization on New Year’s Day, but because following my recovery from cancer, that day signified the tipping point between my need to rejoin my life-in-progress as a veterinarian and my desire to affect positive change—through more information, research and resource—for the HBOC community. The goal then, as it remains now, was to improve the lives of people facing hereditary cancer, and to make sure that no one has to face this experience alone!

The work of FORCE has not always been easy, especially in the early days of FORCE, when we had only a small, volunteer team. And even now, eighteen years later, we still face challenges. In 2016 we lost 100s of hours of effort and tens of thousands of dollars with the cancellation of our 10th annual conference due to hurricane Matthew. But we are a community that possesses great resilience and passion. Thanks to the dedication of our staff and the help of over 300 devoted volunteers, we were able to reschedule the conference for June 8-10, 2017. And, as always, we look forward to continue serving our community in the new year through our slate of strong programs and initiatives.

I hope that our community too feels energized and hopeful. In the spirit of shared enthusiasm, here is a list of things that people can do to effect positive change for themselves, for the HBOC community, and for FORCE:

To everyone in the community, Happy New Year! Be empowered and be well!


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  1. Anonymous says:

    Excellent work! Your work touches so many. Happy Birthday FORCE!

  2. Amy Crandall says:

    Your work is inspiring!!!

  3. Amy Wu says:

    Excellent message and well said. Good work and there is still much to be done!

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