June Newsletter

LETTER FROM THE CEO

As I write, I am about to depart for the American Society of Clinical Oncology meeting in Chicago. If you’re attending the ASCO meeting, stop by booth #2011 to say “hello” and pick up materials from the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance. We’ll post summaries of new ovarian cancer findings on our website and through the Teal Journal in the coming weeks.

We’re also gearing up for our Annual Conference, “Turning Promise Into Action,” which begins in just a few weeks. I hope you’ll join us at the conference and on Capitol Hill on Tuesday, July 12, to educate Congress about ovarian cancer.

We’re inspired by every survivor’s story, but Dorothy Erlanger really blew us away.
This 60-year-old ovarian cancer survivor is tackling three triathlons in 2011 to raise money for ovarian cancer.

I look forward to seeing many of you in Chicago this week or Washington next month. Remember: the Alliance is available to you anywhere, any time through our online community and website.

With warm regards,

Karen Orloff Kaplan
CEO, Ovarian Cancer National Alliance

LAST CHANCE TO REGISTER FOR JULY 12 ADVOCACY DAY

When our community speaks, Congress listens. Join us on Capitol Hill on Tuesday, July 12, to tell your elected officials why ovarian cancer matters to you. Not sure what Advocacy Day will be like? Watch our short video to learn more.

Don’t delay: registration for Advocacy Day closes at midnight on June 3.

Questions? Contact David Zook at dzook@ovariancancer.org.


OVARIAN CANCER SURVIVOR’S TRIATHLON TRIFECTA

Like many people, Dorothy Erlanger used to “go to the gym for three weeks every January.” When ovarian cancer left Dorothy in a funk, she joined a group training for a modified triathlon–and she hasn’t stopped since.

This year, Dorothy has vowed to complete three triathlons (including an Ironman race this June)–all to raise funds for ovarian cancer. Dorothy recently shared with us why she picked the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance as one of the three organizations benefiting from her Triathlon Trifecta.


OCNA KEEPS YOU UP-TO-DATE ON OVARIAN CANCER RESEARCH

Each June brings a wave of new cancer research presented at the American Society of Clinical Oncology meeting. Our staff is attending this year’s conference and will report back to you on studies that affect ovarian cancer patients.

The next issue of The Teal Journal will feature reports from ASCO and an in-depth feature about personalized medicine. Follow The Teal Journal on Facebook to be among the first notified when a new issue is published.


PARTNER MEMBER PROFILE: COLORADO OVARIAN CANCER ALLIANCE

The Colorado Ovarian Cancer Alliance (COCA) was founded in June 2005 by a group of women with ovarian cancer who wanted to support one another and raise awareness of the symptoms of their disease. In the words of Pep Torres, the organization’s executive director, “They put their chemo brains together and they did it.”

Read more about the Colorado Ovarian Cancer Alliance.