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California

Hi! We are California’s Impact Leader Volunteers!

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!

FORCE Virtual Support Meeting May 18, 2021, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm Pacific Time

Led by

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

Hosted by

Bay  Area Cancer Connections

RSVP

Email Yareni Roldan at yareni@bayareacancer.org


FORCE Virtual Support Meeting June 10, 2021, 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm Pacific Time

Led by

Jill Rafia, Andrea Procko and Heather Clark

RSVP

Email Jill at jillr@facingourrisk.org

Additional Information

Special Guest Sarah Dalhoumi, MD, Scripps Center for Integrative Medicine will discuss managing menopause symptoms and integrative medicine/wellness.


FORCE Virtual Support Meeting June 23, 2021, 6:00 pm Pacific Time

Led by

Karlena Lara-Otero Ph.D., MS, CGC and Courtney Rowe-Teeter, MS, CGC

Hosted by

Cancer CAREpoint
2505 Samaritan Drive Ste 402
San Jose, CA 95124

RSVP

Register in advance here


Local Leaders

Annette Seelig (Walnut Creek)

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

Amy Yoffe (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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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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Sandy Cohen
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and Previvor