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‘Jammin’ in Our Genes’ event benefits NorthShore University Health System

The Myra Rubenstein Weis Leadership Board hosted its second annual “Jammin’ in Our Genes” event Dec. 2, 2017, that benefited NorthShore University HealthSystem.

Proceeds from the event provided financial support to make BRCA testing more affordable for high-risk patients, as well as continue to support PreVivor resources through the LIFE program, according to a news release.

The benefit included a silent auction, games, music provided by DJ Versage, drinks, desserts and more. More than 350 attendees were present during the event, raising $40,000 for BRCA testing. To make a donation, visit

The MRW Leadership Board’s philanthropic goal is to educate and empower women to make informed decisions to prevent hereditary breast and ovarian cancers. While the group’s overall mission is inspiring, the story behind it begins with Highland Park resident Caryn Engle, an MRW Leadership Board member who tested positive for the BRCA gene mutation. Since little attention has been given to the considerations women must face before making decisions about treatment, Engle hopes to share her story about her experiences with genetic counseling.

The MRW Leadership Board is an extension of the Myra Rubenstein Weis Health Resource Benefit Committee that supports NorthShore wellness and cancer survivorship programs. Both were established to honor Myra Rubenstein Weis and her service to the Highland Park community.

NorthShore University HealthSystem is an integrated health-care delivery system consistently named among the nation’s best. The NorthShore system, including its four hospitals – Evanston, Glenbrook, Highland Park and Skokie – is consistently ranked as a Top 15 Teaching Hospital System in the U.S. and a top 10 system in Illinois.

NorthShore includes a 900 physician multispecialty group practice, NorthShore Medical Group, in 100-plus offices across Chicago and many of the northern suburbs. In addition to launching Be Well-Lake County, a community health initiative committed to providing greater access to comprehensive care, NorthShore contributes more than $209 million in charitable care and services to the community.

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