The warm summer months are upon us and mark the official start of wedding season. Whether you yourself are getting ready to tie the knot, or you are attending the nuptials of a friend or family member, it is important to know about an important checklist item that could help a young couple plan ahead for a healthy future family.
JScreen is a national, non-profit, public health initiative based out of Emory University in Atlanta. By educating and creating awareness around the importance of Jewish genetic disease screening, JScreen makes it easy, convenient and affordable to get screened for over 200 diseases, including those common in people with Ashkenazi, Sephardi, and Mizrahi backgrounds, and others common in people with non-Jewish background. With the development of an affordable genetic screening option available from the comfort of one’s own home, JScreen is a significant innovation in the world of genetic testing.
Some people are worried about the results they’ll receive from genetic testing. It’s important to point out that the majority of couples receive reassuring results. For couples that are at increased risk, there are many available options to help them have healthy children, such as in-vitro fertilization (IVF) with pre-implantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) and others.
Many couples have said that they are surprised that more Jewish and interfaith couples don’t undergo screening and that their friends seem to be unaware of the need for testing. JScreen’s mission is to educate the Jewish community and to empower those who are considering starting a family.
As an alternative for purchasing your loved ones the 11th towel set from their registry, give them each a $149 JGift card to offset the cost of screening. This is really the gift that lasts a lifetime. To register for a screening kit for yourself, to purchase a JGift card for a loved one, or to learn more, visit www.JScreen.org.
By JV Staff