BENEFITING: JONSSON CANCER CENTER FOUNDATION- UCLA
A few years ago, my aunt Nancy died of ovarian cancer. She was the type of lady who would light up a room, she would host family gatherings of 100+ people at her house with a big smile on her face. I don't know how she always had such a positive, curious demeanor, but I have always aspired to have her gracious attitude. After she was diagnosed, she tested positive for the genetic mutation BRCA1, which gives you a higher risk of breast and ovarian cancer later in life. Many of my other family members got tested, and a lot of my cousins, myself included, also have the BRCA1 gene mutation. We now have to face questions on whether we want to reduce our risk of cancer by surgically removing our breasts or ovaries. It becomes a ticking time bomb, where you have to assess whether you want children, when it's too early/late to get your ovaries removed, plus have an annual breast MRI to make sure everything is okay. Cancer has affected me greatly. In addition to the looming threat of cancer in my own life, just last year, my step dad had to have surgery to remove a brain tumor. He used to have cancer as a young child and many tumors still remain in his throat and brain to this day. My point being, we all know a friend or a family member who has been hurt by cancer. That's why I ask you to donate to the Jonsson Cancer Center Foundation. This Foundation supports numerous cancer research efforts focused on finding a cure for cancer. For even a small donation, your contribution can instantly give researchers the tools they need to fight off cancer, a disease that has affected so many of the people you know and love. Once we reach our mark, I also be donating my hair to Children with Hair Loss, and shaving my head!