Gynecologic Cancer Patients to Receive New Support in Los Angeles, CA; Pittsburgh, PA; Stony Brook, NY and Chicago, IL
WEST CHESTER, Pa (September 3, 2014) —Ovarian Cancer Research Fund (OCRF) and QVC today announced four new Woman to Woman grant recipients: City of Hope in Los Angeles, CA; Magee-Womens Hospital of University of Pittsburgh Medical Center in Pittsburgh, PA; Stony Brook University Cancer Center in Stony Brook, NY and the University of Chicago in Chicago, IL. 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. With QVC’s support, OCRF expanded the program to 8 new sites, including 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; 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.
“We are so grateful to QVC for their generous sponsorship of our national Woman to Woman program, which is now available at 14 hospitals across the country,” said Audra Moran, OCRF CEO. “Our program continues to build a strong community of hope, providing much-needed support for more women and their families, empowering them to advocate for themselves, and enabling them to cope with the many challenges of gynecologic cancers.”
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.
“The launch of these four new sites is a powerful demonstration of the ongoing relationship between OCRF and QVC,” said Suzanne Quigley, Director of Community Affairs for QVC. “We believe in the power of relationships to support women through their most serious health concerns and OCRF’s innovative Woman to Woman program fulfills a critical need by providing emotional support and mentoring for gynecological cancer patients.”