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Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month – Resources for Patients and Caregivers

A panel of ovarian cancer experts and community leaders join us this Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month to share resources for ovarian cancer patients and caregivers.

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Thursday, September 28
6:00 – 7:00 PM ET

Meet the Speaker: Robin Cohen

Robin Cohen is the CEO and Co-Founder of the Sandy Rollman Ovarian Cancer Foundation. She is a member of the Oncology Nursing Society, the Society of Gynecologic Nurse Oncologists and the Cambridge Who’s Who. She has been recognized as one of the 75 Greatest Living Philadelphians and is the 2016 recipient of the Cindy Melancon Leadership Award. In 2020, she received Cure Magazine’s Ovarian Cancer Hero Award. In 2022, she was named Be Well Philly’s Health Hero. She is the Vice Chair of the Board of the World Ovarian Cancer Coalition and the Secretary of the Board of the Ovarian Cancer Research Alliance.

Meet the Speaker: Shanon Zorrilla

Shanon Zorrilla is the current Gynecologic Cancer Program Manager at LatinaSHARE. Within her role she provides support, guidance, and empowers women who face ovarian, uterine, and cervical cancer. She has a degree in psychology and is currently a part-time graduate student. Shanon has always had a passion for helping others. She is dedicated to building trusting relationships with the women she serves and educating the Hispanic community about signs and symptoms as well as the resources they have access to.

Meet the Speaker: Clara MacKay

CEO of the World Ovarian Cancer Coalition, Clara MacKay has over 20 years of experience in cancer advocacy, including senior level positions in UK organizations covering ovarian, pancreatic, bowel, prostate and breast cancer. Clara was a founding member of the World Pancreatic Cancer Coalition and Chair of the UK group Cancer 52 – a network of nearly 100 cancer groups representing the interests of rare and less common cancers. After 25 years in the UK, Clara returned to her native Canada in 2016. In addition to her role with the World Ovarian Cancer Coalition, Clara is Chair of the national Canadian charity Craig’s Cause Pancreatic Cancer Society.

Meet the Speaker: KrisAnn Talarico

KrisAnn Talarico is the Director of OC Counseling with Clearity where she leads the Steps Through OC program. Steps Through OC offers 10 sessions of emotional support over a 6-month period of time to any ovarian cancer survivor or caregiver in the U.S. KrisAnn is a Licensed Clinical Social worker who has been working with cancer patients for over 20 years. She is especially invested in advancing the level of psychosocial support available to cancer survivors through the use of technology with the hope of making it easier for anyone touched by cancer to receive support.

Meet the Speaker: Emilee Garfield

Emilee Garfield, two time cancer “thriver” , Movement Educator and Certified Master Life Coach, founded the 501(c)(3) non profit organization, Cancer Core RecoveryⓇ Project in 2017 after working with thousands of women online who were diagnosed with ovarian cancer. Emilee provided a much needed safe space and nurturing community for women struggling to heal and thrive during cancer recovery.

After going through stage 3C ovarian cancer herself in 2015-2016, and having two major operations, major debulking surgery and having to learn how to live with a new ileostomy, she had one goal in mind: she had to return to her Pilates/yoga studio to teach, however not even the Physical Therapists knew how to help her.
After feeling frustrated by the lack of resources and help for women diagnosed and living with ovarian cancer, she realized with her 25 years of teaching Pilates & Yoga that she would have to design her own rehabilitation program. After healing herself through exercise, Emilee published her medically endorsed book, Reclaim Your Strength and Hope: Exercises for Cancer Core Recovery, which includes safe and effective exercises for women recovering from ovarian and other abdominal cancers.
Emilee is a Certified Grief Educator and through The Cancer Core Recovery Project is able to provide emotional grief support for women struggling with Grief after Cancer.

Meet the Speaker: Susan Patterson

After a career in Marketing for Solar Energy companies (including 4 years in Bermuda), Susan made the decision to leave corporate world and fulfill a wish by her friend Patty to create a nonprofit designed specifically to support women with ovarian cancer. In 2005, during Patty’s last recurrence until her passing in 2009, Susan, Patty and her friends and family worked diligently to create Patty’s vision. After her passing, Susan continued to work at Ovations supporting the Board created by Patty and continuing the vision.

In 2022, the Board reached the decision that they had done all they could and were ready to step down. With that decision, Susan took control of Ovations and created a female focused Board of Directors with ties to the ovarian cancer community in her dream to grow Ovations and raise enough funds to help even more women!

Meet the Speaker: Jennifer McClendon

For over 20 years, Jennifer has poured her heart and soul into educating, supporting, and empowering patients and families with the knowledge they need to make informed and confident healthcare decisions. She finds fulfillment in being able to break down hard-to-understand medical concepts and terminology into plain language using a variety of learning principles including adult learning and behavioral change theories. She also thrives in the area of community health programming and training utilizing her influential communication skills. She uses her knowledge and skills across a variety of public health arenas that result in efficient, effective, and accountable outcomes.

Meet the Speaker: Teri Jordan

Teri Jordan serves as the Chief Industry Relations and Business Development Officer for the Society of Gynecologic Oncology and the Foundation for Women’s Cancer. She manages relationship with industry partners and also serves as a conduit to connect SGO and FWC with organizations working in the care of gynecologic cancer patients. Her previous experience with SGO and FWC includes management of SGO meetings, professional education, and FWC patient education.

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