Hadassah Sponsors ‘Run For Her Life’ April 22

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Join the 8th annual Run for Her Life, a fundraiser sponsored by the Los Alamos Chapter of Hadassah for breast cancer research at Hadassah Medical Center in Israel.

The 5k/10k run/walk is 9 a.m. Sunday, April 22 at East Park on East Road (Hwy 502). Registration is open on Event Brite. For more information, visit the Los Alamos Hadassah Chapter Facebook page.

The first 70 participants will receive a 2018 “Run for her Life” T-shirt. Water and energy refreshments will be available.

One of the leaders in the fight against breast cancer is Dr. Tamar Peretz Yablonski, the daughter of a Holocaust survivor, whose tenacity and determination to find a cure inspires her and countless others.

“My parents always taught me to fight, to look on the bright side,” said Yablonski, director of Hadassah Medical Center’s Sharett Institute of Oncology in Israel.

As Hadassah continues its important research work in finding a cure, the organization celebrates 20 years since its researchers discovered that the risk of carrying the BRCA1 gene mutation – which is tied to increased cancer risk – is 1 in 40 for Ashkenazi women, compared to 1 in 100 for the rest of the population.

Following this discovery, Hadassah Medical Organization developed a simpler blood test to detect the presence of these genes, the organization reported. Hadassah’s findings have had a major impact on breast cancer management, according to Yablonski.

Genetic testing has potentially saved the lives of an untold number of women whose examples are often highlighted in news accounts, such as Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie, who famously in 2013, touted the benefits of genetic testing and surgery to prevent hereditary breast cancer.

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