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Fundraiser to support those with gene mutations

A new support group dedicated to helping men and women who have BRCA gene mutations is hosting a fundraiser in Lynbrook Sept. 18.

Previvorsandsurvivors.com, based in Oceanside, will host a pizza and pasta event at the Green Olive Bistro, 693 Sunrise Hwy., from 1 to 3:30 p.m. The cost is $15 per adult and $7 for children under 10.

Funds raised will help the group provide hairdressers to post-mastectomy women as well as cooked meals and carpools to doctors' appointments.

The mutation of BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes has been linked to hereditary breast and ovarian cancer as well as increasing the risk of other cancers, according to the National Cancer Institute.

National Previvor Day is Sept. 28 and the National Hereditary Breast & Ovarian Cancer week is observed from Sept. 25 to Oct. 2.

More information is available at previvorsandsurvivors.com.

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