Awards

Each year, the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance honors individuals who contribute to our cause through advocacy, education and research. These awards are presented during our Annual Conference in Washington, DC.

The Carolyn Pultz Brown Leadership Award
The Carolyn Pultz Brown Leadership Award is bestowed upon an outstanding community leader who has the capacity to influence others and has made a great impact on the ovarian cancer community. The award honors our Board President Terri McKnight’s mother, Carolyn Pultz Brown, who died of ovarian cancer in 2007.

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Past award winners include:
2013—Linda Koteen
2012—Dennis Oziel and Robert Ferriday III
2011—Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ)
2010—Patricia C. Modrow, PhD
2009—Diane Paul
2008—Karen Mason
2007—The Entire Ovarian Cancer Community
2006—Senator Olympia Snowe (R-ME)
2005—Grassroots Champion Sheryl Silver
2004—Representative Rosa DeLauro (D-CT)
2003—California State Representative Deborah Ortiz

Cindy Melancon Spirit Award
The Cindy Melancon Spirit Award commends and honors individuals for their commitment to the ovarian cancer community. The award is named after Cindy Melancon, a founder of the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance and creator of the CONVERSATIONS! newsletter. The award has been given to many excellent ovarian cancer leaders throughout the years.

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Past award winners include:
2013—Kathleen Maxian
2012—Program Participants of the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance’s Survivors Teaching Students: Saving Women’s Lives® Program
2011—Diane Rader O’Connor
2010—Susan Lowell Butler
2009—Kolleen Stacey
2008—Carolyn Benivegna
2007—Betty Reiser
2006—Joan Summer
2005—Gayle McKenna
2004—Sandi Pniauskas
2003—Christina Carr

The Rosalind Franklin Excellence in Ovarian Cancer Research Award
The Rosalind Franklin Excellence in Ovarian Cancer Research Award is named for the molecular biologist Dr. Rosalind Elsie Franklin, who played a vital role in discovering the structure of DNA. Her career was cut short in 1958 when she died of ovarian cancer at age 37. Throughout her life, she was a committed researcher; this award honors her legacy of excellence.

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Past award winners include:
2012—Elizabeth Swisher, MD
2012—Ronald D. Alvarez, MD
2011—Robert Allen Burger, MD
2010—George Coukos, MD, PhD
2009—Nicole Urban, ScD
2008—Robert Bast, MD
2007—Deborah Armstrong, MD
2006—Elise Kohn, MD
2005—Barbara Goff, MD

The Patricia A. Goldman Award
This award honors leaders who show innovation and strong leadership in creating a new organization, research or service for women suffering from ovarian cancer. The award is named after Patricia “Pat” Goldman, a founder of the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance; it is given only on exceptional occasions.

Patricia Goldman, right, speaks with the 2012 award winners, Pam Faerber, left and Bonnie Donihi, center.

Past award winners include:
2012—Bonnie Donihi and Pam Faerber
2009—Annette Leal Mattern
2007—Patricia A. Goldman