Rising up against ovarian cancer
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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.

 
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.

We want to empower all women (and those who love them) to recognize the subtle symptoms, assess their personal risk, explore risk-reduction strategies and advocate for proper medical attention for the best outcome. Our efforts are contributing to reduced incidence and mortality rates of ovarian cancer.

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

norma-and-leah-1997.pngIf 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.