December Newsletter

From the CEO…

Dear Friends,

As this year closes, so does the term of our Board President, Judith Abrams. Judy has devoted countless hours to the efforts of the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance. Under Judy’s leadership, the organization has made great strides in its educational, awareness and advocacy efforts. We are delighted that Judy will remain on the Board of Directors and continue to fight for women with ovarian cancer. On behalf of all the Board, Staff and the ovarian cancer community, we thank you, Judy, for all of your hard work. We are very blessed to have you on our team.

With great appreciation,
Karen Orloff Kaplan
Chief Executive Officer
Ovarian Cancer National Alliance

What’s New?

GCF’s Race to End Women’s Cancer
On Sunday, November 8th, the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance’s Team TEAL ran and walked in the Gynecologic Cancer Foundation’s Inaugural Race to End Women’s Cancer. Team Teal, together with Partner Member group, Rhonda’s Club, took to the streets of beautiful Washington, DC carrying a banner filled with names of loved ones. Team TEAL raised over $1,000 to help support the programs of the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance. Thanks Team TEAL!!

To check out the pictures from the race, click here.

Holiday Gift Ideas

Need a little something special for your loved one this Holiday season? Click here to create your own photo books, cards, calendars, posters and more. A portion of the proceeds benefit the work of the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance.
You can also shop our online store for more cool items, including hats, key chains, coffee mugs and much, much more!
Click here to check out our online store.

From the Policy Department

Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month Resolution passed
Earlier this fall, the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance worked with Congress to introduce the Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month Resolution, H.Res. 727, into the House of Representatives.

Thanks to your calls, emails and faxes, 78 Representatives co-sponsored the Resolution. Because of this outpouring of Congressional support, the Resolution was recently passed in the House on Tuesday, December 1st, 2009 which means that all Representatives present voted in favor of the Resolution.

To thank your Representative for his/her support and to watch the results of your advocacy work on the web, click here.

What you need to know

Health Reform Potential Impact for Women with Ovarian Cancer
With the passage of the Affordable Health Care for America Act (H.R. 3962) in the House of Representatives, women with ovarian cancer and their families may be wondering how this bill will affect their health care coverage.  Listed below are some major provisions of the bill.  The House bill is not the final Health Reform bill — we will not know what final provisions will be enacted until a joint bill is passed by both Houses.

Most Americans will be required to have insurance.
* The bill will require all individuals to have health insurance and will levy a penalty on those without coverage, starting in 2013.  Exceptions will be granted for religious or financial reasons.
* Health Insurance Exchanges will be organized.  Individuals who do not already receive health insurance through their employer may purchase health insurance through Health Insurance Exchanges.  These exchanges will offer insurance plans that include a minimum benefits package and comply with other cost and quality standards.

To read the full article including benefits, coverage, cost and changes to existing programs, click here.

Upcoming Events

Our Virtual Holiday Dinner Party
November & December 2009
Nationwide and online

Turn Up the Heat on Ovarian Cancer! A Celebration of Women Chefs
Tuesday, February 2, 2010
The Ritz-Carlton, 22nd and M streets NW, Washington, DC
Special Guest: Gina De Palma
James Beard Award-winning Pastry Chef of Babbo Restorante and Enoteca of New York City, author of Dolce Italiano, Desserts From the Babbo Kitchen and ovarian cancer survivor
For more information about the Annual Gala or to purchase tickets, visit

13 Annual Ovarian Cancer National Alliance Conference
July 10-12, 2010
Omni Shoreham Hotel, Washington, DC
July 13, 2010
Lobby Day on Capitol Hill

2010 Revlon Run/Walk
May 1, 2010
New York City, New York

Book Club Selection

The Friday Night Knitting Club by Kate Jacobs