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Collectively, the organization has invested over $70 million in private ovarian cancer research and has advocated to secure over $2.2 billion federal dollars dedicated to ovarian cancer research and awareness since 1998.

Ovarian Cancer Research Alliance (OCRA)

EIN: 
13-3806788
CFC Number: 
11154

Ovarian Cancer Research Alliance (OCRA) is the largest global organization dedicated to advancing ovarian cancer research while supporting women and their families. As the voice for ovarian cancer, OCRA funds private research, advocates for increased federal research and awareness dollars and furthers policies that give women access to the services they need, as well as supports women and their families before, during and after a diagnosis.  Collectively, the organization has invested over $70 million in private ovarian cancer research and helped to secured over $2.2 billion federal dollars dedicated to ovarian cancer research and awareness since 1998. OCRA engages the survivor community with programs like Woman to Woman, pairing gynecologic cancer patients with gynecologic cancer survivors and Survivors Teaching Students®: Saving Women’s Lives, an educational program connecting ovarian cancer survivors with health professional students to present their unique stories and facts about the disease. Visit www.ocrfa.org to learn more. 

History:

Ovarian Cancer Research Fund (OCRF) and Ovarian Cancer National Alliance (OCNA), merged in January 2016 to form the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund Alliance (OCRFA). In 2018, the organization shortened its name to Ovarian Cancer Research Alliance (OCRA). Both OCRF and OCNA have led the way in research, advocacy and support for women and their families for more than 22 years.  Our complementary missions allow us magnify our already considerable impact in our joint fight against ovarian cancer.  Together we are stronger, more efficient and incredibly more effective.

About the former Ovarian Cancer Research Fund:

Ann Schreiber had a vision—diagnosed with ovarian cancer, she envisioned a national organization that would one day rid the world of this terrible disease, while also supporting the women and their loved ones going through the process of treatment, getting better, and living beyond a diagnosis even with the possibility of recurrence.  While staying with Ann in the hospital, her husband, Sol, met and talked with the families and friends of other ovarian cancer patients.  Recognizing how limited information was, and how little research was being supported, they resolved to start an organization to combat not only ovarian cancer the disease, but also the isolation and fear so often felt by patients and their families.  In 1994, Ann’s vision was realized in Ovarian Cancer Research Fund (OCRF). Just a few years later, Liz Tilberis, editor-in-chief of Harper’s Bazaar, was also battling ovarian cancer.  Hoping to help other women going through the same ordeal, Liz discovered OCRF, and then devoted herself to serving as its first president, propelling the organization to a national platform.  

About the former Ovarian Cancer National Alliance:

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.