An ovarian cancer survivor since 2002, Diane Rader O’Connor is president and co-founder of the Ovarian Cancer Alliance of Oregon and SW Washington, a Partner Member of Ovarian Cancer Research Alliance. She has served on the board of directors for the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance since 2006.
She has been an integral part of OCRA’s Survivors Teaching Students: Saving Women’s Lives® program since 2004 and has recruited and prepared survivors to speak at the Oregon Health and Science University as well as local nursing schools. She has served as a Consumer Reviewer for the Department of Defense Ovarian Cancer Research Project. Diane also helped create the SW Washington Cancer Center’s gynecologic cancer support group in 2003.
In 2000, Diane retired from a 32-year career as a counselor and educator in the Vancouver, WA, public school system. She has been married for 45 years and has two adult sons and three granddaughters.