Sharsheret, a national not-for-profit organization supporting young Jewish women and their families facing breast and ovarian cancer, has joined ThinkGenetic’s Advocacy Partner program. Sharsheret, Hebrew for “chain,” is the only national organization specifically supporting Jewish women and families diagnosed or at high risk for breast and ovarian cancer.
1 in 40 men and women of Ashkenazi Jewish heritage carries a mutation in the BRCA1 or BRCA2 genes, which is nearly ten times higher than the rate in the general population. This makes Ashkenazi Jewish families much more susceptible to hereditary breast and ovarian cancer. Sephardic Jewish families may also be predisposed to hereditary breast and ovarian cancer.
“I am so pleased to welcome Sharsheret and their vast support network to the ThinkGenetic Advocacy Partner Program,” said ThinkGenetic President Len Barker. “ThinkGenetic.com offers helpful answers to visitors wondering about living with hereditary cancers like those linked to BRCA1/2 mutations. It’s wonderful to know that when our visitors want to find someone with a similar ancestry and experience dealing with breast and ovarian cancer, we have a trusted partner available to help.”
Sharsheret offers a community of support to women, of all Jewish backgrounds, diagnosed with or at increased genetic risk for breast or ovarian cancer, by fostering culturally-relevant individualized connections with networks of peers, health professionals, and related resources.
“We are thrilled to collaborate with ThinkGenetic to bring critical, life-saving genetics awareness and information to women and families nationwide,” said Director of Support Programs Adina Fleischmann. “Together, we will support and educate so many in our communities.”
In preparation for Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month (September) and Breast Cancer Awareness Month (October), ThinkGenetic plans to team up with Sharsheret to increase awareness of both organizations and the educational resources available to the community. As part of the program, when supporters of Sharsheret register at ThinkGenetic.com they earn ThinkPoints that can be donated to Sharsheret in the form of a monetary donation each month.
About the ThinkGenetic Advocacy Partner Program: ThinkGenetic enters into Advocacy Partner agreements with organizations, support groups and charities to share information, increase public awareness of genetic conditions and provide trustworthy resources to those living with or caring for someone with a genetic disorder. Learn more and view current partners at news.thinkgenetic.com/advocacy-partner-program or email firstname.lastname@example.org for information about enrollment in the program.