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Camp Mak-A-Dream May through September, 2015 — Camp Mak-A-Dream
Watch for 2015 dates to be announced!
Gold Creek, Montana
Camp Mak-A-Dream, located 65 miles east of Missoula, Montana sponsors two ovarian cancer survivor camps a year. The report from women who have attended is outstanding. The facility is lovely, the women are amazing, and the activities are flexible. The camp is free to everyone; tax-deductible donations can be made to the foundation which subsidizes the camp. A $250 donation is suggested. Transportation to the camp is to be paid by the participant.

Women diagnosed with ovarian cancer can attend one of two scheduled retreats organized through Camp Mak-a-Dream. These free retreats are May 1-5, and Sept. 4-8, 2014. Applications are now being taken.

Because it is so popular, it is recommended that you register online as soon as possible. They also have retreats for women with any form of cancer and for young adults (18 - 40 years old) in treatment or after treatment. If you would like to connect with someone who has already attended, just email us at .

Morrison Bridge Lighted in Teal Lights
Friday, October 16, 2014
Check out Morrison Bridge after dark! Hosted by the Ovarian Cancer Alliance of Oregon and SW Washington.
Sponsored by the Ovarian Cancer Alliance of Oregon and SW Washington

Thursday, October 16, 2014, 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. — O-Vary Funny! A Stand-up Night & Benefit for OCAOSW
DoubleTree by Hilton
1000 NE Multnomah Street
Portland, OR 97232
Our 2nd O-Vary Funny event was a big success. Guests enjoyed themselves as they shopped the silent auction tables and laughed during the routines of our two comedians. The paddle raise brought in more funds than expected, all of which will continue to support our programs and outreach. See all the teal and smiles at our auction!
Benefit film screening of N.E.D., The Movie: 6:30 pm
Monday, October 13, 2014
Century 16 Cedar Hills
3200 SW Hocken Avenue, Beaverton, OR
This award-winning documentary of the same name as the band, No Evidence of Disease, interweaves the harrowing experiences and remarkable courage of women, devoted families, and these dedicated musician-doctors. As music and medicine join forces in the fight for life, the surgeons are transformed into rising rock stars, and their patients and loved ones jump on the bandwagon, infusing the struggle for survival with heart, hope and Rock 'n' Roll.
$11 per ticket. Proceeds benefit FORCE.
Benefit film screening of N.E.D., The Movie: 7 to 8:30 pm
Sunday, September 28, 2014
The Edmonds (WA) Theater
415 Main Street, Edmonds, WA
This award-winning documentary of the same name as the band, No Evidence of Disease, interweaves the harrowing experiences and remarkable courage of women, devoted families, and these dedicated musician-doctors. As music and medicine join forces in the fight for life, the surgeons are transformed into rising rock stars, and their patients and loved ones jump on the bandwagon, infusing the struggle for survival with heart, hope and Rock 'n' Roll.
$12 per ticket. Proceeds benefit FORCE. Buy tickets at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/688161
"In Memory of Molly" Fundraising Walk
Saturday, September 27, 2014
Samantha Adams lost her mom to ovarian cancer in mid-2014. She will walk the distance between their two homes on Saturday, Sept. 27th to raise awareness of the symptoms of ovarian cancer. Donate at http:// www.ovariancancerosw.org/donateMolly.php
AM Northwest Television Show
Friday, September 26, 2014
Ovarian Cancer awareness supporters, dressed in teal, will fill the audience of the morning taping. To participate, email Amy at .
Downtown Camas Girls’ Night Out: 5 to 9 p.m.
Thursday, September 25, 2014
Camas, WA
Event guests can wander downtown shopping, and sampling food and drink. $20 per person. Kick-off at 304 NE 4th Avenue, Camas, WA. Proceeds from the evening benefit the Ovarian Cancer Alliance of Oregon and SW Washington and the Pink Lemonade Project.

NOTE: this evening will pay special tribute to Marilyn States Goodman, a beloved volunteer and friend to many who died recently from ovarian cancer.
SHOC Foundation: Teal in the Garden: Noon
Saturday, September 20, 2014
18575 Portland Avenue
Gladstone, OR
Teal Time at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU): 6 p.m.
Monday, September 15, 2014
Oregon Health & Science University
Portland, OR
Join hosts from OHSU in honoring ovarian cancer survivors and supporters for a free reception. All are welcome to attend. Complimentary wine and appetizers will be served in the beautiful lobby and on the terrace of the Center for Women’s Health, 7th floor of the Kohler Pavilion. 6 p.m. RSVP by 9/10 to .
City of Portland "pre-gavel" proclamation declaring September as Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month
Wednesday, August 27, 2014
City Hall
1221 SW 4th Avenue, Portland, 97204
We'll meet outside Council Chambers at 9:15 a.m. RSVP: .
Sunday, July 27, 2014 — Marsha Rivkin SummeRun & Walk for Ovarian Cancer
Seattle, WA
The annual SummeRun took place in Seattle on July 27. Diane O'Connor represented OCAOSW at this inspiring event. Read more and see more pictures: www.summerun.org.

