A new support group for people with the BRCA gene will have its first meeting at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 9 in the Fellowship Room at First Christian Church, 5230 Broadway Ave. Future meetings will be at 6:30 p.m. on the second Wednesday of each month.
BRCA1 and BRCA2 are human genes involved with cell growth, cell division, and cell repair. A normal BRCA gene works as a tumor suppressor, helping to shut down cancer cells before they can harm the body. When BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes are mutated or damaged, tumor suppression is not working, and the risk of developing ovarian cancer or breast cancer is greater than normal.
“KS BRCA Support Group was created for those who are affected by the BRCA gene, whether it is you or someone that you love,” said member ReGina Casper. Its mission is to provide individuals affected by the BRCA gene a supportive environment to ask questions from those who are also affected by the gene.
Casper noted that until now the nearest support groups were in eastern Kansas. “There aren’t too many options for face-to-face support; this group aims to remedy that.”
Attendees are also invited to join FCC for its Family Supper in the gym at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday.