| I'm still feeling inspired from our 15th Annual Conference a few weeks ago
. It was wonderful to reconnect with many of our founders and longtime supporters, as well as meeting many new attendees.
We wrapped up the conference with our annual Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill. Nearly 100 people joined us in person--including Miss USA Olivia Culpo--and hundreds more emailed the same requests through our Virtual Advocacy Day
As I write this letter, we are gearing up for National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month. You'll hear from the Alliance in the coming weeks about exciting projects that will help raise awareness of ovarian cancer throughout September
. This newsletter even includes 30 sample tweets about ovarian cancer, so you can share one on Twitter every day in September.
With warm regards,
President, Board of Directors
Ovarian Cancer National Alliance
|Ovarian Cancer Advocates Visit Capitol Hill|
On July 17th, nearly 100 ovarian cancer advocates marched to Capitol Hill as part of the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance's Annual Conference and Advocacy Day.
- We advocated for $20 million to be appropriated to the Department of Defense's Ovarian Cancer Research Program for fiscal year 2013. This program funds research gaps that are critical to new ovarian cancer detection and treatment innovations. Funding for this program was cut last year, and we need support to restore full funding!
- We asked legislators to co-sponsor the Cancer Drug Coverage Parity Act (HR 2746) or become a sponsor of the Senate bill when it is introduced. This act would ensure that private insurance companies cover oral chemotherapy medications the same way they cover intravenous chemotherapy.
- Our last request was for members of Congress to co-sponsor a Resolution declaring September as Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month. This resolution is critical in generating awareness about the symptoms of ovarian cancer.
Our thanks to everyone who joined us on Capitol Hill or took action through our Virtual Advocacy Day!
Photo by Pam Risdon
|Menopause the Musical Partners with Alliance on National Tour|
| The hottest ticket in your town this fall may be Menopause the Musical, a humorous look at "the Change of Life" featuring parodies of songs from the '60s, '70s and '80s. The Alliance is the official charity partner of Menopause the Musical's fall tour, which kicks off in Washington, DC, this month. Mention code word TEAL when purchasing your tickets, and $5.00 will be donated to the Alliance.|
|Celebrate the Alliance's 15th Anniversary|
| This year, the Alliance is celebrating 15 years of hope and progress for women with ovarian cancer. Click here to view key milestones and a slideshow from our first 15 years. We hope you will consider a donation in honor of our 15th Anniversary--and to support our work in the years to come.|
|Partner Member Profile: Arkansas Ovarian Cancer Coalition|
| In early September, the skies over Arkansas will fill with butterflies and balloons to mark the start of National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month. "It's a way to kick off the month for survivors and supporters," says Arkansas Ovarian Cancer Coalition (AROVCC) co-founder and board member Amy Lasseigne. "We hope people in Little Rock will see the balloons as they drive home from work, and turn on the news to see what it was all about."|
Click here to learn more about AROVCC.