Why should I get involved?

 

We get the most cancer, at the youngest age, yet have the fewest resources

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You have probably lost grandparents, mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, aunts, uncles, nephews, nieces, cousins and/or even your own children. You know the grief of loss, fear for your own life and those of the rest of your loved ones, trauma of the preventative option journey, fallout from preventative surgeries and cancer treatments, and may right now be facing your own mortality.

If you don’t stand up and do something who will?

Don’t be fooled into thinking someone else is fighting for you or that government and the larger cancer organizations have been doing their share. The issue of hereditary cancer is only recently becoming publicly known and has been largely ignored until now.

So many are yet unaware

Of the up to half a million risky gene carriers up to 80% of risky gene carriers still do not know they are!  Angelina Jolie gave awareness a boost, but it has a very long way to go. We need awareness programs like this one to find others like us and give them the tools they need to save their lives!

We need to put pressure on existing cancer organizations

You may think you have already been helping your cause by donating to the larger cancer organizations, but their funds are often directed only to the larger, spontaneous cancer component.  The overall lack of funding for hereditary cancer has resulted in a lack in awareness, services, resources and especially research. In some regions, governments also haven’t made funding for the hereditary cancer component a priority, resulting in long wait times for targeted services like high risk clinics, genetic testing services and even for preventative surgeries.  If risky gene carriers turned their funding and volunteer efforts towards their own cause, imagine the difference it could make!

If you attend a run or event for other organizations, make sure to ask where your funding will be directed. Don’t assume that just because it is an event for the type of cancer that you are susceptible to or currently have that any of your dollars will be targeted towards their hereditary component.

Jump on board to make a difference for your own cause!  Only the squeaky wheel gets the grease!

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The cancer risk reduction options are too drastic

Although very thankful to have options to save our lives, the current recommendations for cancer risk-reduction are drastic, and haven’t changed much in 20 years. We don’t want to see our children facing the same tough decisions.  We want to be in a position to fund researchers dedicated to finding less invasive ways of preventing hereditary cancer!

Easy ways to make a difference

It certainly isn’t all about money. There are so many other ways to help!

  • Spread awareness by sharing information with your friends, family and colleagues on social media
  • Add your voice to the cause by giving us your name and email (don’t worry we won’t share!)
  • Volunteer at one of our events or put on a small event of your own
  • Join a committee
  • Get involved in supporting others like you through email or personal visits
  • Talk to representatives of companies that might be interested in sponsoring an event or becoming a corporate partner
  • Attend our events and bring your friends!!

Wear our t-shirt at breast, ovarian or prostate cancer events or simply just to spread the word

t-shirts

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T-shirt transfer back

You can purchase the above t-shirts already printed for $20 + 4.95 shipping and handling (CAD) by submitting a request here.

If you don’t have risky genes…

You probably love someone that does. That should be reason enough.

 

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