WELCOME TO OCAF!
Hi! We’ve been waiting for you! The Ovarian Cancer Alliance of Florida (OCAF) exists to raise awareness and help educate about gynecologic cancers with the intent to save women’s and girls’ lives. OCAF is an amazing community of survivors, family, friends and medical professionals who are dedicated to do everything possible to enlighten the world until such time as there are diagnostic tests for every gynecological cancer. We invite you to look who’s involved, what we’re accomplishing, get your questions answered, and see all the fun we have at our special events. You are very most welcome to become a part of our incredible community. We hope you’ll share us with all the women and girls you love. Together we can save more lives.
A world free of gynecological cancer.
To ignite the fight against ovarian and gynecological cancers.
To empower women and girls with the knowledge and confidence necessary to take control of their gynecological health and to pave a road through the medical and governmental arenas to allow them to do so.
In November of 1997, the Ovarian Cancer Alliance of Florida (OCAF) had its modest beginnings around a kitchen table at the home of then two-time ovarian cancer survivor, and current OCAF Executive Director, Bonnie Donihi. Original members of that group included Ruthie Snyder, Kay Talton, Sandy Durr, Lorraine McColley, Nancy Doninger, Lollie Charland and Kim Mould.
The mission of OCAF at its beginning was to educate the public about the “silent killer” – ovarian cancer. Although ovarian cancer is no longer called the “silent killer” and has identifiable, recognizable symptoms, it is still crucial to provide education and awareness to the community, as there is still not test to detect ovarian cancer and many other gynecologic cancers. The Pap Smear only detects cervical cancer.
The Ovarian Cancer Alliance of Florida incorporated and received 501(c)3 non-profit status in 2002. Since OCAF’s first event, a candlelight vigil held at Crane’s Roost Park in Altamonte Springs in September of 1999, OCAF has grown exponentially to include over ten distinct events and programs reaching hundreds of thousands of Central Floridians annually.
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