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Tuesday June 10, 2014, 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. — OCAOSW’s Medical Update
Compass Oncology, Portland
Dr. Lisa McCluskey presented the latest information from the spring SGO and ASGO meetings.
Lisa Clark, FNP, AOCNP, APNG, spoke on genetics and genetic testing.
Compass Oncology
Hosted in conjunction with Compass Oncology at the Rose Quarter location.
265 N Broadway, Portland OR 97227
See the Compass Oncology's flyer.
April 12, 2014, noon to 2 p.m. — OCAOSW's Survivor and Volunteer Luncheon
McMenamin's Kennedy School, Portland
OCAOSW honored volunteers and survivors at this spring luncheon.
Compass Oncology Feb. 12, 2014, 5 to 9 p.m. — Advancements in Breast Cancer Treatment 2014
DoubleTree Lloyd Center, Portland
Compass Oncology presented the latest updates on breast cancer information, following the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium. Schedule and registration details.
N.E.D. Documentary Film banner Thursday, January 16, 2014, 7 pm and 9 pm — N.E.D. Documentary Film Screening
Living Room Theater
341 SW 10th Avenue, Portland
This award-winning documentary of the same name as the band, No Evidence of Disease, interweaves the harrowing experiences and remarkable courage of women, devoted families, and these dedicated musician-doctors. As music and medicine join forces in the fight for life, the surgeons are transformed into rising rock stars, and their patients and loved ones jump on the bandwagon, infusing the struggle for survival with heart, hope and Rock 'n' Roll. This screening was hosted by Marjie's Fund. All showings were SOLD OUT.

Pre-Movie Gathering
OvCa survivors and OvCa awareness supporters met for no-host pre-movie drinks and dinner at McMenamin's Ringler's Pub.

When: 5 to 7 p.m. (Happy Hour menu until 6 p.m.)
Where: Ringer's Pub (McMenamin's)
           1332 W. Burnside
           Portland, OR
October 17, 2013, 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. — FORCE Open House & Fundraiser
Golden Valley Brewery, Beaverton, OR
Join our partners at FORCE (Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered) for an evening of shopping and fun. No host bar, appetizers and friendship while you shop Silpada Jewelry, Nancy Brown Glass Work & Thirty One. All proceeds go to FORCE.
September 26th, 2013, 6:30 to 8 pm. — Ovarian Cancer Talk with Providence Professionals
Providence Portland Medical Center, Portland, OR
As part of a cancer series, this ovarian cancer talk discussed causes and treatments for ovarian cancer, ways to prevent it, and what to expect once a patient has been diagnosed with it.
Morrison Bridge in Teal Lights September 19th, 2013 — Morrison Bridge Lighting
Portland, OR
The Morrison Bridge was dressed in teal lights in support of ovarian cancer awareness. What a beautiful sight!


Sponsored by the Ovarian Cancer Alliance of Oregon and SW Washington

September 19, 2013, 5:00pm Diane O'Connor and Diane Elizondo having fun — O-Vary Funny! A Stand-up Night & Benefit for Ovarian Cancer
DoubleTree by Hilton
Portland, OR
A sold-out crowd, dressed in all shades of teal, gathered for a night of comedy at the recent O-Vary Funny! event on September 19. Three comedians kept guests laughing while they dined and wined, shopped and socialized. The event, which was a fundraiser for the Ovarian Cancer Alliance of Oregon and SW Washington, was presented by Compass Oncology. More than $16,000 were raised through corporate sponsorships, individual donations and auction proceeds. All monies raised will help OCAOSW further its mission to support women with ovarian cancer, educate the medical community and public about the disease and advocate for federal research funding. (More about O-Vary Funny!)
People gathered to hear the Mayor's proclamation. September 18th, 2013 — City of Portland City Hall
Portland, OR
Mayor Charlie Hales issued a city-wide proclamation on Sept. 18th designating September as Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month. Watch the YouTube video.


