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Posted:09/15/2017

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The Sandy Rollman Ovarian Cancer Foundation (SROCF) humbly began 16 years ago, on a living room floor, with the goal to give women a fighting chance against ovarian cancer. At the heart of the foundation is Sandy Rollman, a remarkable woman who lost her battle to ovarian cancer in 2000 at far too young an age. Sandy’s oncology nurse, Robin Cohen, and sister, Adriana Way, first came together to fight for her when she couldn’t fight for herself any longer. They created the Sandy Rollman Ovarian Cancer Foundation in her memory while trying to prevent other women from having to endure the same pain as she did. When first trying to connect Sandy with another survivor, Robin discovered how few resources and support services there were available to women with the disease. From inception, the SROCF set up a monthly meeting to make sure that all women with ovarian cancer had a place for support and to connect with other survivors. Robin says that even at their first meeting a woman admitted “I thought I was the only one.” The Sandy Rollman Ovarian Cancer Foundation works tirelessly to ensure that no woman with ovarian cancer ever feels alone. These women know that we’ll be there with them, no matter what.

“We knew that if we were going to make progress against this disease, we needed to do more than build an organization. We needed to build a Movement. Building a movement was tough but exciting. We built it by people working together. Watching it grow and seeing the impact of our work has been incredible. People drive hope from it and from us.”

Today, the Sandy Rollman Ovarian Cancer Foundation works to unite the community together to promote awareness of ovarian cancer through education about the disease, research funding, and advocacy. The organization also provides programs to support their mission of awareness, advocacy, and support. The With a Little Help From Her Friends Support Program connects a newly diagnosed woman with a survivor who is comparable in age and diagnosis. The mentors provide one-on-one support through phone calls and in person meetings, ensuring that every ovarian cancer patient receives the support they need and deserve. In fact, many of the women then come back and act as mentors to newly diagnosed women. The organization will launch a new survivorship program “Survive & Thrive” this month.

Every year, through donations and special events, the Sandy Rollman Ovarian Cancer Foundation funds research to find a cure for ovarian cancer, a screening test for early detection, breakthrough treatments and improve the quality of life for those living with ovarian cancer. This year, the SROCF reached an incredible landmark-  granting over $3.7 million dollars to fund research! In 2015, the SROCF embarked on their most ambitious project to date; committing half a million dollars to help fund the Stand Up to Cancer Ovarian Cancer Dream Team. The Dream Team focuses on treatments for ovarian cancer patients today and prevention and early detection of the disease. “This research grant “is a big step, but an exciting one” for the impact it will make on ovarian cancer prevention and early detection. The commitment to research funding and the support they give to patients and families are what we are most proud of, “that even in the midst of all the sadness surrounding the disease, in some small way we’ve played a role in someone’s survival.”

Since coming together on just a living room floor, the Sandy Rollman Ovarian Cancer Foundation has grown into a well-respected organization dedicated to funding cutting edge research and educating the public about the disease, all while supporting women diagnosed with ovarian cancer and ensuring no woman ever feels alone. What started with two people and one idea has grown into a movement because of people working together and supporting each other. Please join us!

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