To promote, advocate for and support scientific research as it relates to the causes, prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and cure for ovarian cancer; to provide education about ovarian cancer; to promote, advocate for and provide supportive services to persons affected by ovarian cancer; and to foster alliances to further those purposes.
Ann Schreiber, diagnosed with ovarian cancer, envisioned a world where one day we would be rid of this terrible disease, while also supporting the women and their loved ones going through the process of treatment, getting better, and living beyond a diagnosis even with the possibility of recurrence. While fighting this disease, Ann’s husband Sol, met and talked with the families and friends of other ovarian cancer patients and realized how limited information was, and how little research was being dedicated to curing ovarian cancer. Determined to make a difference, Sol discussed supporting more ovarian cancer research projects at Mount Sinai Hospital where Ann was being treated, with her physician, Dr. Carmel Cohen. Dr. Cohen recommended Sol think larger and fund research beyond his institution because that’s the faster path to a ending this disease. Together they resolved to start a national organization to combat not only the disease, but also the isolation and fear so often felt by ovarian cancer patients and their families. In 1994, Ann’s vision was realized in Ovarian Cancer Research Fund (OCRF). Just a few years later, Liz Tilberis, editor-in-chief of Harper’s Bazaar, was also battling ovarian cancer. Hoping to help other women going through the same ordeal, Liz discovered OCRF, and then devoted herself to serving as its first president, propelling the organization to a national platform.
In 1997, the leaders of five disparate ovarian cancer organizations, CONVERSATIONS! The International Newsletter for Those Fighting Ovarian Cancer (Texas), The National Ovarian Cancer Coalition (Florida), Ovar’coming (Indiana), The Ovarian Cancer Coalition of Greater Washington (Washington, D.C.), SHARE: Self-Help for Women with Breast or Ovarian Cancer (New York), met for the first time, thanks to two national events: the launch of the Department of Defense Ovarian Cancer Research Program and a town hall meeting convened by the group Ovar’coming Together. These meetings inspired the leaders to form the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance, an organization that would advance the interests of women with ovarian cancer. The founders envisioned an organization that would serve as a focal point for women with ovarian cancer, providing support, resources and education. Read more about OCNA’s first Executive Director, Ann Kolker. View OCNA’s Past President Emerita
In January, 2016, OCRF and OCNA combined all of their resources into one full-spectrum organization in our fight against ovarian cancer.