Mission Statement

Oneinforty is a nonprofit organization that raises awareness of the one-in-forty risk to Ashkenazi Jews of inheriting BRCA gene mutations and provides the support individuals and families need to effectively manage their cancer risk.

Why Oneinforty?

Oneinforty Founder

In Memoriam, Lauren M. Corduck

January 31, 1971 - December 24, 2020

In late 2016 at the age of forty-five, Lauren sought genetic counseling and screening on a friend's urging. The screening--a simple blood test--showed that she had inherited a mutation in her BRCA1 gene from her father, putting her at much higher risk than the general population of developing breast and ovarian cancer.

Lauren's genetic counselor advised her to have her Fallopian tubes and ovaries removed, surgery that would have dramatically reduced her risk of developing ovarian cancer. But it was too late. Around the same time, Lauren had an MRI of her back to determine the cause of severe back pain she had been experiencing. The MRI revealed an incidental finding of what turned out to be stage four ovarian cancer that had metastasized to lymph nodes as high as one near her left collarbone.

Given her family history of breast cancer and Ashkenazi Jewish heritage, Lauren should have been referred to a genetic counselor and screened for the BRCA gene mutations many years ago. While undergoing cancer treatment, she discovered that most American Jews of eastern and central European descent are not aware that they have a one in forty chance of having a mutation in their BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene that puts them at much higher risk than the general population of developing ovarian cancer, breast cancer (male or female) and prostate cancer.

In late 2020, Lauren just 49 years old passed away peacefully. Lauren was compassionate, giving, smart, fierce, generous, loving, and showed us all that with determination and action you can make a difference.
She set out on a mission to educate the community, healthcare providers, and policy makers about the one-in-forty risk to the Ashkenazi Jewish population of inheriting a BRCA gene mutation, which puts them at a significantly higher risk of developing hereditary cancer.
As we mourn the loss of our brave and beautiful founder, the board and staff is focused on continuing the critical and lifesaving work of Oneinforty. We will honor Lauren and the countless families impacted by hereditary cancer by fulfilling Lauren’s mission to stop BRCA-related cancer in its tracks.
Lauren always wanted to help people and she found her mission because of her own illness. She was an inspiration and a beautiful light that cannot be extinguished.