Sharsheret to Present Free National Webinar: BRCA Genetics In The News: What Do I Do Next?

Sharsheret to Present Free National Webinar: BRCA Genetics In The News: What Do I Do Next?

Contact: Jordana Altman, Marketing and Communications Coordinator
Telephone: 866.474.2774
Email: [email protected]

Teaneck, New Jersey (December 12, 2017) – Sharsheret, the only national not-for-profit organization dedicated to addressing the needs of Jewish women and families, of all backgrounds, facing breast and ovarian cancer, will host a free national webinar: “BRCA Genetics In The News: What Do I Do Next? on Wednesday, December 20th at 8 pm EST/5 pm PST.

This webinar will focus on the latest genetics information. Sharsheret’s Genetics Program Coordinator, Peggy Cottrell, MS, CGC, will explore the latest critical genetics research, decode BRCA and other genetic mutations in the media, and help us understand what steps we need to take next. A Sharsheret peer supporter will share her personal story and a live question and answer session will follow the presentation. Ms Cottrell, is also a Certified Genetic Counselor in the Regional Cancer Center at Holy Name Medical Center.

“Critical BRCA genetics information is all over the news, and women of all Jewish backgrounds are calling Sharsheret with questions about what new updates mean for them,” said Sharsheret’s Director of Support Programs Adina Fleischmann. “Our upcoming webinar will arm women and families nationwide with vital information so that they will be empowered to take actions to protect their health.”

To register for the upcoming webinar and for log-on instructions, visit or call toll-free 866.474.2774. A transcript and video recording will be available following the event at

This webinar is made possible with generous support from Myriad Genetics and Pfizer Oncology, and presented in collaboration with FORCE.

For more information about the webinar, contact Support Program Coordinator Shira Kravitz at [email protected].


Sharsheret, Hebrew for chain, is the only national organization supporting Jewish women and families, of all backgrounds, facing breast and ovarian cancer-those who are diagnosed and those at high risk. Sharsheret is accredited by the Better Business Bureau and has earned a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator for sound fiscal management and commitment to accountability and transparency. To date, we serve more than 67,000 women, families, health care professionals, community leaders, and students from all 50 states. All Sharsheret programs serve all women and men.

As a member of the Federal Advisory Committee on Breast Cancer in Young Women, Sharsheret shapes messaging and programs at the national level. Recognizing Sharsheret as the model for culturally-relevant breast cancer support, the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has awarded the organization two multi-year grants to develop support programs. Additionally, Sharsheret participates in psychosocial research studies and evaluations in partnership with federal agencies and major cancer centers, including Georgetown Lombardi Cancer Center.

Sharsheret offers the following national programs:

The Link Program

  • Peer Support Network, connecting women newly diagnosed or at high risk of developing breast cancer one-on-one with others who share similar diagnoses and experiences
  • EmbraceTM, supporting women living with advanced breast cancer
  • Genetics for Life®, addressing hereditary breast and ovarian cancer
  • Thriving Again®, providing individualized support, education, and survivorship plans for young breast cancer survivors
  • Busy Box®, for young parents facing breast cancer
  • Best Face Forward®, addressing the cosmetic side effects of treatment
  • Family Focus®, providing resources and support for caregivers and family members
  • Ovarian Cancer Program, tailored resources and support for young Jewish women and families facing ovarian cancer
  • Sharsheret SupportsTM, developing local support groups and programs

Education and Outreach Programs

  • Health Care Symposia, on issues unique to younger women facing breast cancer
  • Sharsheret on Campus, outreach and education to students on campus
  • Sharsheret Educational Resource Booklet Series, culturally-relevant publications for Jewish women and their families and healthcare professionals