We are a powerful voice for everyone touched by ovarian cancer. We connect survivors, women at risk, caregivers and health providers with the information and resources they need. We ensure that ovarian cancer is a priority for lawmakers and agencies in Washington, DC, and throughout the country. We help our community raise their voices on behalf of every life that has been affected by this disease.
MissionTo advance the interests of women with ovarian cancer.
HistoryIn 1997, the leaders of five disparate ovarian cancer organizations met for the first time, thanks to two national events: the launch of the Department of Defense Ovarian Cancer Research Program and a town hall meeting convened by the group Ovar’coming Together. These meetings inspired the leaders to form the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance, an organization that would advance the interests of women with ovarian cancer. Our founders envisioned an organization that would serve as a ocal point for women with ovarian cancer, providing support, resources and education.
FoundersThe five founding groups of the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance were:
- CONVERSATIONS! The International Newsletter for Those Fighting Ovarian Cancer (Texas)
- The National Ovarian Cancer Coalition (Florida)
- Ovar’coming (Indiana)
- The Ovarian Cancer Coalition of Greater Washington (Washington, D.C.)
- SHARE: Self-Help for Women with Breast or Ovarian Cancer (New York)
The first board of directors of the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance was comprised of ovarian cancer survivors. Our founding mothers were: Kai Binford, Susan Lowell Butler*, Bonnie Donihi, Pamela J. Faerber, Patricia A. Goldman, Gail Hayward*, Nancy Hines, Ann Kolker, Carolyn N. Marks*, Cindy Melancon*, Rhonda Oziel*, Betty Reiser, Ceil Sinnex and Susan Wallace.
An asterisk (*) indicates a Founding Mother who is now deceased.