January Newsletter


It’s not too late to join us in a Toast to Progress to honor the women battling ovarian cancer and remember the courage of those whose lives have been lost to the disease. In 2010, your contributions helped the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance reach numerous milestones. We ask for your support once again to make an even greater impact in 2011.

To view our 2010 accomplishments and our plans for 2011, click here.

To make a secure online donation, visit www.ovariancancer.org/donate.


We have launched our first ever Webinar Series. This Webinar Series will educate you about a variety of topics including health care reform, science updates and how to be your own best advocate. You will hear from top doctors, experts, legislators and more.

The Webinar Series schedule is as follows:

Wednesday, January 12, 2011 at 1:00pm EST
Developing and Integrating Fundraising into your Annual Plans
Teresa Smith, OCNA Board member and Development Fundraising professional

Tuesday, January 25, 2011 at Noon EST
Are Clinical Trials the Answer?
Dr. Ronnie Alvarez, Professor, OB/GYN, University of Alabama

Thursday, February 10, 2011 at 1:00pm EST
Young Survivors Rock!
Lindsay Avner, Founder and Executive Director, Bright Pink
Chana Garcia, advocate, blogger and ovarian cancer survivor

Thursday, February 17, 2011 at 1:00pm EST
Ovarian Cancer – What’s Basic? What’s New?
Dr. Robert Coleman, Professor, Department of Gynecologic Oncology, MD Anderson Cancer Center

Wednesday, March 2, 2011 at 1:00pm EST
Getting Involved with Partner Members
Robin Cohen, OCNA Board Member and Partner Member
Sue Ellen Moore, OCNA Board Member and Partner Member

Click here to sign up for the Webinar Series and receive notification of future Webinars.

We know you will want to share this information with your family and friends so go ahead and forward the message. Don’t miss out … sign up today!

If you are interested in a specific topic that you do not see listed above, please email Liz White at lwhite@ovariancancer.org.


Peg Ford, advocate and Survivors Teaching Students (STS) program volunteer, is coming up on her fourth anniversary of “NED”(No Evidence of Disease). She is still astonished at how much her life has changed since diagnosed with ovarian cancer the day before her birthday in 2007. Researching on the web, she uncovered the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance’s Survivors Teaching Students: Saving Women’s Lives program. She was amazed to find that the program was not yet implemented in San Diego. Peg got to work to launch the program for the medical students at University California, San Diego School of Medicine (UCSD) in 2008. In two years, she expanded the program to include OB/GYN residents at UCSD and Naval Balboa Medical Center, as well as facilitated a presentation at the annual conference of the American Academy of Physician Assistants in 2009.

Thank you, Peg, for your dedication and continued support to increase awareness of the symptoms of ovarian cancer.

To learn more about the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance’s Survivors Teaching Students program and get involved, click here.