New Executive Director
New Executive Director

Kelly M. VossHERA Women’s Cancer Foundation is pleased to announce the hiring of Kelly Voss as its new Executive Director. Ms. Voss brings nearly a decade of nonprofit experience to HERA, a nonprofit dedicated to eliminating ovarian cancer through Health, Empowerment, Research, and Awareness. She recently received her Masters of Science degree in Nonprofit Management from Northeastern University.

“I am truly honored to continue this critical work of HERA’s founder, Sean Patrick,” says Voss. “Twelve years ago when Sean was diagnosed with ovarian cancer, she recognized that this particular disease was killing women in large part due to a lack of awareness and understanding of ovarian cancer symptoms. She lost her battle with ovarian cancer in 2009, but her legacy continues today through HERA’s funding of innovative scientific research grants as well as community efforts to raise awareness of the disease. I am proud to join HERA’s fight against ovarian cancer using my development and leadership experience.”

“Almost 22,000 American women will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2015, and more than 14,000 women will lose their lives to the disease,” explains ten-year ovarian cancer survivor and HERA Board President, Samantha Lockwood. “I believe that a cure can and will be found and I’m excited that Ms. Voss will lead HERA in these efforts.”

Since 2002, the HERA Women’s Cancer Foundation has provided funding for cutting-edge research grants to scientists at respected medical institutions such as Johns Hopkins, the MD Anderson Cancer Center, the University of Minnesota, and others. In so doing, HERA encourages more researchers to expand the scientific understanding of ovarian cancer while improving the lives of those battling the disease. In addition, HERA awards grants to local community groups to raise awareness about the disease in novel and unusual ways.

Most recently HERA joined the Stand Up To Cancer collaborative effort dedicated to piloting leading-edge, ovarian cancer research that will help patients and save lives. This Dream Team effort is led by the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund, the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance, the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition, and the HERA Women’s Cancer Foundation, with contributions from other organizations throughout the United States.

 

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