We Love Our Volunteers

Our volunteers are the heart and soul of the NOCC.

NOCC programs are possible only with the help of volunteers; committed men and women dedicated to the mission of the NOCC in communities across the country. Together, we are making a difference in the lives of women affected by ovarian cancer. Together, we are breaking the silence.




I love volunteering for the NOCC because...
I meet some many nice people and it gives me a good feeling trying to help others.
Volunteering is important to me because...
I want other women to be as lucky as me to find their cancer early so they too can be a survivor.
My favorite experience as a NOCC volunteer was...
Working the Survivor tent the last two years for on race day.

-Betty Canales, DFW NOCC

I love volunteering for the NOCC because...
Becouse the day my late wife was diagnosed with Ovarian cancer the NOCC was there when I needed them.
Volunteering is important to me because...
I enjoy taking climbers to Mt. Kilimanjaro as a fundraiser/ Awerness climb
My favorite experience as a NOCC volunteer was...
NOCC Kilimanjaro Climb September 2006 and 2008

-Macon Dunnagan

I love volunteering for the NOCC because...
It helps me get the message about Ovarian Cancer
Volunteering is important to me because...
As I volunteer I meet wonderful people and help them understand about the symptoms of ovarian cancer.
My favorite experience as a NOCC volunteer was...
A friend of mine had no symptoms but asked for the ca125. She had ovarian cancer, caught early. One of the best experiences I could have!

-Jeannie Fryer, NVA NOCC

I love volunteering for the NOCC because...
I am a proud survivor, entering my 5th year. I know how Blessed I am. I want to share my story with others who have been diagnosed and offer them hope. If I can educate people, and have them share that knowledge, maybe some people will be spared the diagnosis.
Volunteering is important to me because...
To give hope and encouragement as well as educate people of the risks and symptoms. I am so grateful for this opportunity!
My favorite experience as a NOCC volunteer was...
I have only just begun this new journey of my life. But, seeing the faces of those I talk to, and knowing they hear my words of advice, is a very rewarding experience.

-Pat Frontino, Delaware Valley Chapter

I love volunteering for the NOCC because...
My mom's friend Barbara acquired Ovarian Cancer in 2003. I wanted to get involved, and even though I was only 8 at the time, I could be a volunteer.
Volunteering is important to me because...
I meet the real heroes of the world, and bring smiles to many faces. I also remember Barbara in this time, and how much I loved her, and how much she loved me.
My favorite experience as a NOCC volunteer was...
The walks every year. They are great experiences, and I love helping at the Walk (despite having to wake up at 4 o'clock in the morning, which, trust me, is not a pretty picture).

-Addie, 14, Delaware Valley

Volunteering is important to me because...
Volunterring is important to me because I am a 5 years Ovarian Cancer Survivor and also because my mother passed away from Ovarian Cancer.
My favorite experience as a NOCC volunteer was...
My favorite experience as a NOCC volunteer is that for the past 4 years I worked the survivor tent at the walk and when I check the woman in and hear the years that they are survivors gives me such a good feeling that woman are survivoring longer.

-Sandy Miller Pittsburgh

I love volunteering for the NOCC because...
it is important to educate the public about ovarian cancer and its symptoms - the mission is what attracted me so many years ago.
Volunteering is important to me because...
I meet individuals who work and live in the community and who are supportive of NOCC. Volunteering for NOCC is near and dear because my mom lost her life to this disease many years ago and she brought me to my very first walk in Philadelphia. Mom set the example for me to get involved and for that, I am grateful.
My favorite experience as a NOCC volunteer was...
Attending various chapter events and walks/runs, not just in the area where I live.

-Wendy Lancaster Homer

I love volunteering for the NOCC because...
I want to reach out to women everywhere and make them more aware of the risks of ovarian cancer. Perhaps most women will never experience ovarian cancer themselves, but if just one daughter, mother, grandmother, aunt, niece, or sister is diagnosed earlier, then my effort is not in vain. I wish my mother had known about the symptoms of ovarian cancer before we got "surprised."
Volunteering is important to me because...
the volunteers and workers at NOCC gave a real sense of HOPE to my mother when the doctors gave her none. Glory to God, she has been cancer-free for 12 years and I know that if she had given up hope, this would never have been possible. I volunteer to not only educate people about the disease, but to also emanate HOPE!!!
My favorite experience as a NOCC volunteer was...
an awareness event I held in December 2009. I got to hear a lot of inspiring stories and reach out to several family members of newly diagnosed patients. I loved the look on their face when they realized that I was not speaking about my mother in the past-tense... and when they found out that she was still alive, I could see the determination in their eyes, that their family member was going to survive, too. It really was inspiring to get to meet these individuals because I, too, was once in their shoes as the daughter of a newly diagnosed patient. It's just as scary when you're not the one being diagnosed... and I'm glad that I could reach out to the community and make them more aware by spreading education AND hope!!

