Program Gynecologic Cancer Patients to Receive New Support in Providence, New Orleans, Houston and The Bronx
WEST CHESTER, Pa (March 10, 2014) —Ovarian Cancer Research Fund (OCRF) and QVC today announced four new Woman to Woman grant recipients: Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island, Providence, RI; Tulane Cancer Center, New Orleans, LA; Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX; and Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, NY. The new sites are part of the program’s national expansion efforts which launched in 2012 when QVC united with OCRF, for a three-year $1 million commitment to grow the program. Woman to Woman is OCRF’s signature patient support program that pairs gynecologic cancer patients with trained and supervised survivor volunteers to provide mentoring and support.
Woman to Woman was founded in 2003 at Mount Sinai Hospital in NY, and in 2011 OCRF piloted the program’s national expansion at New York-Presbyterian Hospital. In 2013, with QVC’s support, OCRF expanded the program to Duke Cancer Institute in Durham, NC, Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale-New Haven in New Haven, CT, Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, FL, and Stanford Women’s Cancer Center in Stanford, CA.
“QVC’s generous national sponsorship enables us to help women and their families cope, from the moment of diagnosis through treatment and recovery,” said Audra Moran, OCRF CEO. “This expansion builds an even larger and stronger community of support, empowering more women to advocate for themselves and negotiate the many challenges of gynecologic cancers. The success of our program would not be possible without the support of QVC.”
The relationship between QVC and OCRF began in 2007 with “QVC Presents Super Saturday LIVE,” a unique “designer charity sale” broadcast live from the Hamptons. Since 2007, “QVC Presents Super Saturday LIVE,” has raised awareness about OCRF in millions of U.S. homes and generated $7.5 million to fund both ovarian cancer research and the Woman to Woman program.
“We believe in the power of relationships to support women through their most critical wellness concerns,” said Suzanne Quigley, Director of Community Affairs for QVC. “Woman to Woman provides the necessary emotional support and mentoring for gynecologic cancer patients after a devastating diagnosis. QVC is proud to be the national sponsor of the program’s ongoing expansion.”