Our founder, nine-year survivor Patricia Franchi Flaherty, took a stand when she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer a second time in 2006. Thirty years prior, Patty lost her mother to the very same disease. She decided that if this disease took her life, she was not going to let it take her quietly. Patty had an idea brewing: she wanted to start an organization whose sole purpose would be to raise funds, awareness and support for the women who were fighting the battle. Armed with a handful of her best friends, she formed an organization to do just that. Patty and another close friend decided on a name, Ovations for the Cure of Ovarian Cancer. Recalling her mother’s quote from childhood, “A butterfly is the spirit of a loved one who is no longer with us,” the teal butterfly became the symbol of hope for Ovations.