Teal in the Garden September 14th, 2013 — Teal in the Garden
Gladstone, OR
Ovarian cancer survivors, SHOC Foundation board members and representatives from OHSU met for lunch and tea.
Audience dressed in teal for the AM Northwest TV show. September 6th, 2013 — AM Northwest TV show
Portland, OR
In support of National Wear Teal Day, the audience of the AM Northwest TV show was colored teal.




Sunday, Aug. 25, 2013 — 4th Annual Eugene Women's Half Marathon Eugene Half Marathon Volunteers
Eugene, OR
The Ovarian Cancer Alliance of Oregon & SW Washington was once again chosen as one of two partnering charities for the half marathon, which was an awareness/fundraising event for us.

Our table was visited by many participants who stopped by to pick up fliers, symptom cards, booklets, ask questions or just to chat. In addition, our own volunteers (all decked out in teal shirts and white caps with teal ribbons) helped welcome the runners over the finish line with mimosas and chocolates!

Saturday, August 3, 2013 — SHOC WalkEmpowerment Day Walk, Run & Race for the Sherie Hildreth Ovarian Cancer Foundation
Gladstone, OR
Empowerment Day Walk, Run & Race to raise funds for the Sherie Hildreth Ovarian Cancer Foundation.

Our OCAOSW was a sponsor of the SHOC walk at the crystal level. We were proud to participate in this event that raised money for ovarian cancer research at OHSU in the lab of Dr. Pejovic, who serves on our medical advisory board. Pictured: Diane O. and Diane E. at our table at the SHOC walk in Gladstone, OR.

For more information: www.shocfoundation.org
Tuesday, June 11, 5:30 to 7 p.m. — Update on Ovarian Cancer and Genetic Testing
Compass Oncology Rose Quarter
265 N. Broadway, Portland
Speakers: William Winter III, MD, Lisa Clark, FNP, AOCNP, APNG and Jenni Thompson, RN, BSN, OCN
The Ovarian Cancer Alliance of Oregon and SW Washington hosted an Update on Ovarian Cancer in partnership with Compass Oncology. The discussion for the event, which was well attended, was led by a panel of three: Dr. Colleen McCormick, MD, Lisa Clark, FNP, AOCNP, APNG, and Jenni Thompson, RN, BSN, OCN. Dr. McCormick gave an overview of the latest in diagnosis and treatment of ovarian cancer. She covered updates from the Society of Gynecologic Oncology (SGO) meeting in Los Angeles in the spring, and the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) meeting in Chicago in May. Lisa Clark spoke on genetics and ovarian cancer, and Jenni Thompson provided an overview of open clinical trials.

All three presentations were given in powerpoint form and are available now for review as individual pdf's:

April 15, 2013, 5:30 to 7 p.m. — Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer Talk
Compass Oncology West
9555 SW Barnes Rd; Suite 150
Portland, OR
This talk, hosted by FORCE (Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered) included a guest speaker and covered topics like family history of breast and ovarian cancers, and genetic testing.
Michelle Tully OCAOSW Volunteer Luncheon
March 2, 2013
The OCAOSW volunteers were honored at a luncheon at the Kennedy School in NE Portland. Thank you to Michelle Tully, our speaker, and to our sponsor, Compass Oncology.


Jennifer Wagner Baja Fresh Fundraiser
December, 2012
Glencoe High School Senior, Jennifer Wagner, was inspired by her grandmother's battle with ovarian cancer to organize a weekend-long fundraiser benefiting OCAOSW. The fundraiser was the focus of Jennifer's Senior Project. All proceeds of the event, held in December 2012, were donated to OCAOSW. Thanks, Jennifer!


September 29, 2012: Girls' Night Out in Downtown Camas
1 to 9 p.m.
The Downtown Camas Association hosted its third annual Girls' Night Out, a day into evening celebration in support of women and local cancer charities, including the Ovarian Cancer Alliance of Oregon & SW Washington.

On a gorgeous late-September day, throngs of women and friends attended seminars, shopped and previewed fashions worn by local models including these ovarian cancer survivors.

September 29, 2012: What All Women Should Know About Ovarian Cancer
Kennewick, WA
Diane O'Connor was one of the featured speakers at the "What All Women Should Know About Ovarian Cancer" event in Kenniwick, WA. The event was free and open to anyone who wished to attend. It was organized and facilitated by the Marsha Rivkin Center for Ovarian Cancer in Seattle in partnership with several other organizations, including the Ovarian Cancer Alliance of OR/SW WA

