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If you have any questions or are in need of support or information, please feel free to email us. We are happy to chat about available resources, information, and support that you may find helpful. As you navigate your hereditary cancer experience, know that you are not alone and that you can reach out at any time. We look forward to hearing from you.

Scroll down the page to locate your local area support meetings. 

You can also be matched to someone who shares a similar experience as you through FORCE’s Peer Navigation Program. Learn more at www.facingourrisk.org/pnp.

If you need immediate assistance, please contact Diane Rose, VP of Volunteer Programs.

Events

Do you have a family history of cancer? Are you considering genetic testing, waiting for results, or have already tested positive for a genetic mutation?

You are not alone. Network with others who understand what you’re going through. It’s a great opportunity to ask questions or just listen in a safe, supportive environment. Feel free to bring a friend or family member.

Join us and live your life empowered!

Brighton Power of Pink Campaign October 1-31, 2021 ,

Brighton Power of Pink Campaign October 1-31, 2021
Additional Information

Power of Pink BraceletDonate to FORCE

Brighton Collectibles at The Promenade at Westlake chose FORCE as their Power of Pink Campaign charity. They will donate $10 for every 2021 Power of Pink bracelet purchased through October 31, 2021, which was designed to be a beacon of inspiration for all who are touched by breast cancer. The bracelet bears the words, "Faith, Gratitude, and Live life to the fullest." 

 

Sterling Silver Treasures Breast Cancer Awareness Necklace and Bracelet

The Island of Bali - brimming with nature's beauty and the artisanship of the world's most renowned jewelry artisans - was what the designers were inspired by in the creation of Brighton's sterling silver Power of Pink jewelry created to support breast cancer charities. 

The art of granulation is a jewelry-making technique where artisans use tiny silver balls to create intricate patterns and dates back to the 3rd millennium BC. The practice is kept alive on the island of Bali today where our designers traveled to learn about its detailed and intricate artisanship, delicate wire work and hand soldering. 

By wearing their beautiful Power of Pink selling silver jewelry, you can experience Bali's passion for craftsmanship while pressing your own passion for helping families touched by breast cancer. 

For each necklace or bracelet purchased, Brighton will donate $50 to FORCE. 

How to Shop 

Shop Brighton online to purchase your 2021 Power of Pink bracelet and for additional POP merchandise where FORCE receives a donation if you purchase from The Promenade at Westlake Brighton store or call (805) 449-1516 to place your phone order for curbside pickup or delivery. 


FORCE Virtual Support Meeting October 20, 2021, 6:00 pm Pacific Time

Led by

San Diego Leaders: Jill Rafia, Andrea Procko and Heather Clark

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Email Andrea at andreap@facingourrisk.org


Knowledge is Power: What You Need to Know About Hereditary Cancer Risk October 20, 2021, 7:00 pm Eastern Time

Hosted by

Monroe Township Public Library, NJ

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Registration is recommended, but not required. Click here for more information and to log into the event.

Join Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83239518914?pwd=ZXhIWDA5SmxSd1lYMkl4SzVIVzUydz09

Meeting ID: 832 3951 8914

Passcode: 906531

Additional Information

Medical and genetics experts will discuss how to determine and reduce hereditary cancer risk in a free, virtual program presented by the Monroe Township Public Library. 

Speakers will include Dr. Michael Nissenblatt, medical oncologist and clinical professor of medicine at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Brunswick; Melissa Gandhi, genetic counselor at the Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey; Abby Grayson, licensed professional counselor, BRCA1-positive and a “previvor;” and Scott Lanman, a volunteer with FORCE (Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered).

This virtual program is coordinated by Sandra Lanman of East Brunswick. It will be presented via Zoom in memory of her daughter, Sheryl Lanman Nichols, who died of metastatic hereditary breast cancer in 2015 at age 34, with no known family history of breast cancer.


FORCE Virtual Financial Educational and Support Meeting October 25, 2021, 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm Pacific Time

Led by

Briana Arnold and Jana Lesko

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Email Jana at janal@facingourrisk.org

Additional Information

Guest Speaker: Joanna Morales, CEO, Triage Cancer

Discussion Topic: Financial and privacy concerns related to hereditary cancer (genetic testing, risk-reduction, treatment):

  • How to pick a health insurance plan – going into open enrollment
  • Health insurance consumer rights, including the appeals process
  • Disability insurance options
  • Disclosure and privacy
  • Applying for life insurance
  • Where to look for financial assistance

FORCE LGBTQIA+ Virtual Community Meeting October 26, 2021, 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm Pacific Time

FORCE LGBTQIA+ Virtual Community Meeting
Led by

Will L. (they/them) and Maddie W. (she/her)

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Register here 

Additional Information

Are you LGBTQIA+ and do you have a family history of cancer? Are you considering genetic testing, waiting for results, or have already tested positive for a genetic mutation? Are you looking for connection with other LGBTQIA+ people navigating hereditary cancer? You're invited to a virtual FORCE gathering! You are not alone. Connect with others who understand what you're going through. It's a great opportunity to ask questions or just listen in a safe, supportive environment.


