It’s been 15 years since the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance was founded by a group of advocates from around the country. In the years since, we’ve made great strides in our understanding of this disease. Thanks to the Alliance:
- Federal funding for ovarian cancer research and education has increased from $7.5 million in 1997 to $25.9 million in the current fiscal year
- Ovarian cancer survivors have a voice in decisions about which research projects receive federal funding
- Medical textbooks now note that ovarian cancer does have symptoms, when previously they insisted the disease had no symptoms
- Tens of thousands of future doctors, nurses and physician assistants have been trained about symptoms and risk factors associated with ovarian cancer, through our Survivors Teaching Students® program
- September has been recognized by the President as National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month every year since 1999
As proud as we are of these accomplishments, there is still so much we need to learn and do to change the course of this disease. Your support can help the Alliance continue our work and advance the interests of women with ovarian cancer in the years to come. We hope to raise $200,000 in honor of what we have achieved in the past 15 years and to support our future work on behalf of women with ovarian cancer. Please consider a donation in honor of our 15 years serving women with this disease.
The slideshow below shows photographic highlights from our first 15 years. We’d love to hear your memories of the Alliance—send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. We’ll share some of these memories throughout our anniversary year.