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Annual Overview and Update on Ovarian Cancer September 20, 2012: 3rd Annual Overview and Update on Ovarian Cancer
Sponsored by the Ovarian Cancer Alliance of Oregon and SW WashingtonDoubletree Hotel and the Lloyd Center
Portland, OR
Over 100 attendees participated in our 3rd annual Ovarian Cancer Update and Dinner on Thursday, Sept. 20 from 5 pm to 8 pm. at the Doubletree Hotel. Three local gynecologic oncologists and a survivor advocate spoke on the latest in ovarian cancer research and treatment, as well as the Davinci robotic method of surgery. Doctors who presented were Dr. Fabio Cappuccini, Dr. Elizabeth Munro and Dr. Colleen McCormick. Judy Fornia was the patient research advocate speaker. The excellent information, the creative silent auction, and a good meal with wine added up to a good time for all!
9th Biennial Ovarian Cancer 
Research Symposium September 6-7, 2012: 9th Biennial Ovarian Cancer Research Symposium
Seattle, WA
The Marsha Rivkin Center for Ovarian Cancer Research presented the 9th Biennial Ovarian Cancer Research Symposium in Seattle. Although the symposium was geared for professionals in cancer research, survivors were invited to attend.


Eugene Half Marathon August 26, 2012: 3rd Annual Eugene Women's Half Marathon
Eugene, OR
The Ovarian Cancer Alliance of Oregon & SW Washington was once again chosen as one of two partnering charities for the half marathon, which is an awareness/fundraising event for us.

Eighteen OCAOSW volunteers from Bend, Corvallis, Eugene, Grants Pass, Portland, Salem and Vancouver worked the race finish line handing out champagne and chocolates. In addition, our table was visited by many participants who stopped by to pick up fliers, symptom cards, booklets, ask questions or just to chat. More than $2,300 was raised through registration donations and the raffle.

SHOC Foundation Run August 4, 2012: SHOC Foundation's 8th Annual Empowerment Day Run & Walk
Gladstone, OR
All proceeds from the Walk are donated to ovarian cancer research at OHSU, under the direction of Dr. Tanja Pejovic. Many ovarian cancer survivors turn out for the Walk with friends, family, and dogs.

This year, Senator Ron Wyden addressed the group to kick off the event.
www.shocfoundation.org
Swedish SummeRun in Seattle
Sunday, July 22, 2012: SummeRun & Walk for Ovarian Cancer Swedish Medical Center
Seattle, WA
The annual 5k walk/run raises money for ovarian cancer research at the Marsha Rivkin Center for Ovarian Cancer in Seattle. See their website for more information: http://www.summerun.org/.

Pictured here are Diane and Terry O'Connor of the Ovarian Cancer Alliance of OR/SW WA.
FORCE: Facing Our Risk for Cancer Empowered Saturday April 21, 2012: Oregon/SW Washington FORCE Meeting
At BREAST FRIENDS
14050 SW Pacific Hwy, Suite 201
Tigard, OR 97224
Do you have a family history of breast and/or ovarian cancer? Have you tested positive for BRCA? Are you considering genetic testing? You are not alone. FORCE exists to improve the lives of individuals and families facing hereditary breast and ovarian cancer. Local area FORCE held a recent get-together for people to learn from other people who are navigating the BRCA path, and to help each other by sharing stories.

Sponsored by: Erin Hurley (, 541-990-5166) and Courtney Lercara, Oregon FORCE Outreach Coordinators.

March, 2012: N.E.D. Concerts
NED Cover Image N.E.D., short for No Evidence of Disease, is a group of six gynecologic oncologists and surgeons, scattered across the country, who create and perform original music to help raise awareness and research funding for gynecologic cancers, spread healing through music, and help humanity in general rock out. For more information visit their website and follow them on Facebook!

Their new album, Six Degrees, is now available at CD Baby. CD Baby is graciously donating $2 to Marjies Fund for each CD purchased. Purchase the album and help support the cause.


NED Documentary Saturday, March 10 ~ N.E.D. Live at the Aladdin Theater
Sunday, March 11 ~ Rhythm Heals Event with N.E.D. at the Tiffany Center

The Rhythm Heals Event on Sunday, March 11 was a special evening featuring an acoustic concert performance by N.E.D., dinner and silent auction and a OCA-OSW table at the March 11 benefit. preview screening of the documentary Dancing with N.E.D. The documentary includes footage from Portland following Dr. Will Winter, a gynecologic oncologist at Compass Oncology in Portland, in his practice as well as during the band's performance at the Aladdin in January 2011. Watch the trailer.

Some members of the Ovarian Cancer Alliance of Oregon and SW Washington shared a table at the NED Benefit on March 11. A great time was had by all! In addition to a lovely meal and music by NED, we enjoyed the sneak preview of the documentary being made of the NED Rock Band.

