January Newsletter

From our New Board President …

Dear Friends, 

Happy New Year to you all!  I wanted you to know that your Ovarian Cancer National Alliance has just finished an extraordinary year of achievement. Our advocacy efforts on your behalf led to a doubling of funding for the Department of Defense Ovarian Cancer Research Program and we were invited to represent your needs at meetings in the White House on health care reform. Our volunteers taught more than 2,000 medical students about ovarian cancer in our Survivors Teaching Students program.  And I hope you’re a regular visitor to our new revamped website, blog, Facebook page  and Inspire community. Spreading hope, awareness and information is one of our most important goals.

We know this past year’s accomplishments will lead us to an even higher level of excellence in 2010 as we continue to make a difference in the lives of women with ovarian cancer and the family and friends who love them. I know I am totally energized for the New Year as are my fellow Board members and Staff. We have established clear goals for 2010 and are confident that our plans will be successful.

As a 10-year survivor, I promise all the passion and energy I can muster for all of us and our mission to advance the interests of women with ovarian cancer.

Now, let’s get to it!

Christy Schmidt

President, Ovarian Cancer National Alliance

What’s New?


The Jack LaLanne Teal Power Juicer Express is the ultimate juicing machine … and it’s ready for purchase! You can make fresh, healthy juice in seconds and give back to a great cause. It’s a must have for any kitchen. Proceeds from the Teal Juicer benefit the work of the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance.

For more information on the Teal Juicer, click here or visit http://www.powerjuicer.com/power-juicer-express.html

The Ovarian Cancer National Alliance receives top honors
Great news, everybody! The Ovarian Cancer National Alliance was listed as one of the top-rated cancer non-profits in the United States on GreatNonprofits.org!

GreatNonprofits is a resource for individuals who wish to find non-profit organizations to get involved with based on the community’s experiences. This is a great way for people who have been touched by a non-profit to share their stories and motivate others to get involved with outstanding organizations.

The Ovarian Cancer National Alliance was reviewed by survivors and volunteers who have been touched by our efforts. With all of their much appreciated support, we have been recognized as a top-rated cancer non-profit in the United States.

To read the reviews from our community, click here.

From the Policy Department

Advocacy in Action
Advocacy Day 2010- July 13th

My story. My elected officials. My opportunity to make an impact on Capitol Hill.

This summer, join the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance and ovarian cancer advocates on Capitol Hill as we march through the halls of Congress and let our needs be heard. Despite the concerted efforts of hundreds of advocates from across the nation, Congress continues to cut funding for ovarian cancer research programs that work to find a screening test and new treatments. Federal programs designed to spread awareness of ovarian cancer continue to see little, if any, increases in federal funding.

When you meet with your elected officials, you will represent not only yourself and your unique story but also other women from your community who are unable to be in Washington, DC. Your participation in Advocacy Day will allow your elected officials and their staff to get to know you and witness your passion for increasing ovarian cancer research funding and awareness efforts.

For more information on what, when, where and how you can make a difference on Advocacy Day, click here.

Our end-of-year fundraising campaign RECAP

This past November, we launched our first ever Virtual Holiday Dinner campaign. We decided to go paperless this year and host our end of the year fundraiser online. Our community was able to see how every dollar raised helps to continue to support the work of the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance. With each contribution, one received a collection of recipes and was eligible to win one of three prizes.

Thanks to your support, we were able to raise just over $15,000. This allows the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance to continue to advance the interests of women with ovarian cancer.


If you missed out, there’s still time. Start your year off right and help us make 2010 even better. We will keep fighting hard for you … promise! To make your New Year’s Resolution with us, visit www.ovariancancer.org/party.

Virtual Holiday Dinner Prize winners:

Janet Storti – two (2) tickets to our February Annual Gala

Donald Wright – OCNA Teal Juicer

Grace Induni – Basket full of Teal goodies