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OVARIAN CANCER NATIONAL ALLIANCE
June 17, 2010

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.

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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

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About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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Professional with expertise in this field & Survivors Teaching Students program.