Chicagoans--film premiere

BRCA BRCA BRCA, we hear all about it. Once upon a time the genetic mutation wasn't named. Here's the story.

WHAT:     Chicago premiere of Decoding Annie Parker, a film starring Helen Hunt Samantha Morton, Bradley Whitfield, and Rashida Jones (view the trailer here)

WHEN:    Thursday, July 25, 2013 at 7 PM

WHERE:    Muvico Theater, 9701 Bryn Mawr Avenue, Rosemont, IL

WHO: This special film premiere event will also feature appearances by the director Steven Bernstein and the real life Annie Parker. A panel discussion will follow the screening.

TICKETS:    Available at

Decoding Annie Parker tells the true story of two remarkable women, Dr. Mary-Claire King and Annie Parker, each touched by hereditary breast cancer in her own way: Ms. Parker battles the disease and Dr. King’s genetic research leads to the discovery of the BRCA1 breast cancer gene.

Dr. King’s discovery changed the way many in the medical community approached breast cancer and provided solace to families who, generation after generation, lost their mothers, wives and daughter to the disease. Compared with people in the general population, individuals with a BRCA mutation and those with a strong family history of breast and ovarian cancers face many challenges, such as much higher likelihood of being diagnosed with breast or ovarian cancer, being diagnosed at a younger age, developing cancer more quickly and in more aggressive forms, and having a 50% chance of passing on a BRCA mutation to a child

Proceeds benefit Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered (FORCE), the only non-profit organization devoted to helping those affected by hereditary breast and ovarian cancer (HBOC).

You don't have to have breast cancer.... learn to row. Recovery (from breast cancer) on Water is offering a morning of free lessons on the Chicago River August. 10.  Register HERE