Founded in partnership between the Basser Center for BRCA at Penn Medicine's Abramson Cancer Center and Alejandra Campoverdi (Founder of The Well Woman Coalition), LATINX & BRCA is a comprehensive initiative to raise awareness, provide education and resources, and build community for the U.S. Latinx community around BRCA-related cancers.
Elle Magazine editor-in-chief and fashion icon Nina Garcia shares her personal experience with BRCA and hereditary cancer for the official launch of LATINX & BRCA on November 18, 2019, at the Basser Jean Bash.
BRCA mutations can increase lifetime risk for cancers including breast, ovarian, pancreatic, prostate and melanoma. Women and men alike can inherit these mutations and pass them on to their children. Learn more potentially life-saving information about BRCA in this Spanish-language video.
LATINX & BRCA in the News
- Nina Garcia Honored At Basser Center Gala For Cancer Research (Elle Magazine)
- Breast Cancer is a Family Legacy for this Young Latina (The Philadelphia Inquirer)
- How Alejandra Campoverdi Outwitted Breast Cancer While Helping Women Save Their Own Lives (People en Español)
- Breast Cancer Stalked Every Woman in Her Family. She was Determined it Wouldn’t Get Her. (LA Times)
Founded in 2012 by Penn alumni, Mindy and Jon Gray, the Basser Center for BRCA at Penn Medicine's Abramson Cancer Center is the first comprehensive center for the research, treatment, and prevention of BRCA-related cancers. Devoted to advancing care for people affected by BRCA gene mutations, the Basser Center's unique model provides funding for collaborative research, education and outreach programs around the world. The Basser Center's mission is to see a world free of the devastating effects of BRCA-related cancers and, in doing so, provide a roadmap for curing genetic diseases.
Alejandra Campoverdi is a vocal women's health advocate, the Founder of the Well Woman Coalition, and a former White House aide to President Obama. She founded the Well Woman Coalition in 2018 while undergoing a double mastectomy to lower her breast cancer risk after testing positive for a BRCA mutation. The Well Woman Coalition initiative empowers women of color to have agency over their own health and healing through awareness, education and advocacy.