Implementation Groups are those that advance and support the various goals of the Nebraska Cancer Plan. Examples of work for the Detection & Screening group could include promoting mammography, colonoscopy, FIT/FOBT, lung cancer screening as appropriate, increasing access to clinical trials.
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Brandi’s mother, Kamie Preston was only 35 years old when she was diagnosed with aggressive breast cancer. Brandi spent many summers babysitting her brother Ben and sister Bailey in hospital waiting rooms as their mother underwent chemotherapy and radiation treatments. It was in those hospital rooms Brandi learned about the genetic mutation her mother carried, a mutation she had a 50/50 chance of also having.
As the cancer progressed, Kamie began to prepare her children for life without her. In addition to a mother’s typical expectations for going to college and looking out for each other, Kamie asked each of her children to learn their risk and to be proactive with their health rather than reactive.
Kamie passed away on July 27, 2005. She was 40 years old, her children only 14, 13, and 9 years old. Since then, Brandi has fulfilled the promise she made at her mother’s bedside. On her 19th birthday she had genetic testing and learned that she too carries the BRCA1 mutation, giving her an 87% lifetime risk of breast cancer and 63% lifetime risk of ovarian cancer.
“BRCA has been a gift, although not wrapped very beautifully; it has given me the ability to take control of my health and encourage others to do the same,” Brandi has said since her prophylactic mastectomy at age 22. She no longer fears suffering from or losing her life to breast cancer, like so many women in her family have.
Brandi was born and raised in Omaha, Nebraska. She is the founder of a non-profit organization in memory of her mother, Kamie Preston. The organization aims to raise awareness about hereditary cancer syndromes while improving access to genetic testing. You can find more information about her organization at www.hereditarycancer.org. She is also the Community Services Manager for Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert.