Sue Friedman - Patient turned advocate
Sue Friedman was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 33. She later learned that she was a carrier of the BRCA2 gene and it was her journey with cancer that lead her to create Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered (FORCE). FORCE is a nonprofit organization that is dedicated to hereditary breast and ovarian cancer. Friedman serves as executive director of the organization, which offers many free services including research recruitment for clinical trials, a peer navigation program, and XRAYS – a program that translates reports of new research data into common language that uses terminology both patients and caregivers can easily understand.
“It was the information and support that I received from FORCE that allowed me to make informed medical decisions that were right for me and my family. Today, I am a very grateful breast and ovarian cancer previvor. I owe so much of that to FORCE and to Sue,” said Karen Kramer, Friedman’s nominator and senior vice president of marketing at FORCE.