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Survivor Stories

As shocking as it can be to receive a diagnosis of gynecologic cancer, we want you to know that No One Fights Alone. We hope these personal stories of diagnosis, treatment and survival from women who have persevered and triumphed over these diseases provide comfort and support for your journey.  

If you would like to share your story, please send it to ogccmail@gmail.com

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Resource Guide

OGCC/Rhonda’s Club has compiled a resource guide for newly diagnosed ovarian and endometrial cancer patients with practical information on what to expect during treatment, frequently asked questions, a glossary of medical terms and other useful facts. This guide is included in our patient care bags distributed free of charge to patients.

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Rhonda’s Story

When she learned in 1994 that she had ovarian cancer, Ms. Rhonda Oziel was confronted with a lack of readily available information on the disease and its treatment.

She became a founder of the Ovarian & Gynecologic Cancer Coalition of Greater Washington, which was later renamed OGCC/Rhonda’s Club in her honor.

Upcoming Events

May 8 is World Ovarian Cancer Day

On May 8, people around the world raise their voices in the fight against ovarian cancer, the most lethal of women’s cancers.

295,000+ women around the world are diagnosed with ovarian cancer each year and 184,000+ die from the disease.

Absent a reliable screening test, awareness of the four primary ovarian cancer symptoms is the best defense.  These symptoms are:


If you have any of these symptoms for more than two weeks, see a doctor, preferably a gynecologist.

Rhonda’s Club
cordially invites you
an informal coffee with
gynecologic cancer survivors, their families and caregivers
Saturday, June 1
Hope Connections for Cancer Support

Located at: Beaumont House at FASEB
9650 Rockville Pike
Bethesda, MD 20814
Just inside the Beltway  

 Please RSVP or if you need help with transportation by May 29 atThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Turn (right or left depending on which direction you come from) into the FASEB driveway directly south of the intersection of 355/Pooks Hill Road.  The entrance sign at the driveway says FASEB.

After you turn into the driveway, make your first left. Wind your way up the hill. There are signs for Beaumont House and Hope Connections on the left. You can park anywhere. We are in a large house on the left. There is lots of parking, and you can park in the parking garage on the side if necessary.


July 12-14, 2019
Seattle, WA
Hyatt Regency Seattle
Empower yourself with the latest research updates at OCRA's National Conference. Register today.
It can be overwhelming trying to keep up with what's new in the ovarian cancer field, and how new discoveries may affect you. At OCRA's National Conference, you can get a front row seat at expert plenary and breakout sessions, where leaders in ovarian cancer science and support will discuss issues relevant to the community. The National Conference is the largest, most trusted conference for ovarian cancer survivors, caregivers and supporters. Don't miss it.
Sign up by April 30th to take advantage of $185 Early Bird Registration. A limited number of rooms are available at a special discount rate at the Hyatt Regency Seattle.  


Together in Teal® Ending Ovarian Cancer!

Join our colleagues with the Washington, DC metro chapter of the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition for their annual Run-Walk on Saturday, May 11 at the Fairfax County Government Center.  For more information, go to: https://runwalk.ovarian.org/dcmetro

In the News...

JoAnn Symons, chair of Rhonda’s Club and an ovarian cancer survivor, was interviewed for WTOP News on doctor-patient communication at:



Rhonda’s Club is empowered through contributions of time, energy and dollars to support survivors of gynecologic cancers in direct and practical ways, engage in outreach to our community, raise awareness of these diseases, and promote medical research to find better treatments and cures. We have assessed both the measurable and intangible outcomes of our programs in the areas of Medical Education, Assistance to Survivors, Public Awareness and Outreach, and Research in 2018 and present them here for your review. Please read more about our activities here.

We are grateful for your moral and financial support.  Every year, we lose too many good women to gynecologic cancers.  Please help us turn the tide against these devastating diseases.

Thank you,

JoAnn Symons, chair
Kathryn Daniels
Clare Donelan, Treasurer
Pat Goldman, founding member
Meryl Goodman
Susan Kim
Mary Kinler
Karen Ribler
Christy Schmidt
Patricia Seggerman, Secretary
Paige Whitaker
Susan Yaffe-Oziel
Dr. Maya Soetoro-Ng, Honorary Member


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