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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

Stronger and Healthier Together
 Cancer Survivorship Series

Sibley Memorial Hospital is offering a free Cancer Survivorship Series for those who have completed cancer treatment within the past two years. 

Sessions will be held on Tuesdays February 18 and 25 and March 3 and 10 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Sibley Hospital, 5255 Loughboro Road, NW, Washington, DC.

Topics to be discussed include psychosocial well-being, restorative yoga, pilates, meditation, healthy eating, fatigue, and lymphedema education among others. 

Registration is required. Refreshments and parking provided. Please contact Pam Goetz at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 202-243-2320 


Uniting for Hope: OCRA’s Ovarian Cancer National Conference will take place July 10-12, 2020 in Washington, DC

Join us for an informative and transformative weekend of hope, inspiration and friends! Registration opens this spring at https://ocrahope.org/events/conference/ 

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
Clare Donelan, Treasurer
Pat Goldman, founding member
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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