OCRF & Ovarian Cancer National Alliance are now one strong, united, inspiring voice!
Ovarian Cancer Research Fund (OCRF) and the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance (OCNA) have led the way in advocacy, research and support for patients and their families for over 22 years. As of January 2016, we are pleased to announce we are joining together to form Ovarian Cancer Research Fund Alliance (OCRFA), the largest global organization dedicated to advancing ovarian cancer research while supporting women and their families. Read the exciting news!


Survivor Stories / Tributes

Carol Drozdowicz Gow

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This is dedicated to our mother, Carol, who fought long and hard but ultimately lost her battle with ovarian cancer on July 14, 2011. Carol leaves behind her husband, her sister, 5 children and 5 grandchildren, who all love her and miss her terribly. She was a wonderful person who was dedicated to her family, her friends, her community and her career. Though she is gone, she will always be in our hearts. We love you Mom.

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Carol was diagnosed with ovarian cancer on October 12, 2005 on her 72nd birthday. She had her surgery one week before Hurricane Wilma hit South Florida.

Carol was born in New Jersey and has an older sister, Joan. She attended nursing school in NJ but then moved to Ft. Lauderdale, Florida with her husband, mother-in-law, and 3 children. By the time they moved to Miami, FL there were 2 more children in the family. Carol was first an LPN, then an RN, and then completed her Bachelor’s in Nursing, all while working full-time and taking care of her family. She later received her Master’s Degree in Adult Education.

Carol’s passion was nursing. She was a nurse for 25 years at Miami Children’s Hospital, and then worked in Nursing Education at Baptist Hospital until she retired. She was always involved in health-related causes, even when she retired from the nursing profession. She was involved in a school program entitled “Smoke-Free Class of 2000″ that encouraged students to not smoke cigarettes. As a retired nurse, she would volunteer in the community to take blood pressures and do health screenings. After more than 40 years working in the nursing profession, when she retired she moved to Key Largo, FL where she married David F. Gow.

Apart from her many accomplishments as a nurse, Carol is most recently remembered for the imprint she left on the Key’s community. She supported many charities and was a member and past president of the Key Largo Lions Club, where she was passionately involved with fundraising for the Lions Eye Bank, such as the flea market, hall rentals, baked-goods fundraisers, and any special functions. Her husband, David Gow, is a past fire chief of the Key Largo Volunteer Fire Department, and Carol embraced her role as wife of a past fire chief by wholly involving herself in any and all of the Fire Department’s activities, such as boot drives, board meetings, Christmas parties, and installation dinners. She was a beloved “mom” to all of the Fire Department’s members and a loved and respected member of the Key’s community as a whole.

Carol left a lasting impression on all those she met. She touched many lives over the years, and her family, friends, and her community will remember her fondly with love and affection for many years to come.

Last updated on: 07/19/2011


It is not possible to express to readers the magnitude of my mother’s life and generosity. From buying Girl Scout cookies to starting a scholarship for high school students wishing to study Fire Sciences, each small contribution made an impact in someone’s life. And then there is her nursing career – countless children are alive today because of her care. Parents were comforted by her words. We are missing our dear, loving mother and the world is missing a compassionate angel.

Marian Garret – 07/22/2011

This artilce went ahead and made my day.

Hollie Hollie – 08/23/2011

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Stew Stew – 09/04/2012