Survivors Teaching Students November 2, 2011: Survivors Teaching Students
Portland, OR
Another STS (Survivors Teaching Students) presentation on ovarian cancer was made to the nursing school students at Concordia University in Portland . From left to right: Judy Fornia, Diane O'Connor, Kim Waldrep, and instructor Lesley Carlston.
Susan G. Komen for the Cure Health Expo 2011 September 16 - 17, 2011: Susan G. Komen for the Cure Health Expo 2011
Oregon Convention Center, Portland, OR
The Ovarian Cancer Alliance of Oregon & SW Washington once again participated in the Komen Health Expo held at the Oregon Convention Center on September 16th and 17th. The Komen Health Expo is the premier local health and fitness show with a special emphasis on breast health and women's wellness.
Eugene Women's Half Marathon, 2011 Sunday, September 4, 2011: Eugene Women's Half Marathon
Eugene, OR
We are happy to report that the second annual Eugene Women's Half Marathon was a huge success! The Ovarian Cancer Alliance of Oregon & SW Washington was once again chosen as one of two partnering charities for the half marathon, which was an awareness/fundraising event for us. Eugene Women's Half Marathon, 2011

Our table was visited by many participants who stopped by to pick up fliers, symptom cards, booklets, ask questions or just to chat. In addition, our own 22 volunteers (all decked out in teal shirts and white caps with teal ribbons) helped welcome the runners over the finish line with mimosas and chocolates!

It's not too late to donate as part of our "virtual" Team Teal! Donate now!

What a great way to celebrate National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month!
SHOC Foundation's 7th Annual Empowerment Day Run & Walk Saturday, August 6, 2011: SHOC Foundation's 7th Annual Empowerment Day Run & Walk
Gladstone, OR
The Ovarian Cancer Alliance of Oregon and SW Washington was once again a sponsor in the Sherie Hildreth Ovarian Cancer Foundation's 7th annual event in Gladstone, OR. All proceeds from the Walk are donated to ovarian cancer research at OHSU, under the direction of Dr. Tanja Pejovic. Many ovarian cancer survivors turned out for the Walk with friends, family, and dogs. Shown in the photo are Martha Richards, Angel Gnau, and Diane Elizondo: all ovarian cancer survivors who participated in the event. www.shocfoundation.org
Swedish SummeRun in Seattle July 24, 2011: SummeRun & Walk for Ovarian Cancer
Swedish Medical Center
Seattle, WA
Swedish SummeRun in Seattle: Pictured here are Diane O. of the Ovarian Cancer Alliance of OR/SW WA and Jean and Joan of the Ovarian and Breast Cancer Alliance in Seattle. The annual walk/run raises money for ovarian cancer research at the Marsha Rivkin Center for Ovarian Cancer in Seattle.
www.summerun.org
Girls Night Out in Camas May 26, 2011, 5:00 - 9:00 pm: Girls Night Out in Camas
Camas, WA
Downtown Camas Association and Downtown Camas Merchants sponsored a "Girls Night Out" evening. This fun filled evening included raffle prizes, free beauty treatments, shopping and dining promotions and other fun activities. Proceeds went to the Ovarian Cancer Alliance of Oregon & SW Washington and to the Pink Lemonade Project. Many women participated and also learned about the symptoms of ovarian cancer. Pictured is Carrie Schulstad of the Camas Chamber of Commerce with Judy Fornia (left) of the Ovarian Cancer Alliance of OR/SW WA as she awards the check. Thank you!
Lisa Clark, FNP, Dr. Norma Steiner, Dr. Tanja Pejovic
Sponsored by the Ovarian Cancer Alliance of Oregon and SW Washington
May 12, 2011, 6:00 - 8:00 pm: 2nd Annual Ovarian Cancer Seminar
Ambridge Event Center - Marquam Room
1333 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Portland, OR
Presentations by Tanja Pejovic, MD, Norma Steiner, MD, and Lisa Clark, F.N.P., A.O.C.N.P.

Our 2nd annual ovarian cancer seminar was a great success with 80 attendees! Lisa Clark FNP, Dr. Norma Steiner, and Dr. Tanja Pejovic presented updated information and research on ovarian cancer and genetics. They answered many questions as well. We are so fortunate to have these amazing women in our community!

Volunteer Luncheon StaffVolunteer Luncheon ParticipantsApril 16, 2011: Volunteer Luncheon
Portland, OR
The Ovarian Cancer Alliance of OR/SW WA honored its many wonderful volunteers at a luncheon at Bella Gioia in the Pearl District. We had great Italian food and lots of fun, good conversation and networking. Thank you to all the amazing volunteers who participated!

