Council for Fashion & Social Change
Social Impact Through Collaboration


Ovarian Cancer Research Fund


o 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.


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 KolkerView OCNA’s Past President Emerita