In Memoriam

OCSA Advisory Board member celebrated Pet Author Darlene Arden dies of Ovarian Cancer, to learn more about the Ovarian Cancer Symptom Awareness (OCSA) Darlene Arden Veterinary Outreach Program (VOP) Fund, please click here.

Meet Nate Winsel, OCSA’s Summer Intern

“Nate is an undergraduate student at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign studying Economics and he plans to pursue a career in marketing after graduation.  Concurrently he is a business development intern for the parking rental startup ParqEx in River North. In his free time Nate enjoys playing sports, especially golf, basketball, and football. While he has previously assisted in preparations for OCSA events, he is very excited for the opportunity to work with us first hand and help us expand our reach to college students.”

One Health Approach

The One Health Approach is a movement to forge co-equal, all-inclusive collaborations between physicians, osteopaths, veterinarians, dentists, nurses and other scientific-health and environmentally related disciplines, including the American Medical Association, American Veterinary Medical Association, American Academy of Pediatrics, American Nurses Association, American Association of Public Health Physicians, the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), and the U.S. National Environmental Health Association (NEHA). Additionally, more than 700 prominent scientists, physicians and veterinarians worldwide have endorsed the approach.

OCSA’s Support of the Penn Vet Working Dog Center

OCSA is committed in its support of the Penn Vet Working Dog Center’s ovarian cancer detection program. With the expansion of the program from 3 to 4 dogs, OCSA is donating $10,000 for 2 Veterinary Student Intern Scholarship to support the hire of 2 veterinary student interns at the Working Dog Center. Student interns are an essential part of the training team at the Center and benefit tremendously from the experience of working with both an elite group of highly driven dogs as well as a team of experts in canine medical detection. Their work supports both the research and teaching mission of the Center.

Dr. Otto recently appeared on the Dr. Oz show talking about the Penn Vet Working Dog Center’s advances in dogs sniffing out cancer. Click here to watch the segment.

For more information about our relationship with Penn Vet Working Dog Center, Read more HERE

OCSA Partners with the Veterinary Community.

The Ovarian Cancer Symptom Awareness Organization (OCSA) is partnering with the Illinois State Veterinary Medical Association (ISVMA) to raise awareness surrounding the silent symptoms of ovarian cancer through its Veterinary Outreach Program (VOP).

OCSA’s Foreign Blogger – Shaleen Jacobs

OCSA welcomes its first foreign blogger, Shaleen Jacobs. She is passionate about all things creative. In her spare time she works on creative writing projects and hopes to better her craft with time. She also has a love for the human psyche (psychology), something she hopes to one day pursue studies in. Shaleen is from a suburb in Cape Town called Kraaifontein. She graduated from Scottsdene High, in 2006 and in 2015 she reached out to OCSA after a personal experience that in the end turned out to be non life threatening. OCSA  appointed her shortly afterwards as their South African representative, something she is very grateful for. South Africans are not uninformed about Ovarian Cancer but the more the word gets out the more people become aware of it and the more quickly they can act on it. Officially appointed to be OCSA’s  representative she received the necessary tools to execute that assignment from the collective team of representatives including Team OCSA, EVP, and representatives from South African Airways and Grosvernor Tours. She hopes you will enjoy the tidbits she will be sharing on the blog and of course she hopes to help save lives.