Ann KolkerThe Kolker Fellowship commemorates the legacy of pioneering health policy advocate Ann Kolker. At the time Ann was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 1996, she was already a political powerhouse, having early involvement with organizations like the National Women’s Political Caucus and Emily’s List. She was also a leader for women’s health at the National Women’s Law Center. When she realized that there was no unified national voice representing the women in need of ovarian cancer research and advocacy, she helped found the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance. She became the organization’s first Executive Director and used her keen intellect and determination to turn the organization into a leading force in the field of patient advocacy. Federal funding for ovarian cancer research has more than tripled since Ann began her advocacy efforts. After a long and courageous battle with cancer, she passed away on February 3, 2016.

Ann’s organization, the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance merged in 2016 with Ovarian Cancer Research Fund and is now the largest organization in the world advocating on behalf of ovarian cancer survivors and pushing to advance research. The new organization, Ovarian Cancer Research Fund Alliance (OCRFA) annually funds $6 million in ovarian cancer research directly and is leading the push for improved access to healthcare and awareness of the disease.

Read more about applying to the Kolker Fellowship. Applications must be received to by 12:00pm on December 15, 2016.

Ann Kolker: Powerhouse Advocate