Rising up against ovarian cancer


If Norma and Leah were here today, they would thank you for helping us save other women's lives. This photo was taken shortly before Leah passed away from the disease.

NormaLeah Ovarian Cancer Initiative was established in 2008 as the NormaLeah Foundation, Inc. to create public awareness, promote early detection, and support research for ovarian cancer.  It was based on the premise that sisters share a lot of things; ovarian cancer should never be any of them.

In 2016, we changed our name and adopted a new mission more accurately describing our initiatives and serving as the basis of our activities:  to enrich lives through early detection education, patient support services and research funding for ovarian cancer.

The organization honors the memory of two sisters, Norma Yecies Shagrin (May 21, 1935 – June 1, 2008) and Leah Yecies Hantman (July 27, 1931 – August 21, 1998) whose lives were cut short by this deadly disease.

Our vision is that our efforts will reduce the incidence and mortality rates of ovarian cancer by empowering all women and those who love them to recognize the subtle symptoms, assess their personal risk and seek proper medical advice for the best outcome.

We dream of the day when a screening test is developed and becomes a routine part of every woman's annual wellness exam.