August Newsletter

United States of Teal

What is the United States of Teal?

United States of Teal is the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance’s campaign to raise awareness about ovarian cancer by gaining the support of state legislative leadership.

How does the campaign work?

With our United States of Teal campaign we’re targeting all 50 state houses and asking legislators to pledge their allegiance to the fight against ovarian cancer. By signing a pledge card, they are letting their constituents know that they are committed to promoting ovarian cancer research, improving the lives of women suffering from ovarian cancer, and helping us raise awareness about ovarian cancer symptoms. Once they pledge, we’ll turn their state teal on the United States of Teal web site (

How can state legislative leadership get involved?

By signing the pledge card sent to them in a packet and agreeing to wear Teal in September (Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month), especially on Wear Teal Day (September 3rd).

In addition, they can help us spread the word about the United States of Teal campaign and Wear Teal Day by:
* writing a letter to the editor of their local paper
* authoring a blog post
* passing out symptom cards
* linking to the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance website
* including a mention in their constituent newsletter; and
* submitting a floor statement into the record.

How can you get involved?

Contact your state leadership (names, contact information and a letter template are available at and encourage them turn your state teal by sending in their pledge card. You can also spread the word about ovarian cancer by writing letters to editor of your local paper or authoring or commenting on a blog post. Also, be sure to wear teal in September.

Where can I learn more?

To learn more about the campaign and to find out if your state has turned teal, visit

Survivors Teaching Students Update

Survivors Teaching Students: Saving Women’s LivesSM (STS) is one of Ovarian Cancer National Alliance’s flagship programs whereby we bring ovarian cancer survivors into the classrooms of nursing and medical students to share their personal stories and key information about the disease. Our goal is to personalize and bring faces to this deadly disease, while enhancing health professionals’ understanding of ovarian cancer symptoms and risk factors in order to facilitate earlier detection and diagnosis, when possible.

It is our honor to reintroduce you to STS program director Linda John, an ovarian cancer survivor herself and a true champion of our cause. Under Linda’s capable direction over the past year and a half, we have streamlined our organizational structure with regional coordinators, developed an enhanced pre- and post-evaluation screen, and implemented a new data system to help support the STS value proposition and the overall expansion of our program in schools around the U.S.

The evolution of our program is no surprise with Linda at the helm, as she comes with many distinguished awards and entrepreneurial experience allowing her to cultivate opportunities and implement impactful solutions. Continue reading here.

What’s New?

Dancing with N.E.D
This year’s Advocacy Day was documented by Spark Media, a production company based in Washington DC. Footage from OCNA’s Advocacy Day will be used in their upcoming documentary called Dancing With N.E.D. — the story of six GYN oncologists from across the country who formed an unlikely but one of the most talked about rock bands of the year called No Evidence of Disease (N.E.D.). The band’s mission is to give voice to their patients and to raise awareness and research funds for the disease they fight for a living.

The film’s title, Dancing With N.E.D., was actually born on Advocacy Day because of a conversation between Spark Media’s cameraman and advocate, Carole Fagella, from New Jersey. Carole explained that every woman in treatment for ovarian cancer looks forward to Dancing with N.E.D. The film producers immediately recognized this as the perfect metaphor for the dance between life and death that both the cancer patients and the doctors in the film wrestle with every day.

Click here to view the trailer … and keep an eye peeled for a small highlight reel from OCNA’s Advocacy Day shoot on our homepage.

Outside the Lines … of Love, Life and Cancer
At its core, Outside The Lines . . . of Love, Life, and Cancer is a survival guide that addresses multiple dimensions of cancer. Raw and vulnerable, it is often fearsome, at time sad, yet ultimately inspirational. This is more than a story of cancer. It is a story of family and friends bonded by incredible loss and infinite love. It is also a story of living life to its fullest and making choices as though every day is a most precious gift. The reader is taken on a most intimate journey, feeling firsthand the discovery of a deadly disease. The story is beautifully written by Annette Leal Mattern. Click to purchase.

All proceeds from the sale of the book benefit the work of the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance.

Upcoming Events

Wear TEAL Day!
Friday, September 3, 2010
Show your support by wearing TEAL the first Friday in September.

Lifetime Television’s The Balancing Act to feature OCNA Board President and ovarian cancer survivor, Annette Leal Mattern
Monday, September 13, 2010 at 7:00am EDT (Check your local listings)

Teal Time in DC – three exciting opportunities!
1. Upstairs on 7th: Trunk Show with Ray Harris & Sissy Yates Designs September 24-25, 2010
2. Galery 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

Click here for a full national calendar of events.