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Beyond Pink

A Morning of Exercise, Education & Wellness

Thank you for attending Beyond Pink!
Save the Date for 2024: Sunday, October 27

This free special day of exercise, wellness, and education is a great way to become educated on all of the different types of hereditary cancers and commit to being the healthiest version of you, whether you have a cancer diagnosis or not! Join us at the J’s Fitness Center in Creve Coeur for Zumba+, Tai Chi, Yoga for Cancer, a family-friendly class (children aged 6-12 and parents), Intro to Strength Over Cancer (a new fitness class geared toward those impacted by cancer), and more.

Partners in the community will also be on-site to share information on cancer and hereditary risks, non-medical financial assistance, clean skincare, and more. You can also enjoy a complimentary massage.

Visit with the following organizations:

  • The J’s Hamsa Wellness Community – Hereditary risk education and programs supporting those impacted by cancer and in recovery. A community partner of the national non-profit Sharsheret organization.
  • Beautycounter – Offers a wide range of clean and safe products.
  • Cancer Support Community – Offers social and emotional support and education designed for people whose lives have been affected by cancer.
  • Missouri Baptist Breast HealthCare Center – Offers screening and diagnostic mammography, breast biopsy, cancer risk assessment, and genetic counseling.
  • Pink Ribbon Good – Non-medical support for those affected by breast and gynecological cancer.
  • ReVital – Specialized rehabilitation helping individuals with cancer and those in recovery.
  • Siteman Cancer Center – Medical Oncology
  • SSM Health – not-for-profit health system providing high-quality, compassionate, and personalized care to communities across Illinois, Missouri, Oklahoma, and Wisconsin.

Did you know?

Hereditary cancer is a concern, especially for women and men of Ashkenazi Jewish ancestry.

  • 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 (including 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 cancers such as ATM, CHEK2, TP53, PALB2, and Lynch Syndrome

Partner Organizations

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Enterprise Holdings Foundation
Lester Family
The Sidney & Bobby Guller Family Foundation
Jennifer and Danny Soshnik
Rhonda and Andy Oberman

What is the Hamsa Wellness Community?

The Hamsa Wellness Community (formerly known as Sharsharet Supports STL) is a cancer community program at the J and a community partner of the national nonprofit Sharsheret organization. The Hamsa Wellness Community educates individuals regarding hereditary cancer risks, especially women and men of Ashkenazi Jewish ancestry, who have an increased risk of carrying a hereditary cancer gene mutation. The Hamsa Wellness Community also supports those facing a cancer diagnosis – especially those with breast and ovarian cancer – anywhere along their journey.

In partnership with the J’s Fitness team, the Hamsa Wellness Community offers programs like Yoga for Cancer, Strength Over Cancer, and Oncology Massage led by oncology-trained instructors and therapists. The Hamsa Wellness Community welcomes the full spectrum of diversity and supports all who reach out. These programs are available to J members and the public.

The Hamsa Wellness Community is founded on five pillars: Connection, Hope, Educations, Strength, and Support. These pillars focus on the care of the whole person and provide those dealing with cancer diagnosis a community during what is often an extremely challenging time.


Debbi Braunstein, Hamsa Wellness Community Director