In early 2002, two ovarian cancer survivors from Vancouver, WA, (Diane O'Connor and Diane Elizondo), met on an online ovarian cancer website.
Finally meeting in person, both were recovering from the effects of chemotherapy and both were looking for a way to use their slowly increasing energy toward helping women with this terrible diagnosis.
Diane and Diane started making plans to reach this goal. One plan was to organize a gynecologic cancer support group in the greater Vancouver area. The other plan was to start a local non-profit organization to help raise awareness of ovarian cancer in the health care community, the community at large and to offer support to women with ovarian cancer.
These dreams came true! The gynecologic cancer support group was created in 2003 at Southwest Washington Medical Center and the Ovarian Cancer Alliance of Oregon and SW Washington was officially created in 2005.
Continuing the work, the Diane's say, "we have found great satisfaction in spreading awareness of ovarian cancer through educating medical professionals and the public, providing support to women and their families and advocating at the state and federal levels for awareness and research funding."
"With thanks to the OCAOSW Board of Directors, the Medical Advisory Board, volunteers and contributors, we will continue to work hard for our community, and keep our dreams alive!"