The Ovarian and Gynecologic Cancer Coalition (OGCC)/Rhonda’s Club was founded in 1997 by ovarian and other gynecologic cancer survivors. In 2001, we added the name “Rhonda’s Club” to honor one of our founders, Rhonda Oziel, who was a driving force behind the creation of this regional organization as well as the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance (OCNA). Click here to read Rhonda's story.
Initially, our mission was to provide women, their families, and caregivers with supportive Survivor Education programs presented by leading cancer doctors and researchers, and other professionals. Since then, our mission has expanded to include other key initiatives to battle gynecologic cancers in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. OGCC/RC is a Partner Member of the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance (www.ovariancancer.org).
To battle gynecologic cancers by raising public awareness of symptoms, educating survivors and medical professionals, and supporting research to improve quality of life, and find the cures.
OGCC/Rhonda's Club Mission:
OGCC/Rhonda's Club Vision:
All gynecologic cancers will be diagnosed at early stages, and women will have access to quality medical information and care, and ultimately, a cure.
Specifically, there are four areas in which we work:
- Survivor Education: Providing supportive educational programs for gynecologic cancer survivors, their families, caregivers, and other interested members of the community. These quarterly programs are offered free of charge to the public and provide opportunities for dialogue with leading clinicians and researchers to improve choices about treatments, therapy, and quality of life.
- Medical Education (Teal Class/Survivors Teaching Students): Elevating symptom awareness within the medical and public health communities in order to increase knowledge of the early warning signs of gynecologic cancers. Through our Teal Class/Survivors Teaching Students program, we participate in the medical education of the next generation of physicians by inviting survivors of ovarian cancer to tell their stories to third-year medical students in order to increase students' knowledge of symptoms.
- Public Education & Outreach: Raising public awareness of the symptoms of, risk factors for, and prevention of ovarian, endometrial, and cervical cancer through health fairs and other outreach activities. In particular, we focus our public awareness efforts in medically underserved communities in Washington, D.C. We also publicize the critical importance of being treated by a gynecologic oncologist if diagnosed with a gynecologic cancer, which has been proven to extend survival.
- Research Support: Supporting research to find more efficacious and increased quality of life treatments and ultimately, cures for ovarian, endometrial, and cervical cancers. Our board members and other volunteers hold leadership and consumer advocate positions within the National Cancer Institute and the Department of Defense, as well as within the local Washington, D.C. metropolitan area cancer community. We support the Gynecologic Cancer Foundation --- and it's Race to End Women's Cancer --- a non-profit organization that awards grants for high potential research relating to ovarian, endometrial, and cervical cancers in order to improve treatments and find the cures.
OGCC/Rhonda’s Club is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. No director is compensated.