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OVARIAN CANCER NATIONAL ALLIANCE
July 28, 2009

While researching to understand ovarian cancer after being diagnosed in early 2007, I discovered "Survivors Teaching Students: Saving Women's Lives," the ovarian cancer educatiion program for medical students under the sponsorship of OCNA. As I am a living example of two things that have become my passion: early detection of ovarian cancer and timely referral of patients into the care of a gynecologic oncologist, I will share my story whenever the opportunity presents itself: as a guest speaker, facilitator, or writer for community outreach efforts. OCNA continues to support my education and commitment with attending their annual conferences the last two years in Washington, DC.; participating in Lobbying Congress on the last day of the conference. As well, they nominated me to participate this year as a Consumer Reviewer of the Department of Defense Congressionlly Directed Medical Scientific Research Panel for FY09 ovarian cancer program.

The Great!

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

the eyes of third year medical students who listened and responded to our presentations at the medical school about the symptons and risk factors from personal experiences of ovarian cancer survivors.

Ways to make it better...

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

Raise funds to hire more part time and permanent staff members.

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

Their support in any way I need to facilitate and expand our outreach program here in San Diego California.

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

Top notch, caring and highly motivated personnel.

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

Change the face of ovarian cancer and affect the dollars we need for research to find the early detection screening test to save women's lives.

Ways to make it better...

If the days of the Conference in Washington DC were not so packed and long.

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

Enough staff to support the indivduals expanding the Survivors Teaching Students Program. Standarizing the partner members under the umbrella of OCNA as each one seems to have their own name which is confusing as to the organization they belong.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

MY ROLE:
Volunteer & Launched "Survivors Teaching Students" Program at UCSD School of Medicine.