July Newsletter

Power is Teal in Washington, DC

Hundreds of ovarian cancer survivors gathered at the
13th Annual Ovarian Cancer National Alliance Conference

The Power is Teal Conference hosted by the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance is the largest ovarian cancer-specific conference in the country. Every year, this Conference brings together researchers, clinicians, survivors and caregivers to learn about the latest developments in diagnosis, treatment and quality of life for women with ovarian cancer.

This year, the Conference welcomed a record attendance at the Omni Shoreham Hotel, July 10-13. Leading authorities in ovarian cancer research provided insight into the progress being made in early detection and treatment of the disease, including Dr. Robert Coleman of MD Anderson Cancer Center; Dr. Michael Seiden, President and CEO of Fox Chase Cancer Center; Dr. Barbara Goff of the University of Washington, School of Medicine; Dr. George Coukos of the University of Pennsylvania Health System and Dr. Deborah Armstrong of Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center.

One of the signature events for attendees is participation in Advocacy Day. Survivors and family members met one-on-one with their elected officials and/or staff, to share their stories and ask for support on a number of federal issues essential to fighting this disease. If you could not join us on Capitol Hill, you can still take action.

Additionally, the popular play, I Got Sick Then I Got Better, written and performed by Jenny Allen was a hit!

Other conference highlights included a discussion of national clinical trials; a Remembrance Ceremony honoring those who lost their lives to ovarian cancer; an update on genetics; an overview of the Survivors Teaching Students program; and an Awards Ceremony celebrating the achievements of those who have contributed to the ovarian cancer community.

Mark your calendars! Next year’s Conference will be held July 9-12, 2011 at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.

(Please Note: The venue has changed for next year.)

Stay tuned to ovariancancer.org.  All the materials, flyers, campaigns and presentations you learned about at the Power is Teal Conference will soon be available.

What’s New?

Teal Ribbon Shaped Silly Bands

Join the latest craze with these cool teal ribbon shaped bands. They come in packs of 10 … and are sure to be a big hit at your next event! Click here to get yours today.


Founded by an ovarian cancer survivor, MyLifeLine.org provides free, customizable websites to empower cancer patients and caregivers to build an online community of friends and family to foster connection, inspiration and healing.

Start connecting with your healing community today!

From the Policy Department

First Lady helps DHHS unveil new guidelines

The Ovarian Cancer National Alliance was invited to attend a small event yesterday where the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) unveiled new preventive services guidelines.

Under the guidelines, new insurance plans will cover numerous preventive screenings and services, including

  • Colonoscopies
  • HPV vaccination
  • BRCA counseling
  • Mammography
  • Breast cancer chemoprevention counseling

Read the full story and view pictures.

Take Action on Capitol Hill

On July 13, more than 100 advocates walked the halls of Capitol Hill asking their legislators to support important ovarian cancer-related efforts. If you could not join us, you can still make a difference.

Click here to take action today!

Upcoming Events

Wear TEAL Day!

September 3, 2010

Show your support by wearing TEAL the first Friday in September.

Teal Time in DC – three exciting opportunities!

1.  Upstairs on 7th: Trunk Show with Ray Harris & Sissy Yates Designs
September 24-25, 2010

2.  Gallery 555: Exhibit featuring Alan Binstock & Mila Kagan
Mid-September through Mid-October

3.  Celadon Spa: Discounted services for those who donate to OCNA
Mid-September through Mid-October

14th Annual Ovarian Cancer National Alliance Conference

July 9-12, 2011

Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, Washington, DC

This month’s Book Club Selection

Outside the Lines by Annette Leal Mattern

**This book will soon be available at our online store.