Patients, survivors and their families and friends will convene for the nation’s largest gathering of the ovarian cancer community at the Alliance’s 10th annual conference. Organized under the theme, “Agenda for Action,” the conference will take place from Wednesday, July 11 through Friday, July 13 in Washington, D.C. During the conference, participants will help create the first National Agenda for Ovarian Cancer.
Sessions will inform attendees about current research and expected breakthroughs, and how they can help increase research funding, improve health care access and patient care and make their voices heard on Capitol Hill. The event will culminate in an action assembly where participants will share their ideas and plans for implementing the National Agenda at the local and regional levels.In addition, attendees will learn how to enrich their lives through topics including nutrition, sexuality, recurrence management, medical care, and journaling for empowerment. A special event is being planned for Thursday evening to honor the women who are no longer here and to celebrate their achievements.
Alliance Is United Voice for Survivors“Ten years ago, a small group of women turned their experiences with ovarian cancer into a purpose. They created the Alliance to serve as a forum, guidepost and united voice for survivors and their families. We dedicate this year’s 10th annual conference to these pioneers as well as to the approximately 150,000 women who lost their lives to ovarian cancer during the past decade. It is their courage and strength that still leads us today to push for better diagnostics and treatments,” said Patricia Goldman, co-founder and president-emeritus.
Many conference participants will arrive earlier in the week to be part of the Alliance’s successful Capitol Hill Survivors’ Day event. Advocacy training will be conducted the evening of Tuesday, July 10 and the event will take place on Wednesday, July 11. Last year during the event, nearly 80 participants from 22 states met with 150 congressional offices to secure passage of Johanna’s Law: the Gynecologic Cancer Education and Awareness Act and to support an increase in funding for the Ovarian Cancer Research Program in the Department of Defense.Registration information for both events will be available after March 15 at www.ovariancancer.org/conference or by calling 202-331-1332 or toll free at 866-399-6262 to receive a registration form by mail.