Woman to Woman at Mt. Sinai Medical Center
The first Woman to Woman program was founded in 2004 at the Mount Sinai Medical Center by ovarian cancer survivor Valerie Goldfein in collaboration with the Mount Sinai Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences and the Mount Sinai Department of Social Work. Valerie’s goal in starting the program was to alleviate some of the fear and loneliness she experienced at the time of her diagnosis with ovarian cancer. OCRFA (then OCRF) was an early funder of the Woman to Woman program at Mount Sinai.
QVC and Woman to Woman Expansion
Recognizing a significant need for greater support for women with gynecologic cancers and their families, Ovarian Cancer Research Fund Alliance (then OCRF) launched a national expansion of Woman to Woman in 2011 with the very generous support of the program’s national sponsor, QVC. The company’s $1 million pledge toward the expansion of the program has enabled Woman to Woman to reach patients throughout the United States and provide them with the care and resources they need following a diagnosis. QVC aspires to leverage the power of relationships to help women lead healthy lives– and to do so by supporting women at critical times throughout their lives. To that end, QVC is helping to build caring communities for women during illness and invest in research for cures. The company has donated an incredible $6 million toward OCRFA’s mission of finding a cure for ovarian cancer while supporting patients and their families. OCRFA gratefully acknowledges QVC’s partnership and commitment to the Woman to Woman program and its mission to enhance the quality of care for all women.
Woman to Woman is now OCRFA’s signature patient program with plans to add up to four additional program sites per year throughout the United States.