BRCA Is Personal! So, as a PSA: Thanksgiving is a perfect time to discuss family history and genetic testing. I've advocated for hundreds of cancer patients during the past 10 years, many are BRCA+. BRCA mutations devastate generations, especially Ashkenazi Jews, as 1 in 40 will test positive for a BRCA mutation.
My mom’s life-long best friend died of breast cancer in her early 30s, tragically never seeing her toddler grow up. It was a truly profound moment, when I took that toddler (now a young woman who is BRCA+) to one of my favorite world renowned surgeons. But there’s a happy ending to her story, because through science, surgery, education, genetic testing and advocacy, she gets to rewrite her story. Unlike her mom, her toddler gets to keep her mother. That is the embodiment of purpose and meaning and it is what drives me to advocate for cancer patients daily and to educate, inform and fundraise for life-saving research. She got to "Rewrite Her Story!"
It is why I am so proud to be a Member of the Basser Center for BRCA's Young Leadership Council, Science and other Committees as well as collaborate on fabulous and fun wellness, non-toxic beauty, fashion and entertaining events. Happy to announce that $18 (Chai Meaning Life In Judaism) will be donated to the Basser Center for BRCA from the Basser designated bracelets from my Family Jewels–Unlock The Cure jewelry collection.
The Basser Center is doing revolutionary, life-saving work. I have seen it first hand, taking friends and patients I've advocated for to see their remarkable physician-scientists and enroll in their pioneering clinical trials. So, it was extremely meaningful and joyous to be invited to attend the Basser Center for BRCA Jean Bash as an advocate.
The Basser Center kicked off the Basser Jean Bash celebrating 25 years since the cloning of BRCA1 and the remarkable scientific progress that has advanced the understanding, treatment, and prevention of BRCA-related cancers.