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.
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FORCE LGBTQIA+ Virtual Community Meeting December 12, 2021, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm Eastern Time
Will L. (they/them) and Maddie W. (she/her)
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 Men's Meeting January 5, 2022, 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm Eastern Time
Scott Lanman, Brad Hertz and Mike Philbin
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 American Sign Language Virtual Support Meeting January 8, 2022, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm Eastern Time
This meeting is held in American Sign Language, led by Debbie Lesser, CI/CT, (RID Certified Interpreter) and Alicia Wolfson, (MA, MSGC).
Debbie Lesser holds a Certificate of Interpretation, Certificate of Transliteration and is a RID Certified Interpreter. Debbie learned of her BRCA 1 mutation in 2013 and is a trained FORCE Peer Navigator and State Impact Leader since 2017.
Alicia Wolfson is a Deaf Genetic Counselor that recently received her degree in Genetic Counseling from Keck Graduate Institute (KGI) in May 2021, and a Master of Arts in Communication Studies from California State University, Northridge (CSUN) in 2011. Wolfson has worked with, and been a member of the Deaf community for over 20 years. Her work experience includes working as a Research Coordinator at the Greater Los Angeles Agency on Deafness, Inc. (GLAD) to help create breast cancer information and prevention materials in ASL, as well as with UCLA's Deaf Genetics Project to provide information about hereditary cancers in ASL. Wolfson is fluent in ASL and has a strong interest in increasing the Deaf community's awareness and access to genetic counseling, as well as to improve training for genetic counselors in working with Deaf patients.
Are you D/deaf and hard of hearing and do you have a family history of cancer? Are you looking for connection with other D/deaf and hard of hearing people navigating hereditary cancer? This new group is a great opportunity to ask questions in a safe, supportive environment and connect with other D/deaf and hard of hearing people navigating hereditary cancer. ASL interpreter provided upon request. Email email@example.com to request this service.
FORCE People of Color Virtual Support Meeting January 12, 2022, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm Central Time
Carmen Pace, Wenora Johnson, Forum Shah, MS, CGC, Karlena Lara-Otero Ph.D., MS, CGC, and Andrea Crawford, MS, CGC
Register to attend or email Wenora at firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Virtual Educational/Support Meeting: Breast Health January 18, 2022, 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm Eastern Time
Andrea Walens and Hayley Blum
Guest Speaker: Jennifer Plichta, MD, MS, surgical oncologist at DukeHealth in Durham, NC specializing in breast surgery.
6:00-7:00 pm: Dr. Plichta will discuss breast screening, surgery, other breast health subjects and review the national guidelines. There will be time for Q&A.
7:00-7:30 pm: Opportunity for attendees to share, ask general questions and receive support and FORCE resources
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