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FORCE Debuts a Springtime NYC Celebration: Live Life Empowered

by Tina Krall

Kara DioGuardi, GRAMMY-nominated songwriter, Warner Bros. executive, Arthouse Entertainment music publisher, and former American Idol judge; and Stacey Sager, Channel 7 Eyewitness News reporter and two-time cancer survivor, co-hosted FORCE's inaugural Live Life Empowered spring celebration at Hudson Terrace on April 30. Funds raised from the event will support the needs of women, men and families affected by hereditary cancer.

The fundraiser marked FORCE's first major event in New York City. DioGuardi, who is a previvor, shared her personal story; she credits Sager for educating her and possibly saving her life. After watching a news segment that included Ms. Sager's discussion of her own BRCA status, preventative oophorectomy, and discovery of early-stage fallopian tube cancer, Ms. DioGuardi pursued genetic testing and learned that she carries a BRCA 2 mutation.

Live Life Empowered attendees braved stormy weather to share an evening of fantastic food, and enjoyed DioGuardi's special performance of some of her well-known hits including songs written for Pink, Kelly Clarkson, Ashlee Simpson, and other recording artists. DioGuardi delivered a perfect performance and introduced each song with anecdotes about each songwriting session.

Kara DioGuardi
Kara DioGuardi

The Janzen family
Janzen family

James Patrick, MD; Suku Nagendran, MD; Edwin Diaz from Quest

Stacey Sue and Kara
Stacey Sager, Sue Friedman and Kara DioGuardi

Tina Krall is FORCE's Senior Vice President of Development and oversees all fundraising efforts to support FORCE's work with the HBOC community.

Live Life Empowered Sponsors

A special thank you to Platinum sponsor, Quest Diagnostics, and to all of our other event sponsors:

  • BFFL Co.
  • Hudson Terrace
  • Informed DNA
  • The Janzen Family
  • Dr. Joshua Levine
  • Pam Newman - Urban Art NY
  • Stonekelly Events
  • White Light Photography & Videography


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