Washington, DC., July 14th, 2014. Ovarian cancer survivors and awareness advocates met with staff of the Washington state and Oregon delegations on Capitol Hill in mid -July. Gina Gess Taylor posed in front of the US Capitol with more than 100 other women, who were on the Hill lobbying for ovarian cancer research funding and awareness. Gina is on the board of the OCAOSW. Activists were on the Hill as representatives of the Ovarian Cancer Alliance of Oregon and SW Washington to lobby for federal funding for ovarian cancer research and for a resolution naming September National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month. Portland area survivor, Diane O’Connor opened the national conference in her new role as national board president.

Amy Kirschbaum, Betsy Marvin, Angel Gnau, Monica Marvin, Gina Gess Taylor (left to right) following a meeting with staff of US Senator Ron Wyden, D-OR. Angel and Monica are both survivors of ovarian cancer. Gina Gess Taylor is on the board of directors of the Ovarian Cancer Alliance of Oregon and SW Washington.

Amy Kirschbaum, Betsy Marvin, Angel Gnau, Monica Marvin, Gina Gess Taylor (left to right) following a meeting with staff of US Senator Ron Wyden, D-OR. Angel and Monica are both survivors of ovarian cancer. Gina Gess Taylor is on the board of directors of the Ovarian Cancer Alliance of Oregon and SW Washington.

Gina Gess Taylor, Diane O’Connor and Chris O’Hara, board members of the Ovarian Cancer Alliance of Oregon and SW Washington at the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance conference in July. Diane O’Connor is also the national board president of the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance.

Gina Gess Taylor, Diane O’Connor and Chris O’Hara, board members of the Ovarian Cancer Alliance of Oregon and SW Washington at the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance conference in July. Diane O’Connor is also the national board president of the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance.

Amy Kirschbaum, Rebecca Coulson, Chris O’Hara, Diane Elizondo, Monica Marvin, Betsy Marvin (left to right), with Gina Gess Taylor in front. The delegation from the Pacific Northwest regroups midway through Advocacy Day on the Hill.

Amy Kirschbaum, Rebecca Coulson, Chris O’Hara, Diane Elizondo, Monica Marvin, Betsy Marvin (left to right), with Gina Gess Taylor in front. The delegation from the Pacific Northwest regroups midway through Advocacy Day on the Hill.

Diane Elizondo, Chris O’Hara, Rebecca Coulson, Diane O’Connor (left to right) following a meeting with staff of US Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-WA. Diane, Chris and Diane are on the board of the Ovarian Cancer Alliance of Oregon and SW Washington. Diane, Diane and Rebecca are ovarian cancer survivors.

Diane Elizondo, Chris O’Hara, Rebecca Coulson, Diane O’Connor following a meeting with staff of US Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-WA. Diane, Chris and Diane are on the board of the Ovarian Cancer Alliance of Oregon and SW Washington. Diane, Diane and Rebecca are ovarian cancer survivors.

The mission of the organization:

  • To promote awareness of ovarian cancer and to provide education to women and the health care community;
  • To offer support to all ovarian cancer survivors by providing opportunities for networking, education and community outreach;
  • To advocate for public policy and funding for ovarian cancer research.
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