Hospital helps sister of twins who shared breast cancer

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by JOHN SHARIFY / KING 5 News

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Posted on June 11, 2012 at 6:40 PM

There's a happy update on a story we shared with you last week involving twin sisters with breast cancer who were on a lifesaving search to find their biological family.

Kim and Stephanie Lavarello pushed to unseal adoption records so others in their family could get tested for a genetic mutation they had that significantly increases the chances of cancer.  It's BRCA 1.

We told you their half-sister, Laura Jajo, tested positive too, but she has no health insurance and couldn't afford the potentially life-saving surgeries her sisters received: double mastectomies and hysterectomies.

Enter Swedish Hospital. The folks there saw our story and wanted to help. The physicians affiliated with the True Family Women's Cancer Center at Swedish Medical Center have offered to do the surgeries for the 38-year-old Jajo for free.

I had the privilege of delivering the news to the three sisters.

"Wow, I'm going to cry," said Laura, who immediately decided to take them up on their offer to get the surgeries done. "I've always told myself I'm not a lucky person. I've never won anything in my life. But my luck has changed."
 

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