Recently I was contacted by the BC Cancer Agency to see if I would be willing to participate in a research project called BC Generations Project.
The goal is to recruit 40,000 British Columbians, study their genetics and health issues and try to figure out if there is a genetic component to disease - mainly cancer but also other genetic health issues. Since I now have two of these diseases (coronary artery disease and cancer) I decided to participate.
I registered online http://www.bcgenerationsproject.ca/ and will shortly be receiving my questionnaire. Then I'll provide samples for the study.
Even though I don't have children so I'm not passing on my particular set of genetics, I thought that this was a worthwhile study. With all the 'challenges' I've had with my health for the last 3 years, someone, somewhere, ought to derive some benefit from whatever they can find out about my particular genetic soup.
If you are in BC, I urge you to consider participating. They have just over 10,000 people registered so far. The study is also taking place in other provinces in Canada - check it out and see if you feel able to participate, too.