March Newsletter

Posted:03/9/11

LETTER FROM THE CEO

The talk in Washington this week is all about federal government spending–a vital issue for those who care about ovarian cancer. The House of Representatives made significant cuts to agencies that support cancer research and education, but the Senate is still debating a spending bill. Learn how you can make a difference below.

We are proud to announce a new partnership with MyLifeLine.org, a program that allows cancer patients to create free personal websites that keep family and friends informed.

We are also gearing up for an exciting array of events this spring and summer, beginning with the EIF Revlon Run/Walk in New York City on April 30.

I hope this newsletter inspires you to contact Congress, create your own website, or join an event this spring benefiting ovarian cancer.

With warm regards,

Karen Orloff Kaplan
CEO, Ovarian Cancer National Alliance

HOUSE CUTS CANCER FUNDING; SENATE TO ACT THIS WEEK

In February, the House of Representatives passed HR 1, a continuing resolution that will keep the federal government running until October. The continuing resolution would cut funding to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Institutes of Health.

While no exact figures are known at this time, these agency-level cuts will inevitably lead to decreases in funding for important ovarian cancer programs.

The Senate must take action by March 18 to avoid a shutdown of the federal government. Thank you to our 523 supporters who told their senators that cancer funding is too important to cut.

It’s not too late to add your voice! Tell your senators to oppose any cuts to ovarian cancer research funding.

CANCER PATIENTS: CREATE YOUR OWN WEBSITE

A new tool available through the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance website allows cancer patients to easily create and update a free personal webpage. Users can post updates on their treatment, organize a schedule for friends to help out,  share inspirational quotes and more.

The service, provided by MyLifeLine.org, was created by ovarian cancer survivor Marcia Donziger. While she was in treatment, Marcia was too tired to return all the phone calls from family and friends, but felt guilty for not staying in touch. She founded MyLifeLine.org to help other cancer patients experiencing the same problem.

These personal patient websites are free of charge to the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance community. Click here to set up your personal site.

RUN, WALK OR CLIMB FOR OVARIAN CANCER

Spring and summer bring a slew of outdoor events benefiting the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance.

We are participating once again in the EIF Revlon Run/Walk for Women in New York City. Last year, the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance registered the largest group for the event! Sign up or donate today and help us turn  Manhattan teal on April 30.

A dozen intrepid supporters will join experienced mountain climber Macon Dunnagan in Tanzania this September to climb Mount Kilimanjaro, the tallest freestanding mountain in the world. The group will carry a teal banner to raise awareness of ovarian cancer.

PARTNER MEMBER PROFILE: SANDY ROLLMAN FOUNDATION

Robin Cohen was working as an oncology nurse when one of her favorite patients, Sandy Rollman, passed away at age 33 from ovarian cancer. Robin’s work with Sandy and Sandy’s sister Adriana Way made her realize how few resources were available to women with this disease.

“It was hard to even find a survivor for her to talk to,” Robin recalls. While searching for support services in and around Philadelphia “I realized what wasn’t there.”

At an Ovarian Cancer National Alliance conference in September 2001, Robin attended a session on starting an organization at the local level. She went home and “did everything they said to do.”

Read more about the Sandy Rollman Ovarian Cancer Foundation.