The first Woman to Woman program was founded in 2004 at the Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City by ovarian cancer survivor Valerie Goldfein in collaboration with the Mount Sinai Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences and the Mount Sinai Department of Social Work. Valerie’s goal in starting the program was to alleviate some of the fear and loneliness she experienced at the time of her diagnosis with ovarian cancer. OCRA (then OCRF) was an early funder of the Woman to Woman program at Mount Sinai.
OCRA realized that women all over the country could benefit from Woman to Woman programs, and that the program model could be replicated in other hospitals and communities. In 2011, with Mt. Sinai’s blessing, and with significant financial support from corporate champion QVC, OCRA began to expand the program across the country. QVC’s support facilitated the growth of the program to more than a dozen additional sites.
OCRA has now funded 36 Woman to Woman programs across the country, expanding to new sites every year. In 2018, OCRA launched a “virtual” program, which allows newly diagnosed women to connect with a Woman to Woman mentor regardless of their geographic location.