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Inspirational Story

My Inspiration: Lori Ann White

Lori Ann White was the beloved wife of the Rivkin Center’s Executive Director, Joe White, and mother to their son, Tyler Nicklaus White. As a nurse, she cared for children and adults alike, but clearly shined as a pediatric charge nurse. Lori battled ovarian cancer for seven and a half years. She was a patient of Dr. Saul Rivkin and admired him for his dedication to his patients and their families. Lori endured 22 surgeries and double-digit chemotherapy treatments during her battle. She never gave in to the pains of cancer and she lived her life as fully as possible with all of the challenges that came with the disease. Lori passed away in May of 2003. She and Mary Ellen Bissell were the impetus behind establishing the LorLor & Mom Courage 4 Life Golf Tournament, Over a six-year period, the event raised over $400,000 to help fight ovarian cancer and joined forces with the Fisher family to create the Family & Friends Auction, growing the Rivkin Center’s signature fundraising event to new heights.


Talk to your Family

Talking to your family and identifying cancer in your family tree can be a good indicator of your health risks. Download our Family Tree Worksheet here.  Be sure to include yourself, children, parents, siblings, aunts, uncles, and grandparents.

Get Educated

Know your body and be proactive about your health. Learn about your breast and ovarian health. Learn about the risk factors and signs & symptoms for breast and ovarian cancer.

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Having a relationship with a health care provider you know and trust is one of the most important decisions you’ll make about your health care. Click here to find a provider

Higher Risk in the Ashkenazi Jewish Population

In the general population, around 1 in 400 people carry a BRCA1 or BRCA2 mutation. People of Ashkenazi Jewish ancestry have a 1 in 40 chance of carrying a BRCA mutation, making them 10 times as likely to carry a BRCA mutation as someone in the general population. Whether you’re a man or a woman, if you have a BRCA mutation then there is a 50% chance of passing the mutation on to your children, whether they are boys or girls. It’s important to note that these mutations significantly increase risk, but are not a guarantee a person will get cancer.

Why is the Ashkenazi Jewish population at higher risk?

Over 90% of the BRCA mutations found in the Jewish community are one of three “founder mutations”. A