February Newsletter

Greetings,

With record snowfalls across much of the country last week, many of you may be looking forward to the promise of spring. Here at the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance, we’re anticipating spring, too–and our many upcoming events and activities that support women with ovarian cancer.

We are educating new members of Congress about the importance of funding ovarian cancer research.

We are preparing for one of our most spectacular galas ever, featuring food and drink from 38 women chefs.

We are providing you, our community, with the latest information about ovarian cancer through our webinar series.

Read on to learn more about our efforts to educate, advocate and raise awareness about ovarian cancer.

With warm regards,

Karen Orloff Kaplan
CEO, Ovarian Cancer National Alliance

OVARIAN CANCER ON CAPITOL HILL: OUR 2011 POLICY OUTLOOK

From the State of the Union address to the agenda set by the incoming House Republican majority, all signs point to a year of deep cuts in federal spending. Ovarian cancer advocates will likely face an uphill battle when it comes to securing funding for ovarian cancer research and awareness programs run by the National Cancer Institute, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention  (Johanna’s Law and the Ovarian Cancer Control Initiative) and the Department of Defense’s Ovarian Cancer Research Program.

We are working simultaneously on appropriations bills for fiscal years 2011 and 2012. The federal government is currently funded through a continuing resolution that will expire on March 4, 2011.  The House and Senate must pass either another continuing resolution or the 2011 spending bills. If the House and Senate are unable to come to an agreement to do either, the government will shut down.

We expect the House to release a bill next week that could cut funding for programs in FY 2012 by at least four percent. Watch for emails from the Alliance in the coming days and weeks asking you to advocate loudly for federal funding of programs that benefit women with ovarian cancer.

WE’RE COOKING UP OUR BEST GALA EVER!

Women chefs across the Washington, DC, region are heating up their kitchens with dishes for our annual Turn Up the Heat Gala!

Join us February 15 at the Ritz-Carlton hotel for an evening celebrating ovarian cancer survivors. Noted food writer Bonny Wolf is our featured speaker, along with Dr. Michael Seiden, President and CEO of Fox Chase Cancer Center.

View the list of participating chefs and purchase your tickets.

Ovarian Cancer Orange County AlliancePARTNER MEMBER PROFILE: OVARIAN CANCER ORANGE COUNTY ALLIANCE

Laura Stecher founded the Ovarian Cancer Orange County Alliance (OCOCA) in 2003 with friends from her support group. Today, she is a ten-year survivor–and one of only three surviving from their original group of eight. Whenever Laura gets burned out from her work on ovarian cancer, something happens to reenergize her. “I feel like those five women are still with me, inspiring me,” she says.

Read more about OCOCA.

WEBINAR SERIES ADDRESSES YOUNG SURVIVORS, LATEST RESEARCH

Have you signed up for the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance Webinar Series? Our hour-long sessions bring national experts in advocacy, clinical trials, research, and more directly to you. You’ll hear the latest news and have a chance to ask your own questions about ovarian cancer.

Upcoming webinars focus on young survivors and new developments in ovarian cancer research. Sign up today to be part of the conversation!

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