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'Jammin' in Our Genes' event supports BRCA testing

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Submitted by Olivia Zimmermann

The Myra Rubenstein Weis Leadership Board will host its second annual "Jammin' in Our Genes" event benefiting NorthShore University HealthSystem Saturday, Dec. 2.

Proceeds from this year's event will provide financial support to make BRCA testing more affordable for high risk patients, as well as continue to support PreVivor resources through the LIFE program.

The "Jammin in Our Genes" benefit will take place from 8-11 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2, at 210 Restaurant, 210 Green Bay Road in Highwood. The benefit will include a silent auction, games, music provided by DJ Versage, drinks, desserts and more.

Tickets are $50 online or $60 at the door. For tickets or to make a donation, visit https://foundation.northshore.org/mrw-leadership-board-benefit-event.

The Myra Rubenstein Weis Leadership Board's philanthropic goal is to educate and empower women to make informed decisions to prevent hereditary breast and ovarian cancers.

While the group's overall mission is inspiring as a stand-alone, the story behind it begins with Highland Park resident Caryn Engle, an MRW Leadership Board member, who tested positive for the BRCA gene mutation.

Since little attention has been given to the considerations women must face before making decisions about treatment, Engle hopes to share her story about her experiences with genetic counseling.

The Myra Rubenstein Weis Leadership Board is an extension of the Myra Rubenstein Weis Health Resource Benefit Committee, which supports NorthShore wellness and cancer survivorship programs. Both were established to honor Myra Rubenstein Weis and her service to the Highland Park community.

NorthShore University HealthSystem is an integrated health care delivery system consistently named among the nation's best. The NorthShore system, including its four hospitals -- Evanston, Glenbrook, Highland Park and Skokie -- is consistently ranked as a Top 15 Teaching Hospital System in the U.S. and a top 10 in Illinois.

NorthShore also includes a 900 physician, multi-specialty group practice, NorthShore Medical Group, located in 100-plus offices across Chicago and many of the Northern suburbs.

NorthShore is a Magnet-recognized organization, the first in Illinois designated as an entire system to receive this prestigious honor that demonstrates excellence in nursing and high standards in patient care.

The system also supports the NorthShore Research Institute; the NorthShore Foundation; and NorthShore Home & Hospice Services. In addition to launching Be Well-Lake County, a community health initiative committed to providing greater access to comprehensive care, NorthShore contributes more than $209 million in charitable care and services to the community it serves.

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