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Please help us raise awareness of Lynch Syndrome by donating to the Jacqueline Rush foundation. Lynch Syndrome is an inherited genetic mutation which results in a significantly higher risk of many types of cancers compared to the general public, often at a much younger age than usual. Current estimates are that 1 in 279 people living in the US have Lynch Syndrome. Knowing you have Lynch Syndrome can save your life and the lives of your family members. Jacqueline’s friends and family are participating in a Tough Mudder in Lake Tahoe on June 9, 2018. This will be the 5th year. Our Team goal is to raise $10,000. The funds will go toward launching an awareness campaign to educate both the general public and the medical community.
Jacqueline was diagnosed with colorectal cancer at the very young age of 20. She started having symptoms when she was just 16. Over the next several years as her symptoms worsened, doctors still did not suspect colorectal cancer due to her young age. She was finally diagnosed in her sophomore year of college with Stage 3 colorectal cancer.
During her treatment, it was discovered that the underlying cause of her cancer was an inherited genetic mutation known as Lynch Syndrome. Her family had never heard of Lynch Syndrome and neither had her doctor. If you have Lynch Syndrome, you have up to an 82% chance of getting colorectal cancer, up to a 60% chance of endometrial/uterine cancer, and an increased risk of many other cancers in your lifetime. It is currently estimated that approximately 1 in 279 people living in the US have Lynch Syndrome, but only 5% of those know they have it. You are 43% more likely to have Lynch Syndrome than the BRCA gene mutations for breast cancer.
Jacqueline immediately started treatment after her diagnosis. The treatment included chemotherapy, radiation and 3 surgeries. At the end of her treatment, her doctors felt she was cancer free. In March 2013, her senior year of college, her cancer returned.
While resuming treatments, Jacqueline graduated Cum Laude with her class with a double major in Marketing and Spanish. Sadly, Jacqueline passed away on March 3, 2014 at the age of 23. She was an intelligent young woman whose dreams and aspirations were stripped away by colorectal cancer.
Raising awareness will save lives. If Jacqueline’s family and doctor had known about Lynch Syndrome, her story might have been very different.
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