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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

2019 Patients in Progress-Cancer Patient Advocates and Food and Drug Administration Public Workshop

on Tuesday, October 8
from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
in Silver Spring, MD

The FDA Oncology Center of Excellence will hold its third annual educational workshop for new cancer patient advocates, Partners in Progress: Cancer Patient Advocates and FDA.  The workshop objectives are to provide basic training on the role of the FDA and cancer patient advocates in oncology product development. This broad introduction to FDA regulatory aspects of oncology product development is most relevant to attendees with limited knowledge and experience in cancer product development and patient advocacy.

There is no cost to attend and lunch is provided to registrants. Lunch time will feature time to network with FDA staff centered around specific cancers. 

Please register for the workshop at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/fda-public-workshop-partners-in-progress-2019-cancer-patient-advocates-and-fda-tickets-62869137282

If you can’t attend, a webcast is available the morning of the workshop. Advance registration for the webcast by noon on October 7 at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/fda-public-workshop-partners-in-progress-2019-cancer-patient-advocates-and-fda-tickets-62869137282
The webcast link will be emailed the day before the workshop.


The Foundation for Women’s Cancer presents…
What to Expect After Women’s Cancer Treatment,
an educational webinar from a patient's perspective

on Tuesday, October 8, 2019
from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. (central time)

Gynecologic cancer survivors will address common questions surrounding treatment, side effects and lasting effects of gynecologic cancers. Stuart Ferriss, MD, gynecologic oncologist and program director at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, will join the webinar to field questions from attendees for a fully interactive presentation.
Free registration at: http://sgo.peachnewmedia.com/store/seminar/seminar.php?seminar=145056



 The Foundation for Women’s Cancer presents…

End Women’s Cancer Weekend
in DC on Saturday, November 2 – Sunday, November 3

Attend a free gynecologic cancer education course for all gynecologic cancer patients, family members and anyone else interested in hearing from leading U.S. experts in gynecologic cancer treatment and research.

on Saturday, November 2, 2019
9 am to 4 pm

at JW Marriott Washington DC
1331 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, DC 20004

Register today at:  www.bit.ly/fwcdc19

Learn more about the National Race to End Women’s Cancer on Sunday, Nov. 3, 2019 at:  www.endwomenscancer.org


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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