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Pink Out at the J for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Breast Cancer Awareness Zumba

Pink Out at Home with the J

Save the Date: October 24, 2021

Join the J’s Sharsheret Supports St. Louis for a virtual morning of exercise, education and wellness.

All Sharsheret Supports St. Louis programs are free due to the generosity of our supporters. If you would like to make donation to support our work, click here.


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Who is Sharsheret?

Sharsheret’s mission is to improve lives through support programs available to women and families faced with a breast or ovarian cancer diagnosis and save lives by educating the community on the increased hereditary cancer risk factors; especially those of Ashkenazi Jewish ancestry. Education can help with early detection or, perhaps, can spare a diagnosis.

Sharsheret Supports St. Louis is a collaborative program of Nishmah and the national, not-for-profit Sharsheret organization. Sharsheret, Hebrew for “chain or link,” symbolizes the support and connections we make among women, families and communities facing breast and ovarian cancer. Sharsheret educates the Jewish community regarding increased hereditary risks. We support all individuals who reach out to Sharsheret.

Did you know?

Breast and ovarian cancer is a hereditary concern for Jewish women and men.

  • 1 in 40 women and men of Ashkenazi Jewish heritage carries a BRCA gene mutation; 10 times greater than the general population.
  • Carrying a BRCA gene mutation significantly increases one’s risk of developing a hereditary cancer (includes breast, ovarian, pancreatic and prostate) and there is a 50% chance of being passed to the next generation.
  • Individuals who carry a BRCA mutation have the opportunity to make choices that can help save a life.
  • In addition to BRCA gene mutations, there are numerous other mutations linked to hereditary cancer such as ATM, CHEK2, TP53 and PALB2

How Can You Find Out About Our Support and Educational Programs?

Reach out to our Sharsheret Supports St. Louis staff by filling out this form or contact Debbi Braunstein, 314.442.3266, for more information and resources.

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