2012 Annual Conference

Conference Materials Advocacy Day Materials

Pamela Faerber

Founding Mother Pamela Faerber addresses the 2012 conference. Photo by Pam Risdon

Once again, our Annual Conference left participants inspired, educated and engaged! Our speakers showed how we are Poised for Progress in research, awareness and advocacy on ovarian cancer.

Educational sessions at the conference included a look at progress in ovarian cancer research from Dr. Robert Burger, a session on clinical trials by Dr. Ronald Alvarez and this year’s Mello-Abrams Lectureship, in which Dr. Robert Coleman talked about the link between endometriosis and ovarian cancer. Our expert panels explored hot topics like drug shortages and health reform.

Former Board President Pat Goldman kicked off our 15th Anniversary celebrations with her memories of the Alliance’s founding in 1997, including some humorous photographs of her fellow founders! Conference attendees danced the night away at our 15th Anniversary Party.

Our conference ended with two inspiring speakers who are truly poised for progress on ovarian cancer. High school student Jack Andraka got a standing ovation after he presented the results of his innovative paper test for the detection of ovarian cancer. Jack was followed by keynote speaker Olivia Culpo, who talked about how she will speak for ovarian cancer survivors during her reign as Miss USA 2012.

Miss USA joined more than 70 ovarian cancer advocates on Capitol Hill for the Alliance’s annual Advocacy Day. The halls of Congress were filled with teal as our community urged support for ovarian cancer research and awareness, as well as a bill that would ensure cancer patients have adequate coverage for oral chemotherapy drugs.

Mark your calendars for July 12-15, 2013, when we hope to see you in Washington, DC, for our 16th Annual Conference.