About Ovarian Cancer Coalition
S T A F F
Chris Bledy, Executive Director
Dee Mitchell, President
Cindy Deaver, Vice President
Ken Goodman, EVP of Marketing/Fundraising
Lorie Lieberman, Treasurer
Melissa Victoria, Secretary
Alarmed by the lack of information and resources available to women regarding Ovarian Cancer, Gayle McKenna founded the Ovarian Cancer Coalition of Greater California in 1997. It was incorporated and obtained official non-profit status in 2001.The Ovarian Cancer Coalition of Greater California unites the efforts of ovarian cancer survivors and individuals across California. We all are working to ensure that women get the early treatment they need and this deadliest of gynecological cancer can be conquered.
We keep hope alive by focusing on these main areas:
- Public Education
- Raising public awareness by educating the community.
- We provide free educational materials in English and Spanish
- We participate in Health Fairs put on by various companies and organizations such as Amgen, LAPD, Schools, Churches, etc.
- We accept invitations to speak at various events and venues
- Public Policy
- Advocating for increased research funding, genetic testing policies and insurance for all therapies.
- Keeping informed about current Federal and State policies impacting women’s heath issues.
- Providing grants to scientists and researchers working specifically on ovarian cancer.
- Supporting the scientific understanding of ovarian cancer in order to improve early detection and therapies to find a cure.
- Coordination & Communication
- Coordinating efforts in the fight against ovarian cancer by developing networks within the community, state, and the nation.
- We are partnered with other organizations such as the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance and other ovarian cancer organizations.
- Events and Activities
- Annual Walk/Run for Hope and Awareness
- Annual Lunch and Learn
- Legendary Bingo
- Educational Health Fairs
- Educational Community Lectures
Support Us in Our Efforts
You can help us to raise awareness, educate the public and raise money for much needed research in a wide variety of ways. It’s astounding how many lives are touched by helping out. It means a great deal to us here at OCC and to so many women who lives have been impacted by this terrible disease.
Ways to Help:
- Volunteer your time.
- Organize a fundraiser.
- Sponsor an event.
- Involve your employer.
- Donate money.
- Donate new items that can be used for raffle prizes at events.
- Lobby for women’s health issues.
Feel free to contact us for additional information or questions at our Contact Us page.