FORCE Virtual Support Meeting November 14, 2021, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm Pacific Time

Led by

West Valley/Ventura Leaders: Amy Yoffe, LCSW and Brenda Lam

RSVP

Email Amy at amyoffe@sbcglobal.net

Additional Information

Guest Speaker: Dr. Andrew Li, Gynecologic Oncologist; Director of the Women’s Cancer Center at Cedars-Sinai


FORCE Virtual Support Meeting November 16, 2021, 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm Pacific Time

Led by

Bay Area Leaders: Rachel Hodan, MS, CGC and Amy Armes, LMFT

Hosted by

Bay Area Cancer Connections

RSVP

Email info@bayareacancer.org. Registration will be limited to 12 people so everyone has a chance to share and receive support. 


FORCE Virtual Men's Meeting January 5, 2022, 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm Eastern Time

FORCE Virtual Men's Meeting
Led by

Scott Lanman, Brad Hertz and Mike Philbin

RSVP

Register here

Additional Information

Join other men to ask questions and learn about information and resources available for you and your family. Knowledge is power, and here's a chance to hear how others are managing their inherited cancer or cancer risk.


FORCE People of Color Virtual Support Meeting January 12, 2022, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm Central Time

FORCE People of Color Virtual Support Meeting
Led by

Carmen Pace, Wenora Johnson, Forum Shah, MS, CGC, Karlena Lara-Otero Ph.D., MS, CGC, and Andrea Crawford, MS, CGC

RSVP

Register here

Additional Information

Register to attend or email Wenora at wenoraf@gmail.com if you have questions. Does cancer run in your family? Take charge of your health and learn about hereditary cancer and inherited mutations. Connect with other Black/African American, Asian, Latina, Hispanic and Indigenous people to share your story, ask questions or just listen in a safe, supportive environment. Partners, caregivers and loved ones are welcome.


Local Leaders

Annette Seelig (Walnut Creek)

Annette Seelig (Walnut Creek)
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Amy Yoffe, LCSW (West Valley / Ventura)

Amy Yoffe, LCSW (West Valley / Ventura)
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Marlene Cunningham (West Valley / Ventura)

Marlene Cunningham (West Valley / Ventura)
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Brenda Lam (West Valley / Ventura)

Brenda Lam (West Valley / Ventura)
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Carly Miller (Los Angeles)

Carly Miller (Los Angeles)
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Sarah Spaltro (Los Angeles)

Sarah Spaltro (Los Angeles)
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Annina Cooper, MS, LCGC (Kaiser Southern California Permanente Medical Group)

Annina Cooper, MS, LCGC (Kaiser Southern California Permanente Medical Group)
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Heather Clark (San Diego)

Heather Clark (San Diego)
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Andrea Procko (San Diego)

Andrea Procko (San Diego)
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Jill Rafia (San Diego)

Jill Rafia (San Diego)
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Rachel Hodan, MS, CGC (Bay Area Cancer Connections)

Rachel Hodan, MS, CGC (Bay Area Cancer Connections)
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Amy Armes, LMFT (Bay Area Cancer Connections)

Amy Armes, LMFT (Bay Area Cancer Connections)
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Courtney Rowe-Teeter, MS, CGC (Stanford Cancer Center South Bay)

Courtney Rowe-Teeter, MS, CGC (Stanford Cancer Center South Bay)
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Karlena Lara-Otero Ph.D., MS, CGC (Stanford Cancer Center South Bay)

Karlena Lara-Otero Ph.D., MS, CGC (Stanford Cancer Center South Bay)
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Chandler Means, MS, LCGC (Providence St. Joseph Health, Southern California Region, Genetic Medicine)

Chandler Means, MS, LCGC (Providence St. Joseph Health, Southern California Region, Genetic Medicine)
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Carol Ko, MS, LCGC (Providence St. Joseph Health, Southern California Region, Genetic Medicine)

Carol Ko, MS, LCGC (Providence St. Joseph Health, Southern California Region, Genetic Medicine)
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Dillon van den Berg, MS, LCGC (Providence St. Joseph Health, Southern California Region, Genetic Medicine)

Dillon van den Berg, MS, LCGC (Providence St. Joseph Health, Southern California Region, Genetic Medicine)
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Danielle Williams, MS, LCGC (Providence St. Joseph Health, Southern California Region, Genetic Medicine)

Danielle Williams, MS, LCGC (Providence St. Joseph Health, Southern California Region, Genetic Medicine)
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Susy Malca, MS, LCGC (Providence St. Joseph Health, Southern California Region, Genetic Medicine)

Susy Malca, MS, LCGC (Providence St. Joseph Health, Southern California Region, Genetic Medicine)
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Sandra Brown, MS, LCGC (Providence St. Joseph Health, Southern California Region, Genetic Medicine)

Sandra Brown, MS, LCGC (Providence St. Joseph Health, Southern California Region, Genetic Medicine)
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and Previvor