In 1998, a group of Atlanta women met each other at the St. Joseph’s Gynecological Cancer Support Group. All ovarian cancer survivors with different stories to share, they began pooling their energies and passions with the intent to bring awareness of ovarian cancer and early detection to the forefront of women’s health issues. The first step was to educate Georgia’s women, their families and their healthcare providers about the risks, symptoms and treatments of ovarian cancer.
This initial passion and our “Awareness. Knowledge. Action.” campaign remains very much the focus of GOCA today.
Since our beginning, GOCA has transformed from an idea hatched at a founders dining room table to a very strong, community based non-profit organization led by those touched by ovarian cancer in some way. With a strong base of supporters, volunteers, and staff we continue to reach thousands of women and their families with our life saving messages.
(GOCA Original Founders circa 1998)
- Community Outreach programs that serve the cancer community.
- Expanding the distribution and the visibility of the Bag of Hope Program.
- Building our Online Media Library to include even more resources for newly diagnosed women, their families, and caregivers.
- Increase the organizations visibility through community and corporate partnerships and conduct fundraising events that promote ovarian cancer awareness and benefit GOCA so we can continue to grow the organization in order to reach a broader audience.
Why are Outreach and Education so Important?
- Currently, due to the lack of federal and local funding and support, awareness of gynecological cancers is not at the forefront of women’s health issues.
- There is neither a test nor a vaccine for ovarian cancer
- With early detection, women are given the opportunity to fight ovarian cancer prior to its progression into the later, fatal stages of the disease
- Three out of four women diagnosed will not survive ovarian cancer.
- Ovarian cancer is often misdiagnosed because symptoms are easily confused with other ailments
- 90% of women do not have a family history, which puts them at risk for later detection.