April 18 - May 23, 2011: Cancer Transitions: Moving Beyond Treatment Workshop
Monday evenings, 5:30 - 8 p.m.
Legacy Good Samaritan Medical Center, Building 3, Conference Room 219
1130 NW 22nd Ave.
Portland, OR
Legacy Health is sponsoring a free 2˝-hour, six-week workshop designed to help cancer survivors transition from active treatment to post-treatment care. Topics led by expert panelists, including nurse practitioners, nutritionists and fitness experts, will include:
  • Exercise tailored to each participant's abilities
  • Training in relaxation and stress management
  • Tips for nutritious eating

FREE. Space is limited. Preregistration is required by calling 503-335-3500.
N.E.D., or No Evidence of Disease January 16, 2011: N.E.D., or No Evidence of Disease, rock concert
Portland, OR
The NED concert at the Aladdin Theater was a huge success. Here you see Elaine, Diane, Bev, Chama, and Bonnie enjoying the music and camadarerie. N.E.D., or No Evidence of Disease, is a rock band comprised of gynecologic oncologists, including Northwest Cancer Specialists' own Dr. Will Winter, who are on a mission to raise awareness about gynecologic cancers through music. This performance was filmed for a documentary about N.E.D.'s members and their mission; see www.dancingwithned.com.

Also, check out the television interview with Dr. Winter and his patient, Bev Lipsitz, by Tracy Barry on January 21st on KGW here.
Marsha Rivkin Center for Ovarian Cancer Research Symposium October 28 & 29, 2010: Marsha Rivkin Center for Ovarian Cancer Research Symposium
Seattle, WA
Karla Theer and Diane O'Connor are pictured here with Clint Burwell, the executive director of the Marsha Rivkin Center for Ovarian Cancer Research. The biennial ovarian cancer symposium was held in Seattle on October 28-29 and featured many top doctors and researchers in the area of ovarian cancer. Survivors were invited to attend free of charge.



Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure Health Fair September 17 & 18, 2010: Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure Health Fair
Portland, OR
The Ovarian Cancer Alliance of OR/SW WA took part in the annual Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure Health Fair at the Convention Center on Sept. 17 and 18. We gave out many symptom cards, brochures, and handouts on ovarian cancer; in addition many wonderful women stopped at our table to talk about ovarian cancer. It was an empowering event!

Eugene Women's Half-Marathon: Best Volunteers Ever! September 5, 2010: Eugene Women's Half-Marathon
Eugene, OR
We are thrilled to report that the first annual Eugene Women's Half Marathon was a huge success! The Ovarian Cancer Alliance of Oregon & SW Washington was chosen as one of two partnering charities for the half marathon, which was a new awareness/fundraising event for us.

Finisher and survivor Marilyn States Goodman with Diane O'Connor. Our table was visited by many participants who stopped by to pick up fliers, symptom cards, booklets, ask questions or just to chat. In addition, our own 22 volunteers (all decked out in teal shirts and white caps with teal ribbons) helped welcome the runners over the finish line with mimosas and chocolates!

A very special participant was Marilyn States Goodman, an ovarian cancer survivor who completed the 13 mile race in excellent time. She crossed the finish line to the cheers of her 4 year old son, husband and family members from Eugene. Marilyn was the face of Team Teal!

What a great way to celebrate National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month!
The Sherie Hildreth Empowerment Walk Saturday August 7, 2010: The SHOC Foundation 6th Annual Empowerment Walk
Gladstone, OR
The Ovarian Cancer Alliance of Oregon and SW Washington was once again a sponsor in this 6th annual event in Gladstone, OR. All proceeds from the Walk are donated to ovarian cancer research at OHSU, under the direction of Dr. Tanja Pejovic. Many ovarian cancer survivors turned out for the Walk with friends, family, and dogs.

Swedish SummeRun and Walk Sunday, July 25, 2010: The Swedish SummeRun and Walk
Seattle, WA
Diane O'Connor and Diane Elizondo participated in the 18th annual Swedish SummeRun in Seattle on July 25. All proceeds from the event go to the Marsha Rivkin Center for Ovarian Cancer Research. This year a record 3600 participants raised more than $426,000!



Survivors Teaching Students. May 24, 2010: Survivors Teaching Students.
Portland, OR
Diane O'Connor, Marilyn Goodman, and Connee Reau presented information on ovarian cancer to Professor Tara Gregory's class of graduating nurse practitioners at OHSU School of Nursing.



