The mission of the NOCC is to save lives by fighting tirelessly to prevent and cure ovarian cancer, and to improve the quality of life for survivors.
More than 20,000 women in the United States are diagnosed with ovarian cancer each year, and approximately 15,000 women die annually from the disease. Unfortunately, most cases are diagnosed in their later stages when the prognosis is poor. However, if diagnosed and treated early, when the cancer is confined to the ovary, the five-year survival rate is over 90 percent. That is why it is imperative that the early signs and symptoms of the disease are recognized, not only by women, but also by their families and the medical community.
There is currently no early detection test for ovarian cancer. Pap tests do not detect ovarian cancer. Until there is a test, the key to early diagnosis is awareness. And the key to awareness is knowing the subtle symptoms of ovarian cancer and urging women to take early action and live.
Through national programs and local Chapter initiatives, the NOCC's goal is to make more people aware of the early symptoms of ovarian cancer. In addition, the NOCC provides information to assist the newly diagnosed patient, to provide hope to survivors, and to support caregivers.
Our programs are possible only with the help of our volunteers; committed men and women dedicated to the mission of the NOCC in communities across the country. We encourage you to join them. Together, we can make a difference in the lives of women affected by ovarian cancer. Together, we can break the silence.
The Downtown West Orange Alliance, Inc. is the non-profit organization that manages the town's Special Improvement District (SID). The DWOA was formed in August 1998 through the ordinance that also established the SID. Recognizing the unique contributions made by the residential, historic and commercial properties that collectively form our "downtown," the Township of West Orange created the SID to encourage economic revitalization of the neighborhoods known as Tory Corner, Eagle Rock, St. Mark's and the Valley. Since West Orange is a magnet for new residents, the revitalization of the Downtown area will enhance the community as it continues to experience increased property values in both the consumer and business segments.
The Vision Statement of the DWOA states the Board's ultimate goal for the downtown of West Orange and is as follows: To create a town center that marries the historic past of West Orange with a future that includes a variety of retail stores, family-oriented as well as upscale restaurants and entertainment facilities, and medium and high rent residences. Downtown will become a magnet for residents of West Orange and the surrounding area who will view it as the place to spend their money and time. As such, downtown West Orange will become a community that will experience increases in property values in both the consumer and business segments.
The Board sets the work plan and goals of the DWOA each year based on current needs of the district. Those plans are coordinated and administered by its Executive Director, Megan Brill. Ms. Brill works on a daily basis with local business and property owners on everything from design and leasing assistance to helping with permits or adherence to township codes. The scope of work done by the Executive Director includes: Administration of grant applications, organization of events, recruitment of businesses, redevelopment of the Edison Battery building, downtown maintenance and landscaping, and regular office management. The Board and volunteers assist whenever possible to carry out tasks that continually enhance and improve the downtown district. If you'd like more information about the work of the Downtown West Orange Alliance or would like assistance in any area, please contact us through email at email@example.com or by phone at 973-325-4109.
The 2007 Mayor's Run/Walk for the Whisper, held in West Orange at Township Hall, attracted 500 runners and walkers, 30 vendors, and scores of volunteers to raise awareness and funds in the battle against Ovarian Cancer. The Run/Walk for the Whisper was organized by the Downtown West Orange Alliance and the Northern NJ Chapter of the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition. The event was held in memory of our friend Maureen Roehnelt, wife, mother, sister and Governor Richard Codey's trusted aide of thirty years, and in honor of West Orange resident Shari-beth Susskind, an Ovarian Cancer survivor. It was Shari-beth's team to host a run for OC in West Orange and it was a testament to the character and commitment of all involved that the event was bigger than anyone could have dreamed of.
More than $65,000 was raised which was distributed to the NOCC, The Maureen Fund and the Mayor's Sunshine Fund. What was even more significant was the raising of the spirits of the family members and friends of those lost to Ovarian Cancer, the raising of the courage of those who battle on against the disease and the raising of awareness of the subtle symptoms to watch for and the steps to take for early detection.
Ovarian cancer ranks fifth in cancer deaths among women. Although prevention and early detection can help save lives, according to the American Cancer Society, only 20 percent of ovarian cancers are found at an early stage.
Ovarian cancer has erroneously been thought to be a silent killer because the early symptoms are easily confused with other diseases. The Maureen Fund is a community outreach program that provides free outreach and education programs aimed at prevention, awareness, research, and early detection of ovarian cancer. Through education we can help women recognize high-risk factors in their personal and family history, identify early signs, and empower them to take action. This heightened awareness can help save lives.
Maureen Fund programs include a monthly Lunch and Learn program for patients, caregivers, staff, and the community at the John Theurer Cancer Center. The Lunch and Learn events focus on the latest health topics affecting women. The events are complimentary and lunch will be served.