GoPath Laboratories was thrilled to present this week at a #LunchandLearn event hosted by Imerman Angels, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing one-on-one support to cancer patients free of charge. The presentation included a discussion about genetic counseling and testing as it relates to cancer diagnoses.
The event was kicked off by TinaMarie Bauman, a hereditary cancer genetics nurse counselor who is a consultant on the speakers bureau for GoPath Laboratories. TinaMarie discussed how genetic mutations occur and how they are passed down to other family members. She also discussed the genetic counseling and testing process as well as the types of results a patient may receive. Our Vice President of Service Excellence Debbie Gonzalez and Genetic Testing Project Coordinator Christine Sneckenberg also contributed to the presentation.
Chicago-based Imerman Angels was founded on the belief that no one should face cancer alone. Founder Jonny Imerman was only 26 when he was diagnosed with testicular cancer. Mr. Imerman says he was fortunate to have the support of family and friends during treatment, but that he never met someone his age who was a cancer survivor. Imerman Angels partners patients with "Mentor Angels" -- survivors or caregivers who have faced the same type of cancer as the patient. The organization believes that this one-one-one support helps patients by allowing them to ask questions about the process and share their feelings with someone who has been through it before.
This service is free for patients and helps anyone touched by any type of cancer, at any age or cancer stage, living anywhere in the world. To learn more about Imerman Angels, visit their website at ImermanAngels.org.