OVARIAN CANCER NATIONAL ALLIANCE

Rating: 4.81 stars   52 reviews

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Location: 1101 14th St. NW Suite 850 Washington DC 20005 USA

Mission: To advance the interests of women with ovarian cancer.
Target demographics: advance the interests of women with ovarian cancer
Geographic areas served: Nationwide
Programs: Survivors Teaching Students: Saving Women's Lives, the Ovarian Cancer National Conference, Advocate Leaders and more!
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EIN 31-1581756
202-331-1332
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Rating: 5 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

Ovarian Cancer National Alliance is the leader in new and innovative ways to get the word out there about ovarian cancer. OCNA's Survivors Teaching Students program takes a proactive approach by organizing survivor volunteers to present their stories to Medical, Nursing and Physician Assistants students. By putting a face to a disease, these volunteers are able to educate these students as they enter the medical field, on the signs and symptoms of ovarian cancer with the hopes of red flagging patients and diagnosing ovarian cancer sooner than it might have ordinarily been diagnosed. The responses to the STS program are staggering. Students leave not only teary eyed as they are totally engaged by these women, but ideally, these students leave the classroom educated about ovarian cancer, what to look for, signs and symptoms, and what to do if they suspect a women has ovarian cancer. OCNA is always at the cutting edge in their delivery of programs, education, advocacy and overall support to women who or know someone who is afflicted with this deadly disease. I have seen many not for profits, however, OCNA exemplifies "always trying harder" to provide the best support on all levels for such a worthy cause. Ovarian cancer has not only been known as the silent killer, but equally important, there has been silence in the overall awareness of this disease. OCNA is changing that and is really making a difference.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

By being involved in the STS program, I have not only learned about ovarian cancer, but what has even been more important to me is the element of hope and the support that I personally receive for all the survivors and OCNA

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-6-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

As an oncology nurse and a leader of one of the Partner Member groups, I have been involved with OCNA for the last 14 years. It has been an incredible partnership with the main goal of improving the lives of women with ovarian cancer. As a healthcare professional, it is the place I turn to when I need resources for my patients. I have had the privilege to serve on the board of directors for the last 6 years. It is an honor to work on the OCNA team.

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7 people found this review helpful

Nine years ago, I turned to the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance after losing a dear friend to ovarian cancer. I was interested in building an organization in my community to adavocate for ovarian cancer. The Ovarian Cancer National Alliance assisted me tremendously with this process. They have guided and supported my organization all along the way. It is a true privledge to work with the Alliance.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

making a difference in public policy.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the support they give and the wonderful people who work so hard to help others!

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

extremely giving of their time and very knowledgable in their work.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

fund more programs for ovarian cancer which is so desperatley needed.

Ways to make it better...

It could not have been better!!

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

One thing I'd also say is that...

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-7-01

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Rating: 4 stars  

10 people found this review helpful

This organization is bringing together women with ovarian cancer and their supporters to help raise awareness, provide a sense of community and change perception. Surviving is possible, there are recognizable symptoms. Learn them and protect yourself and your the women in your life.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

bringing a strong sense of community. Moving research forward. Raising awareness

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Make as many alliances as possible in the cancer world.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Their committment and energy.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Terrific and dedicated.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Bring its Surivors Teaching Students (for medical students) program to EVERY medical school. It could reach ALL women with ovarian cancer, and hopefully raise awareness of all gyn doctors as to the issues.

Ways to make it better...

They more strongly acknowledged the role of complementary, alternative (CAM), natural cancer therapies while discussing conventional treatments.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Growing more awareness, getting more research.

One thing I'd also say is that...

They are a great group with an uphill battle.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-7-01

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