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by Karen Litwack

Congress is on recess and in campaign mode, but the debates and discussions around critical health issues are continuing behind the scenes.  When Congress resumes after Labor Day, there will be a number of issues that will have to be addressed prior to the election including: Zika funding, federal appropriations, and most importantly for our community, the landmark 21st Century Cures Act. Discussions are ongoing and support among Congressional leadership is growing for the legislation, which may also encompass the White House's Cancer Moonshot initiative. Meanwhile, rare disease advocates are fanning-out across the country to make sure their legislators understand the importance of this legislation. 

For more information about Rare Disease Legislative Advocates – In-District Lobby Days click on https://www.facebook.com/Rare.Disease.Legislative.Advocates/


Affordable, Accessible Genetic Screening in Illinois

Our affordable, accessible carrier screening program uses advanced technology to provide comprehensive screening for Jewish and interfaith couples. Visit our Get Screened page to learn more and register.


Planning for a Family?

1 in 4 Jews carries a potentially devastating genetic disorder that could pass down to a child. Make carrier screening part of your family planning process. 


Do You Know What's In Your Genes?

What is the most valuable gift you can give to your family? The gift of good health! There are many health conditions that run in families. Knowing your family health history can alert you to the potential risk for a variety of genetic disorders . Talk to your relatives for warning signs and assess your risk for hereditary cancers.

Did you know: Ashkenazi Jews are 10 TIMES more likely to have BRCA mutations, which significantly increases lifetime risks for hereditary cancers, so what does this heightened risk mean for you? Click here to learn more .