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Hi! We are Tennessee’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.

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!

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.


Virtual Holiday Celebration December 7, 2021, 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm Eastern Time

Led by

Dr. Catherine Marcum, APN of Cancer Risk Associates, PLLC

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Email Lisa at Lisa.Ong@CancerGeneticsRX.com

Additional Information

Join us for our FORCE and Lynch Holiday Celebration! 


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

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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

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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

Catherine Marcum, APN (Cancer Risk Associates, PLLC in Chattanooga)

Catherine Marcum, APN (Cancer Risk Associates, PLLC in Chattanooga)
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Erin Campbell, MS, LCGC (University of Genetics Oncology Clinic in Knoxville)

Erin Campbell, MS, LCGC (University of Genetics Oncology Clinic in Knoxville)
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Alora Terry, MS, LGC (Thompson Cancer Survival Center in Knoxville)

Alora Terry, MS, LGC (Thompson Cancer Survival Center in Knoxville)
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Elizabeth Shieh, MSN, FNP-BC, UT (Gynecologic Oncology in Knoxville)

Elizabeth Shieh, MSN, FNP-BC, UT (Gynecologic Oncology in Knoxville)
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Crystal Wheelon, NP (University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville)

Crystal Wheelon, NP (University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville)
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Imelda Margulies, MSN, FNP-BC (Clinical Genetics Service, Knoxville)

Imelda Margulies, MSN, FNP-BC (Clinical Genetics Service, Knoxville)
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Sandy Cohen
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and Previvor