BENEFITING: STANDUP FOR THE CURE
EVENT DATE: Aug 26, 2017
Samantha Mulroy wrote -
As many of you know, I lost my mom to this terrible disease 8 years ago - she 47 y.o, and I, 18. Last year I found out I share the same genetic mutation as her - BRCA2. Now to be clear, everyone has BRCA2 in their DNA. It helps division of cells or damage of DNA. BRCA2 is actually known as a tumor The problem lies in one of the 1,800 subsets of BRCA2 mutations. I wish I knew the name of the one we share. It's something like "CDPA-182236". Nonetheless, we are "BRCA2 Carriers", meaning we have a 56% increased risk of getting breast cancer over our lifetime, and 84% increased risk after the age of 74.
Now... this was NOT fun to know initially as you could imagine. But, let's face it genomics is fascinating! With this information I am now closely watched by Swedish Medical Cancer Institute's Cancer Genetic Counseling and Tests department. Thanks to testing was covered and so is preventative care.
Unfortunately, not all women have great insurance coverage, not all breast diagnoses are genetic, and not all women are educated on the importance of early detection. Early detection is the KEY to survival. This event focuses on exactly that. Most of the proceeds go to local uninsured women who do not have access to preventative screening.
So come hang out with me in my new hometown on the 26th! There's food, , swag, paddle boarding, and education on preventative screening. If you don't like that....you're crazy!!! At least know, you're :)
Thanks for reading! Hope to see you there -
xoxox Sam MYERS :)