|Our Honorees: Jan, Linee, Monica, and Charite|
Photos by Lyndsey Yeomans
Jack and Lola Photography
|Jan Livingston Mokhtari|
Jan launched into the odyssey that is high-risk surveillance for breast and ovarian cancer and after a couple of years her doctors began to talk with her about the option of preventive mastectomies. Not knowing any BRCA carriers outside her family and being frankly quite scared of surgery because of her mother’s experience, Jan found FORCE and attended her first meeting, where she was relieved to learn that preventive mastectomy was not the mutilation that she had feared. Jan ultimately made the decision to have prophylactic mastectomies after the birth of her second child.
In the weeks leading up to her surgery, she began telling friends about her decision and her friends took it into their own hands to create a proper send-off for Jan’s breasts. One friend mentioned casually doing a boudoir photo shoot as a farewell to her breasts. Jan envisioned something with a friend in the privacy of her own bedroom but that is not what happened. Two weeks before her surgery she received a call from a producer she had never met telling her that she would have a professional shoot at a studio in Hollywood four days later and that all of the professionals involved would be donating their time. The photographer was none other than Robert Ascroft, whose magazine covers and celebrity shoots are famous. Much of the rest of the story is wonderfully told in the film A Proper Send-Off. Robert Ascroft, make up artist Su Han, who also donated her time for Jan's special photo shoot, and actress Victoria Smurfit, who played Jan's friend in the film, all attended our celebration and screening, which made it even more special.
Finally, many, many thanks to our sponsors, without whom our day would not have been possible. Special thanks to our gold sponsor the Center for Restorative Breast Surgery in New Orleans, who donated the iPad for our raffle as well as to govino for donating the festive champagne flutes for serving our mimosas and bellinis. Thanks to Lyndsey Yeomans of Jack and Lola Photography for donating her time to photograph our event. We will be posting more photos on the LA FORCE Facebook page.
R. Kendrick Slate, MD: Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery,
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
Kouros Azar, MD: Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Thousand Oaks, California
Huntington Reproductive Center Medical Group
Govino, the ultimate go anywhere wine glasses.
Friends of FORCE
Richard P. Frieder, MD: Gynecology, Obstetrics and genetics
Andrew Da Lio, MD: Plastic and reconstructive surgery, UCLA
Diagnostic Automation Inc.
The Cole Family
The Mokhtari Family
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