The Ovarian Cancer National Alliance changed my understanding of life as a survivor of ovarian cancer. First, as a client, I learned about my disease through their education programs. Then I learned about empowerment, testifying on behalf of other women with the disease. Through their outreach efforts, we engaged the underserved and under-informed. We became the voice of patients to healthcare providers and policy makers, and made substantive change. This is a charity that affects every aspect of ovarian cancer - patients, clinicians, researchers, donors, caregivers, lawmakers and the public. Serving on their board is the most honorable role of my life.
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.
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.
After my diagnosis of ovarian cancer in 2002, I truly thought my life was over. It was then that I attended my first Ovarian Cancer National Alliance Conference in Washington DC. It changed my life! I was introduced to amazing survivors, top notch doctors and researchers, and an incredibly dedicated and competent staff. That was the beginning of my learning how to become an advocate for ovarian cancer. I currently serve as President of the OCNA Board of Directors, and I could not be prouder of our fine organization. The staff and the board work tirelessly to serve the best interests of the ovarian cancer community.
Diane Rader O'Connor
Seven years ago,the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance made it possible for me to transcend the label of "cancer patient" and become an advocate; it changed my life. I just attended my 8th annual OCNA conference---they keep getting better and better. OCNA is a leader in education, awareness, and advocacy in the area of ovarian cancer. I am proud to be a board member and the president of my local Ovarian Cancer Alliance of OR/SW Wa.
I'm a survivor of ovarian cancer and, after evaluating other cancer charities and serving on other boards, decided this group will make a difference. OCNA has earned respect on Capitol Hill, among scientists and survivors. Excellent leadership and very beneficial programs.
The Ovarian Cancer National Alliance has united individuals, groups and healthcare professionals in the fight against ovarian cancer. They are working on behalf of patients and families to ensure our voices are heard in Washington and government funding for ovarian cancer is maintained and increased. The Ovarian Cancer National Alliance is the "go to" resource for ovarian cancer and I am proud to be a part of it!
I have been involved with the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance since 2002. I am currently a board member. It has been an honor to work with this group as they have grown to bring awareness about ovarian cancer to the general public, worked with the medical community, other national health organizations and Congress to change the face of this deadly disease.