-Rebecca Gatlin, Illinois Chapter

I love volunteering for the NOCC because...
OVCA took my wife from me, this is likely the only way I can strike back at my worst enemy. When I talk to a woman at a health fair, give her education literature, and answer her questions, many of them realize what I have given them, and they say "thank you". Then the face I never saw before and will never see again moves on. But I'm left knowing that of the 3 to 400 women I've met like that, there's a good chance I may have saved at least one life, that maybe my wife said "thank you" through this strange face, and I feel 10 feet tall.

-T Tom Menees Northern New Jersey

I love volunteering for the NOCC because...
OVCA took my wife from me, this is likely the only way I can strike back at my worst enemy. When I talk to a woman at a health fair, give her education literature, and answer her questions, many of them realize what I have given them, and they say "thank you". Then the face I never saw before and will never see again moves on. But I'm left knowing that of the 3 to 400 women I've met like that, there's a good chance I may have saved at least one life, that maybe my wife said "thank you" through this strange face, and I feel 10 feet tall.

-T Tom Menees Northern New Jersey

I love volunteering for the NOCC because...
it is my passion to educate and bring awareness to ovarian cancer and raising awareness of the importance of volunteering with NOCC. I am proud to be part of an organization that is working hard to develop new programs and strong relationships with their chapters! NOCC is making a difference in communicating, reaching out and educating and training their volunteers. When people work together it doesn't matter what the job at hand is. Everything becomes easier and most difficulties are erased.
Volunteering is important to me because...
you get closer to people, you make new acquaintances too. My self confidence has increased by getting more involved. It is important to give others hope because they realize there are people out there who will help them out. It brings back their faith and it enables them to draw strength from their inner-self. Knowing that I do something good brings an emotional uplifting that keeps me positive. I love bringing hope and happiness to people and a good laugh to see them smile.
My favorite experience as a NOCC volunteer was...
when I volunteered for the survivor booth at the RI Walk. It was my first walk event and I had no idea what it would be like until...women were coming to the table to get their shirts,and gift bag, Each woman had their hands painted in teal and lime and put their prints on the survivor banner. The faces of these woman, their tears, and stories was so overwhelming. I hugged everyone and listened so intently to them. They were so happy to be there and be a part of the Walk and all said I'm alive to talk it about and I will be back next year. Those that were fighting survivors and still receiving treatment would say what therapy they were on and all the pain and discomfort they were having was okay because they were there to make a difference and be a part of the day. I was so excited and looking forward to our CT Walk just 2 weeks later and had a profound understanding of what it truly was all about. I am a survivor one of many and proud to stand strong for myself and others.

-Joanne Nesbitt, CT-Chapter

I love volunteering for the NOCC because...
I am determined to make others aware of this disease. I would like to see more Teal colored ribbons and more overall support for conquering this disease. I have a big mouth and think I can make a difference by putting my big mouth to work for this cause.
Volunteering is important to me because...
I lost my mother to this disease 3 years ago on Leap Day. I watched her battle with everything she had. She was determined she would beat this thing-she lost her battle 2 1/2 yrs after she was diagnosed. Like most, she had no symptoms or signs until she presented with ascitis. She was at stage 4. We didn't know much about this cancer or how to fight it. I want to raise awareness so others don't go through what the Phyllis Pierce family went through.
My favorite experience as a NOCC volunteer was...
I am currently the walk chair for the upcoming Iowa "Break the Silence" walk/run in June and am really enjoying the challenge. It is helping me heal. When I started this project I cried after every meeting, especially when I met women fighting this disease and those who have survived. But now I am working this walk with all that I can. I want this walk to be successful and to raise awareness. I wish to provide hope and support for those battling this cancer. I want to see Teal!

-Teri Burnham, Iowa Chapter

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