Our History

In early 2002, two ovarian cancer survivors from Vancouver, WA, (Diane O'Connor and Diane Elizondo), met on an online ovarian cancer website.

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.  They met in person and started making plans to reach this goal.  The  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.

This dream came true:  the Ovarian Cancer Alliance of Oregon and SW Washington was officially created in 2005 as a 501(c)(3) organization and a partner member of the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance (OCNA).

Continuing this work, “the two Diane’s” 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.

Thanks to the board of directors, the medical advisory board, and the volunteers and contributors, Diane O’Connor and Diane Elizondo will continue to work hard for the SW Washington and Oregon community.

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