On June 2, 2007, the sisters of Sigma Alpha Omega® voted to adopt Ovarian Cancer Awareness as our national philanthropy after the initiative was researched by then Vice President of the National Board of Trustees, Erin Watts Evans.  The sorority has worked alongside organizations to promote education and awareness efforts such as Ovarian Cancer Research Alliance, NormaLeah Ovarian Cancer Initiative, Teal Diva, and many local to our chapters.


Erin Watts Evans reflects on the impact of the day we adopted Ovarian Cancer as our National Philanthropy:


"Knowing the impact that we could have on women all over the country, I never imagined that from that meeting we would go on to be where we are now.  [...]  Truly, back then we were so young, I think we had only hoped that we were doing the right thing, hoped that we were listening to the Lord and following the path that we needed to be on.  Throughout the year seeing all the OCA events and speakers at chapters and convention, it blows my mind and warms my heart.  Just sitting in reverence of all these active sisters, and now active alumnae, all in their teal; we are changing a generation, I just know it." (June 2015, email to Executive Director)



The Ovarian Cancer National Alliance has dedicated the whole month of September to ovarian cancer awareness. We encourage all chapters to take advantage of this opportunity to tell others about ovarian cancer.  Some ideas might be:

  • Wear teal ribbons, bracelets, or T-shirts throughout the whole month of September.

  • Pass out fact sheets to women on campus.

  • Decorate your campus walkways with teal colored sidewalk chalk.

  • Host an awareness event, and an invite a local cancer survivor as the guest speaker.

  • Hold fundraising events to raise money for OCA. 


You can learn more about Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month at www.ovariancancer.org.



Each year in the United States an estimated 22,000 women are diagnosed with ovarian cancer


Each year about 14,000 U.S. women die of ovarian cancer

Worldwide, more than 200,000 women are diagnosed with ovarian cancer each year, and 140,000 women die from the disease.

Approximately 1 in 79 American women will develop ovarian cancer in her lifetime

When ovarian cancer is detected in the early stages, there is an 85 to 90% chance for a cure

Ovarian cancer is the fifth leading cause of cancer deaths among American women

Ovarian cancer causes more deaths than all other gynecological cancers combined







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Statistics, facts, and symptoms provided by NormaLeah Ovarian Cancer Initiative

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