An Update on Ovarian Cancer. May 6, 2010: An Update on Ovarian Cancer
Portland, OR
On May 6, An Update on Ovarian Cancer, sponsored by The Ovarian Cancer Alliance of Oregon and SW WA, took place at the Ambridge Event Center in Portland. Three of our outstanding local gynecologists (Dr. Colleen McCormick, Dr. Emily Berry, and Dr. Fabio Cappuccini) presented information on diagnosis, treatment, recurrence, and news from the annual Society of Gynecologic Oncologists conference.

NED Rock Concert at the Crystal Ballroom. October 25, 2009: NED Rock Concert at the Crystal Ballroom.
Portland, OR
The Ovarian Cancer Alliance of OR/SW WA filled two tables for the dinner preceding the long-awaited NED Rock Concert. Our very own Portland gynecologic oncologist, Dr. Will Winter, was one of the stars. A great concert for a great cause!

Grand Rounds at the NCNM. October 19, 2009: Grand Rounds at the National College of Naturopathic Medicine
Portland, OR
Dr. Colleen McCormick (gynecologic oncologist with Northwest Cancer Specialists),Martha Richards, Diane Elizondo, and Diane O'Connor presented at Grand Rounds at the National College of Naturopathic Medicine. The topic was: Survivor and clinical perspectives on ovarian cancer.

2009 Sherie Hildreth Empowerment Walk August 1, 2009: The Sherie Hildreth Empowerment Walk,
Gladstone, OR
The Ovarian Cancer Alliance of Oregon and SW Washington was once again a sponsor in this 5th annual event in Gladstone, OR. All proceeds from the Walk are donated to ovarian cancer research at OHSU, under the direction of Dr. Tanja Pejovic. Many ovarian cancer survivors turned out for the Walk with friends, family, and dogs.

2009 Swedish SummeRun in Seattle, WA July 26, 2009: The 15th Annual Swedish SummeRun
Seattle, WA
RuthAnne Weisbard and Diane O'Connor from the Good Samaritan gynecologic cancer support group both walked in this annual event which raises money for the Marsha Rivkin Center for Ovarian Cancer Research in Seattle.


2009 WOCA: Women's Ovarian Cancer Awareness April 26, 2009: WOCA: Women's Ovarian Cancer Awareness,
Salem, OR
Deborah Dionesotes of Salem, who was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2008, created and organized this event . It consisted of speakers from the medical community and the ovarian cancer survivor community, live music, and a silent auction, as well as appetizers and beverages. All donations benefit the Ovarian Cancer Alliance of Oregon and SW Washington and the Marsha Rivkin Center for Ovarian Cancer Research in Seattle. The photo shows Diane Elizondo, Deb Dionesotes, and Diane O'Connor at our exhibit table. Thank you, Deb, for a wonderful event!
2008 Susan G. Komen Survivors' LuncheonOctober 25, 2008: Ovarian Cancer Alliance of Oregon & SW Washington Volunteers Luncheon
Portland, OR
We honored 25 of our wonderful volunteers at a luncheon at the Kennedy School in Northeast Portland. Diane Dennis, author of the new book, The Hourglass: How to Live as Time Flies By, was our keynote speaker.


2008 Susan G. Komen Survivors' LuncheonSeptember 21, 2008: Susan G. Komen Survivors' Luncheon
Portland, OR
The Ovarian Cancer Alliance of Oregon and SW Washington was proud to be a part of this wonderful event. Brochures and symptom cards for ovarian cancer were a part of every survivor's gift bag at the luncheon. Several of our members have survived both breast and ovarian cancer.


2008 Marsha Rivkin Center for Ovarian Cancer Research Biennial Symposium September 4, 2008: Marsha Rivkin Center for Ovarian Cancer Research Biennial Symposium,
Seattle, WA
The Marsha Rivkin Center for Ovarian Cancer Research biennial symposium was attended by Ann Werner, Cheryl Jackson, Karla Theer, and Diane O'Connor. The presenters were scientists and doctors in the field of ovarian cancer.


2008 Sherie Hildreth Empowerment WalkAugust 2, 2008: The Sherie Hildreth Empowerment Walk,
Gladstone, OR
The Ovarian Cancer Alliance of Oregon and SW Washington was once again a bronze sponsor in this 4th annual event in Gladstone, OR. All proceeds from the Walk are donated to ovarian cancer research at OHSU, under the direction of Dr. Tanja Pejovic.


2008 Cancer Summit July 28 and 29, 2008: Cancer Summit
Portland, OR
Cancer Care Resources staged its first annual Cancer Summit at the Convention Center in Portland. It addressed both cancer survivors as well as business leaders and policy makers. The focus was on cancer survivorship issues. Diane O'Connor participated on a panel discussing "Cancer Advocacy."



2008 Swedish SummeRunSunday, July 27, 2008: The 14th annual Swedish SummeRun
Seattle, WA
Vicki Neilson of Washougal again took part in the annual Swedish SummeRun in Seattle on July 27. This popular event raises money for the Marsha Rivkin Center for Ovarian Cancer Research in Seattle.



OHSU Women"s Conference April 26, 2008: OHSU Women's Health Conference
Portland, OR
The Ovarian Cancer Alliance of Oregon and SW Washington took part in the annual Oregon Health and Sciences University Women's Health Conference. Many women stopped by our table to learn more about ovarian cancer and to take away brochures, symptom cards, and information sheets on ovarian cancer.


Cancer Care Resources Benefit October 27, 2007: Cancer Care Resources Benefit
Portland, OR
The Ovarian Cancer Alliance of Oregon and SW Washington bought a table at the annual Cancer Care Resources Benefit. Cancer Care Resources offers services to all cancer patients in the Portland metropolitan area.


Susan G. Komen Survivors' Luncheon September 23, 2007: Susan G. Komen Survivors' Luncheon
Portland, OR
The Ovarian Cancer Alliance of Oregon and SW Washington was proud to be a part of this wonderful event. Brochures and symptom cards for ovarian cancer were a part of every survivor's gift bag at the luncheon. Several of our members have survived both breast and ovarian cancer.


Mrs. Hildreth Ovarian Cancer Empowerment Walk August 4, 2007: Mrs. Hildreth Ovarian Cancer Empowerment Walk
Gladstone, OR
The Ovarian Cancer Alliance of Oregon and Southwest Washington was a bronze sponsor in the 3rd annual Sherie Hildreth Empowerment Walk in Gladstone on August 4, 2007. We are seen here with Dr. Tanja Pejovic of OHSU, whose research on ovarian cancer benefits from the proceeds of the event.


Teaching at Concordia University July 24, 2007: Survivors Teaching Students
Portland, OR
On July 24 the Survivors Teaching Students spoke with Dr. Joyce Zerwekh's nursing school students at Concordia University concerning the signs and symptoms of ovarian cancer. We also speak to the nursing school students at Linfield, OHSU, and the University of Portland as well as to the nurse practitioner students at WSU-Vancouver and to all 3rd year medical students at OHSU on their ob/gyn rotation. This is part of a national program through the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance.

Vicki Neilson and her husband Derrill Neilson at the Swedish SummeRun July 22, 2007: Swedish SummeRun
Seattle, WA
Vicki Neilson and her husband, Derrill Neilson, of Washougal took part in the annual Swedish SummeRun in Seattle on July 22, 2007. This popular event raises money for the Marsha Rivkin Center for Ovarian Cancer Research in Seattle, Washington.

Survivors teaching students interviewees. November 7, 2006: KGW TV News Health Report at 5pm
On November 7, Diane O'Connor, Diane Elizondo, and Karie Shinn of the Ovarian Cancer Alliance of Orgeon and SW Washington were featured by Stephanie Stricklen, KGW news reporter, in her health segment about ovarian cancer. This highlighted the national "Survivors Teaching Students" program in which ovarian cancer survivors serve as educators for 3rd year medical students, in this case at OHSU in Portland.

Four women participants of the Hildreth run.
August 5, 2006: Mrs. Hildreth Ovarian Cancer Empowerment Walk,
Gladstone, OR
Sherie Hildreth is an ovarian cancer survivor in Gladstone who organized her 2nd annual walk/run to raise money for Ovarian Cancer research at OHSU. The event was a huge success with many ovarian cancer survivors participating in the walk and the special survivor breakfast afterwards.

The founder and others at the 2006 Swedish run. Click to see full size image.
CHIP VAN GILDER FOR TPNW (c) 2006
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July 23, 2006: Swedish SummeRun,
Seattle, WA
Great turnout for the Swedish SummeRun in Seattle, WA! Diane O'Connor and Diane Elizondo of Vancouver, WA and Sherie Hildreth of Gladstone, OR were three of the many survivors who walked together to raise money for the Marsha Rivkin Center for Ovarian Cancer Research Center in Seattle. This is the 4th year we have participated!

January 30, 2006: Diane O'Connor on AM Northwest
On Jan. 30 Diane O'Connor and Helene Redmond from the Legacy Good Samaritan gynecologic cancer support group appeared on the television program AM Northwest to talk about "life lessons learned from cancer." Our website was then linked to KATU's website for the month of February.