The Overview: November 2023

OCRA’s Fall Advocacy Day Drives Change

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OCRA advocates on Capitol Hill for Advocacy Day

A sea of teal washed over the Capitol when more than 70 advocates from 30 states met with over 120 Congressional offices to push for legislative initiatives, including Medicare coverage of life-saving tools such as genetic testing, during OCRA’s 2023 Fall Advocacy Day. 

“Advocacy Day is so important to Ovarian Cancer Research Alliance,” said Audra Moran, OCRA’s President & CEO, in a video from the day.

“We’ve helped secure over $3.7 billion for awareness and education and federal research funding for ovarian cancer. We are so proud to have been a part of that movement, and every day we fight for more.”

View the full video and photo gallery, and learn more about media coverage from this important legislative event.

Apply to Join OCRA’s Advocate Leaders Program

Join a diverse and passionate group of patients, survivors, caregivers and supporters in driving change for the ovarian cancer community. Training is provided, and no advocacy experience is required. The application period ends on December 1st, and space is limited — apply today

Music, Art & Hope: Lessons from “American Symphony”

OCRA hosts a special Express Yourself virtual session on Thursday, December 14th. Suleika Jaouad, author of Between Two Kingdoms, and her partner, Jon Batiste, star in the new Netflix documentary “American Symphony” which follows the couple through Batiste’s career and Jaouad’s cancer diagnosis. Join us to discuss the movie, share snacks, and express ourselves via watercolors. Space is limited.

Make a Difference on Giving Tuesday

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We’re kicking off our important year-end fundraising season on November 28th, with all new and increased gifts matched up to $500,000. Double your impact with an early gift, and help spread the word.

Roundtable Discussion: More than the Identity “Cancer Patient”

Do you feel that your cancer diagnosis has become a part of who you are? Join us on December 11th for a roundtable discussion facilitated by OCRA’s social work interns. In this open space to discuss how identity and cancer diagnosis impact one another, we will address how identities intersect as well as how they impact one’s experience in medical spaces.

A New Generation Finds Purpose Fundraising to End Ovarian Cancer

Madeleine and Emma Jean may be young, at ages eight and nine, respectively, but they are already focused on creating a future in which no families are impacted by ovarian cancer.

OCRA’s Chief Program Officer Receives Excellence Award

OCRA’s Chief Program Officer, Sarah DeFeo, was awarded the inaugural Andrew Godwin Award for Excellence in Community Outreach by Ovarian Cancer Midwest Focus (OCMF) in recognition of her leadership for the gynecologic cancer community.

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