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Eighth-grader hosts cancer awareness event

Olivia Meyerson '22 is hosting her inaugural event, Protect Your Girls, to bring awareness to BRCA-related cancers and to benefit the Basser Center at the University of Pennsylvania to find a cure.

Everyone has both the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes, however, some people have mutations in their BRCA genes. The mutations are hereditary, impact both men and women, and form an increased risk for breast, ovarian, pancreatic, prostate, and melanoma cancers, according to Meyerson, who addressed the Middle School recently.

In 2012, Mindy and Jon Gray established the Basser Center for BRCA at the University of Pennsylvania. The mission of the Center is to see a world free of devastating effects of BRCA-related cancers, and it is the first comprehensive center for the research, treatment, and prevention of BRCA-related cancers.

Chelsi Meyerson, Olivia's mother, noted that every woman in her family, from her mother's generation and back, had either breast or ovarian cancer. Nine years ago, she said she had BRCA genetic testing and tested positive for a BRCA mutation, giving her an 87% chance of breast cancer and a 74% chancer of ovarian cancer. In 2009, after several preventative surgeries, Chelsi noted that she became a previvor, an experience that empowered her daughter and family to help find a cure.

Everyone attending the event is encouraged to get creative and design a bra out of anything but fabric. All self-designed bras must be submitted by Friday, April 27

The event is slated for Saturday, May 5, from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at 506 Carnegie Center, Princeton, NJ. Tickets are $20 for those under 21 and $30 for over 21. For more information or to get tickets, please click here.