Sharsheret and Ovarian Cancer Research Fund Alliance Join Forces as Community Partners

Sharsheret and Ovarian Cancer Research Fund Alliance Join Forces as Community Partners

Contact: Jordana Altman, Marketing and Communications Manager
Telephone: 866.474.2774
Email: [email protected]

Teaneck, New Jersey (March 1, 2017) –  Sharsheret, the national not-for-profit organization dedicated to addressing the needs of Jewish women and families, of all backgrounds, facing breast and ovarian cancer, is proud to announce its new community partnership with the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund Alliance, the largest global charitable organization dedicated to advancing ovarian cancer research while supporting women and their families.

Sharsheret’s Ovarian Cancer Program provides tailored psychosocial support for women and families at every stage, from when a woman is at genetic risk, through  diagnosis, treatment, and into the survivorship years. Sharsheret also has a program for women living with recurrent ovarian cancer.  Collaborating with OCRFA will allow the two organizations to work hand-in-hand to support and educate women and families facing ovarian cancer nationwide.

“Sharsheret and OCRFA share the same values and are focused on ensuring that no women will face ovarian cancer alone,” said Sharsheret’s Executive Director Elana Silber.  “By partnering with OCRFA we will have an even greater impact, expand our reach, and help even more women living with ovarian cancer.”

For more information about how to partner with Sharsheret, contact Director of Support Programs, Adina Fleischmann, at 866.474.2774 or [email protected].

Sharsheret, Hebrew for chain, is the only national organization supporting Jewish women and families, of all backgrounds, facing breast and ovarian cancer-those who are diagnosed and those at high risk. Sharsheret is accredited by the Better Business Bureau and has earned a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator for sound fiscal management and commitment to accountability and transparency. To date, we serve more than 65,000 women, families, health care professionals, community leaders, and students from all 50 states. All Sharsheret programs serve all women and men.

As a member of the Federal Advisory Committee on Breast Cancer in Young Women, Sharsheret shapes messaging and programs at the national level. Recognizing Sharsheret as the model for culturally-relevant breast cancer support, the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has awarded the organization two multi-year grants to develop support programs. Additionally, Sharsheret participates in psychosocial research studies and evaluations in partnership with federal agencies and major cancer centers, including Georgetown Lombardi Cancer Center.

Sharsheret offers the following national programs:

The Link Program

• Peer Support Network, connecting women newly diagnosed or at high risk of developing breast cancer one-on-one with others who share similar diagnoses and experiences
• EmbraceTM, supporting women living with advanced breast cancer
• Genetics for Life®, addressing hereditary breast and ovarian cancer
• Thriving Again®, providing individualized support, education, and survivorship plans for young breast cancer survivors
• Busy Box®, for young parents facing breast cancer
• Best Face Forward®, addressing the cosmetic side effects of treatment
• Family Focus®, providing resources and support for caregivers and family members
• Ovarian Cancer Program, tailored resources and support for young Jewish women and families facing ovarian cancer
• Sharsheret SupportsTM, developing local support groups and programs

Education and Outreach Programs

• Health Care Symposia, on issues unique to younger women facing breast cancer
• Sharsheret on Campus, outreach and education to students on campus
• Sharsheret Educational Resource Booklet Series, culturally-relevant publications for Jewish women and their families and healthcare professionals


Ovarian Cancer Research Fund Alliance (OCRFA) is the largest global organization dedicated to advancing ovarian cancer research, while supporting women and their families before, during and after diagnosis. As the voice for ovarian cancer, OCRFA advances private research, advocates for increased federal research and awareness and furthers policies that give women access to the services they need. The organization has invested more than $70 million in private ovarian cancer research and helped to secure more than $2.2 billion federal dollars dedicated to ovarian cancer research and awareness. OCRFA engages the survivor community with programs like “Woman to Woman,” pairing gynecologic cancer patients with gynecologic cancer survivors, and “Survivors Teaching Students®: Saving Women’s Lives,” an educational program connecting ovarian cancer survivors with health professional students to present their unique stories about the disease.  Visit to learn more.

In January, 2016, Ovarian Cancer Research Fund (OCRF) and Ovarian Cancer National Alliance (OCNA) combined all of their resources into one full-spectrum organization called Ovarian Cancer Research Fund Alliance (OCRFA), in their fight against ovarian cancer.