A world free of gynecological cancer
To ignite the fight against women’s and girls’ 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
Saving Lives Through Education & Advocacy
Known since 1997 as the Ovarian Cancer Alliance of Florida, the Women’s & Girls’ Cancer Alliance is now embracing a new name and look with its expanded mission. A long-time advocate for women’s health, the organization has added breast cancer and its connections to gynecologic cancers as a part of its ongoing mission, to ignite the fight against women’s and girls’ cancers. The Women’s and Girls’ Cancer Alliance (WGCA) is the only organization in Central Florida that promotes, and advocates for, good gynecological health for both women & girls.
Statistically, one third of all women and girls diagnosed with a gynecological cancer will die. This is a statistic almost double that of breast cancer and no one is discussing these gynecological issues. Educating women and girls on their personal health means more than just focusing on what is on the top-half of their bodies. Breast cancer is strongly linked to gynecologic cancers, and cancer education must include the facts and risk factors of this connection in order to create a community of well-informed and empowered women. WGCA educates women and girls, as well as healthcare providers, about subtle symptoms and unspoken truths that are not readily found anywhere else.
In November 1997, WGCA had its modest beginnings around a kitchen table at the home of then two-time ovarian cancer survivor and current WGCA 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 WGCA 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 no test to detect ovarian cancer and many other gynecologic cancers. Since WGCA first event, a candlelight vigil held at Crane’s Roost Park in Altamonte Springs in September of 1999, WGCA has grown exponentially to include over ten distinct events and programs reaching hundreds of thousands of Central Floridians annually.
We are proud to be recognized by the Central Florida Foundation as one of the most transparent organizations in the region and have received a Reviewed Status in the Foundation’s Knowledge Base, located at http://cffound.guidestar.org/nonprofit.aspx?orgId=2753
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