Ovarian Cancer Alliance of San Diego
OCA of San Diego was founded by Peg Ford, ovarian cancer survivor, and Kathy Hagan who lost her mother to ovarian cancer.
Peg implemented the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance’s Survivors Teaching Students® Program (click here) at UCSD School of Medicine for Third Year Medical Students in December 2008 and further expanded the program to currently eleven schools of nursing throughout San Diego County.
In 2013, Ovarian Cancer Alliance of San Diego launched an innovative program HEAR™ (click here) to inspire women to be aware of their bodies and be their own advocates to get care in a timely fashion. This is but one example of how patients are becoming a vital part of medical treatments and partnering in such a beneficial way that can change the healthcare system!
OCAof SD Board of Directors
Peg Ford, Co-Founder/President, a 10+ year Stage I ovarian cancer survivor, born and raised in Canada and now has dual citizenship, Canadian/American. Realizing how lucky her cancer was diagnosed at early stage and how little awareness about this deadly disease, spurred her to take action to spread awareness and get early detection for all women! She is also ardently committed to her vision of patient advocates as the bridge between the patient community and the scientific/medical world, working hand-in-hand to impact changes to better serve both communities. She serves as a committee, advisory, editorial and peer review member on numerous panels and meetings to address issues affecting evidence-based research on local, state, national and international levels.
Kathy Hagan, Co-Founder/Vice President touched by ovarian cancer when her mother died of the disease in 1999. Several years later, Kathy attended an ovarian cancer conference in Washington DC and realized that although some progress had been made in treatment, women were still generally unaware of its symptoms. As a result, she worked with Peg Ford, whom she met through the conference, to create what eventually became the Ovarian Cancer Alliance of San Diego. As the daughter of an Air Force officer, Kathy grew up in England, Germany, and Illinois where she taught high school German until she married and moved to Encinitas, where she has lived since 1977.
Cindy Silver, Secretary, is a native San Diegan, a 9+ year Stage IV ovarian cancer survivor, and a very proud Wife, Mom, Grandmother and Great Grandmother and grateful that most of her family lives in the area. She met the love of her life, Stan, in 1985. In the early years, she was a stay at home mom, who ran a machine shop in her garage! During the 1980’s she took up guitar, banjo and upright bass and played Bluegrass music all over San Diego County and started her accounting career. She loves gardening, needlework and NASCAR!
Margaret Gerdeman, Director, is a stage III ovarian cancer survivor since 2014. She is dedicated to volunteering in the community, local schools and Ovarian Cancer Alliance of San Diego. She was an elementary school teacher until deciding to be a stay-at-home mom to her two sons. Margaret enjoys swimming, the beach and being outdoors with her family.
Barbara Horton, Director, a native of Wisconsin, moved to San Diego, in 1968 for a one-year adventure where she met her husband Bill soon after and resides ever since. A former Licensed Vocational Nurse with a specialty of operating room scrub nurse, she gave up active nursing when pregnant with boy-girl twins. When the children were in school she worked for the San Diego Unified School District with children with learning differences, retiring in 2009. Barbara is a 25 year survivor of stage 2B grade 3 ovarian cancer.
Trupti Multani, Director, a native of India, Trupti calls San Diego her home after moving here in 1999 with her husband to raise their two daughters within the umbrella of her extended family. An engineer by profession, Trupti has worked for companies like Steinbrecher and Tellabs developing cutting edge wireless technologies until in 2007, she chose to transition from a working mother to a stay-at-home mom. This choice has come with countless volunteer hours at local schools mainly as a mentor for young girls interested in science and robotics. Trupti enjoys hiking, meditation, cooking and most of all being with friends and family.
We invite you to get involved and become part of Ovarian Cancer Alliance of San Diego!!!
Email Volunteer@ocaofsd.org for more information.
Ovarian Cancer Alliance of San Diego
PO Box 180066
Coronado, CA 92178
501(c)(3) non-profit organization
Summary of OCASD Activities
Presentations since December 2008 to the first presentation to UCSD School of Medicine to 16 third year medical students to the medical community, community groups, civic organizations and the general public continue to expand awareness: