Ovations for the Cure Founder Receives Teal Ribbon Award

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Patricia Franchi Flaherty Honored During National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month.

The Ovarian Cancer Awareness Coalition presented Paul Flaherty, in honor of his late wife, Ovations for the Cure Founder Patricia Franchi Flaherty a Teal Ribbon Award on Thursday, September 25th.

The Teal Ribbon Awards are presented annually to ovarian cancer survivors and supporters to honor their contributions in fighting the disease and their courageous efforts to increase ovarian cancer awareness.

Ovations for the Cure's Director of Operations, Lisa Tocci, presented Mr. Flaherty the award on behalf of his wife, who lost her nine-year battle against ovarian cancer on August 18th. Patricia Franchi Flaherty founded Ovations for the Cure in 2006, leading the organization's efforts to raise money to support ovarian cancer research, promote disease awareness through a national public awareness effort, and provide hope to patients through education about the newest treatments and procedures.

"I am very pleased to present the Teal Ribbon Award in honor of an incredible woman; a woman for whom I have the utmost respect," said Tocci. "Patty's efforts made significant strides in the battle against ovarian cancer and we look forward to continuing her fight against this horrible disease."

Under Patricia Franchi Flaherty's leadership, Ovations for the Cure has raised and donated more than $1 million to ovarian cancer initiatives. In addition to founding Ovations for the Cure, Patricia Franchi Flaherty was a long-standing trustee at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and helped established the Madeline Franchi Ovarian Cancer Research Fund.

The Fourth Annual Teal Awards were held at the State Room on the 33rd floor of Sixty State Street in Boston, MA. Beth Shelburne of New England Cable News emceed the evening, overlooking the Leonard P. Zakim Bunker Hill Bridge, which was illuminated in teal as part of September's National Ovarian Cancer Awareness month.

In addition to Patricia Franchi Flaherty, the following members of the ovarian cancer community were honored: Alan LeBovidge, Executive Director, Massachusetts Turnpike Authority (MTA); Joan Gallagher, Ovarian Cancer Education Awareness Network at Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center (OCEAN); and Rich Maloney, Activist, National Ovarian Cancer Coalition (NOCC).

About Ovations for the Cure:
Ovations for the Cure, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, is dedicated to the relentless pursuit of a cure for ovarian cancer. Since its inception in 2006, Ovations for the Cure has dedicated over $1 million to various ovarian cancer research initiatives such as Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Children's Hospital Boston, City of Hope, University of Pennsylvania, and Brigham and Woman's Hospital. The Foundation spreads awareness of the most deadly gynecological disease through national events including fashion shows with celebrity designers Stuart Weitzman and Carmen Marc Valvo, regional golf outings, 5k runs/walks, and various other initiatives. For more information about Ovations, please visit http://www.ovationsforthecure.org.

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