To anyone descended from the Leary family of Springfield, MA, USA early 1900's -- mother's maiden name Geniveve Bilodeau, with eight children, five girls including Beatrice and Gert, and three boys I think Edward, Daniel and John, perhaps -- a health warning...
Each of the five sisters had breast cancer in their 40's, and as a result, all died young. My grandmother Beatrice had one child, my mother Gail Riley Phelan, who survived breast cancer twice in her 40's and passed from ovarian cancer ten years later. My sister Kerin, 45, is terminally ill with the damned disease.
I have tested positive for the inherited genetic flaw in the brca1 gene, and at 40, have taken drastic preventive action -- a double mastectomy and complete hysterectomy.
I know only Gert's children and grandchildren. Any cousins out there, even descended from the brothers, please visit my web page at www.barnhartgallery.com/brca1.htm
to learn more and feel free to contact me from there.