Our founder, nine-year survivor Patricia Franchi Flaherty, took a stand when she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer a second time in 2006. She spent the next two years – the last two years – of her life filled with determination, drive and a passion to create Ovations for the Cure of Ovarian Cancer.
Before we know it, the holiday season will be here and during this season of giving, I want you to know that I am grateful for the continued support of individuals like yourself who have helped to fund our current patient programs. We hope to expand these programs in 2019 – but we need your help to accomplish this goal.
Because of people like you, in 2018 we were able to provide over 650 healthy meals to our patients and their families. This program provides patients with free healthy and easy to prepare meals.
We were able to provide over 200 patients with one of our Princess Bead and Bracelets. The Princess Bead and Bracelet program is intended to be a show of support for the patients. This program is offered nationwide to all women fighting ovarian cancer.
We hosted 145 patients and care partners at our Annual Learning for Living Symposium. The Symposium is an annual forum designed to educate and update patients, survivors and their care partners – at no cost to them – on the latest in ovarian cancer research, treatment and therapies. Held at the Four Seasons in Boston this day was created not just to educate – but to make every person attending feel special, cared for and supported. The luncheon following the Symposium allows all attendees to interact with each other and beautiful friendships have been made at this event.
This year there was approximately 22,240 new cases of ovarian cancer diagnosed and sadly, 14,070 will not survive. That is why in 2018, we donated over $22,000 to Dr. Ursula Matulonis’ Research Fund at Dana Farber. We know that all our efforts are only possible because of the contributions and support we receive from donors like you.
Thank you for believing in us and supporting our mission,