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

Colleen Black

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My mom battled this dreadful disease off and on for the last 10 years yet you wouldn’t know she was living with cancer. All I can say is she was AMAZING and was always happy and ready to live her life. To watch her go through this over the years, I know she would not have been here this long if it wasn’t for her strong faith in Jesus and the support of her incredible family & friends.

My mom always put herself last, not just with our family, but in her day-to-day life. We couldn’t go anywhere (whether we were with our mom or not) where someone would stop us and tell us how much they loved our mom and what a dear she was. What a legacy she’s left for others and especially for us. If I can even be an inkling of what my mom was, I will feel even more blessed than I already am.

Despite all the tribulations, the fears, the life changing events, I have learned a valuable lesson about life and have discovered a new found hero that you don’t see on a sports field, in a history book, or on the cover of a magazine. I have known this hero my whole life and now, more than ever, I saw the qualities of courage, strength, love, motivation, willingness to fight and a heart that touched all. My mom had a face that lit up the room whenever anybody encountered her–to me she was truly amazing.

In the last 10 years, my mom has touched the lives of hundreds through her battle with ovarian cancer. Her love of life has encouraged us to appreciate our family even more, friends and most importantly, God’s greatest gift, life.

My mom, Colleen, my angel on earth, was ready for something higher, something more beautiful than I could possibly imagine because God needs her by his side—probably to help run the show.

I miss my mom so much and know I won’t get another message saying, “hi it’s your mom” or a lesson on how to set the table, but I’ll never forget her voice, her face and most of all, her unconditional love.

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Colleen L. Black passed away at her home and went to be with Jesus on March 7, 2007, after an amazing ten-year courageous battle with ovarian cancer. She died secure in the love of her Lord, in the presence of her children and many friends while abounding in grace through the love she gave to all.

Colleen is a blend of small town Kansas and urban Kansas City. Except for college and several years of early married life in Texas, she has lived in the Kansas City area all her life. Colleen cherishes the memories of being raised in foster homes in and around Gardner, Kansas, until she became a teenager.

Colleen leaves a legacy of 25 plus years service teaching others about the word of God. Through her faith, she touched of hundreds of women’s lives through Bible Study Fellowship. She also served as Director of Women’s Ministries at her church and taught weekly Bible studies there. She was a frequent speaker at retreats, various brunches and banquets and wherever the Lord led her. Between all this and being a full time mom and later a grandmother, she lived a rich and busy life–always ready for the next adventure, never a victim of boredom. Colleen will be greatly missed.

Last updated on: 07/02/2009


Dori D. – Hey Claire,What a beautiful blog great job!Love your aemgis The ones on your banner at the top are amazing, & I agree that the angel’ family is lucky to have you as their family photographer Love the image of the mom & baby and I particularly love the one of the newborn with the headband in black & white.Dori

Adrian Adrian – 03/29/2012