Join MRW Leadership Board ‘Jammin’ in Our Genes’ on December 1

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The Myra Rubenstein Weis (MRW) Leadership Board will host their third annual “Jammin’ in Our Genes” event benefitting NorthShore University HealthSystem on Saturday, December 1. Proceeds from this year’s event will support a mammography screening program for the uninsured and underserved at NorthShore Health Clinic Highland Park in 2019.

The “Jammin’ in Our Genes” benefit will take place at 210 Restaurant – at 210 Green Bay Road in Highwood on Saturday, December 1 from 8 – 11 p.m. This year’s benefit will include a silent auction, games, music provided by DJ Versage, drinks, desserts and more. Tickets are $60 online, or $75 at the door. For tickets or to make a donation, visit https://foundation.northshore.org/jammin.

As the event approaches its third year, event co-chairs Stephanie and Jordan Goldstein, MD, Caryn Engle and Ari Goldsmith celebrate the milestones already achieved, with support of the community. The group began with their focus on those genetically predisposed to breast and ovarian cancers, carrying the BRCA genes. They quickly realized that while they could educate patients on their risks, those who were carrying the gene may not have access to the resources they needed.

“Breast and ovarian cancer education and prevention are important to us on a very personal level. We are humbled by the support and commitment from our friends, our family, our neighbors and local businesses.,” says Engle. “As a BRCA patient and PreVivor, I know first-hand the importance of mammography to high-risk women, and together we are providing life-saving resources to hundreds of women in Lake County.”

One common misconception about the BRCA genes is that only women are at risk, says Peter Hulick, MD, Director of the Center for Personalized Medicine, NorthShore University HealthSystem. “Knowing one has a mutation in BRCA1 or BRCA2 is important for females and males. If a patient has a BRCA mutation, changes in screening are recommended (earlier screening and addition of other modalities like breast MRI), and preventative options are considered. It also allows us to have a better understanding of the disease course. For example, BRCA2 related prostate cancer is more aggressive, and more likely to become metastatic,” Dr. Hulick explains.

During its first year, the MRW Leadership Board sponsored a PreVivor workshop on breast and ovarian cancer education and prevention, followed by a series of educational videos. Last year, event proceeds were dedicated to make BRCA testing more affordable for high-risk patients (men and women), and continued to support PreVivor resources through the LIFE program.

About the MRW Leadership Board

The Myra Rubenstein Weis (MRW) Leadership Board’s goal is to educate and empower people to make informed decisions to prevent hereditary breast and ovarian cancers. Funds raised through their activities support Living in the Future (LIFE) Pre-Vivor resources. These resources are in line with the MRW Leadership Board Previvor mission to prevent breast cancer in those predisposed to it, and to make available resources and strategies, in conjunction with NorthShore University Healthsystem, by supporting a mammography screening program for the uninsured and underserved at NorthShore Health Clinic Highland Park in 2019. The MRW Leadership Board is an extension of the Myra Rubenstein Weis Health Resource Benefit Committee that supports NorthShore wellness and cancer survivorship programs. Both were established to honor Myra Rubenstein Weis and her service to the Highland Park community.

About NorthShore University HealthSystem

NorthShore University HealthSystem is an integrated healthcare delivery system consistently named among the nation’s best. The NorthShore system, including its four hospitals – Evanston, Glenbrook, Highland Park and Skokie – is consistently ranked as a Top 15 Teaching Hospital System in the U.S. and a top 10 in Illinois. NorthShore also includes a 900 physician multispecialty group practice, NorthShore Medical Group, located in 100-plus offices across Chicago and many of the Northern Suburbs. NorthShore is a Magnet-recognized organization, the first in Illinois designated as an entire system to receive this prestigious honor that demonstrates excellence in nursing and high standards in patient care. The system also supports the NorthShore Research Institute; the NorthShore Foundation; and NorthShore Home & Hospice Services. In addition to launching Be Well-Lake County, a community health initiative committed to providing greater access to comprehensive care, NorthShore contributes more than $209 million in charitable care and services to the community it serves.

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