The Parker Family Health Center is partnering with the Cristine Meredith Miele Foundation to expand early detection and breast cancer prevention for Parker patients. The Miele Foundation is funding testing and genetic counseling for patients with BRCA gene mutations, mutations noted for increased risk of breast cancer. Based on their personal or family history of cancer, seven Parker patients have already been identified by Parker Family and referred for counseling to Riverview Medical Center.

The Cristine Meredith Miele Foundation was created in 2010 by the family and friends of Cristine Miele, a local resident married to Shawn Miele of Utah, formerly of Rumson, and mother of their three children. Cristine Miele was first diagnosed with breast cancer at age 28. Twelve years later, after a long and valiant fight, Cristine succumbed to the disease.

According to Eileen O’Hern Luby, longtime family friend and Board member of the Cristine Meredith Miele Foundation, the Foundation could support one of the many ongoing cancer research projects being funded throughout the country. But, Eileen noted, “the Miele Foundation has decided to focus its efforts on the local level….where the Foundation can make a direct impact on someone’s life.”

The Parker Family Health Center currently provides mammograms and BRCA testing through its “Women’s Breast Health Initiative” program. Testing is costly, as is the follow-up counseling when indicated. With the support of the Cristine Meredith Miele Foundation, Parker patients can expect this program to grow as it assists all women patients in the quest to prevent breast cancer.