Ovarian Cancer Whispers.
Raise your voice against it.

Welcome to the Rose Mary Flanagan Ovarian Cancer Foundation!

The Rose Mary Flanagan Ovarian Cancer Foundation (RMFOCF) is a proud partner-member with the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance since 2012, and is a nonprofit, 501c3 organization, with the hope to be a powerful voice in Northeast Ohio and for anyone touched by Ovarian Cancer.  Our intention is to promote health, empowerment, awareness and research!

Mission Statement:
We are committed to work together with our community to promote awareness of Ovarian Cancer, to support research leading to the development of an early detection test and more effective treatments of Ovarian Cancer. RMFOCF will conduct community based events to support these purposes.

Rose’s Story

Each individual facing cancer has their own story to live and share with different memories of what it feels like to be diagnosed with cancer.  When I received my diagnosis I said, “No way.”  I was enjoying a very nice retirement; keeping busy with golf, tennis, yoga, and a part-time job that I enjoyed.  The symptoms were there and the CAT scan showed evidence of the disease; this was March of 2008.  Surgery revealed Stage 3 Ovarian Cancer–I heard a death sentence.

Thanks to good medical care and love and support from my family, I have survived.

The Rose Mary Flanagan Ovarian Cancer Foundation is my way of giving thanks for this time I have, which I will use to carry out the mission of our foundation.


A Pap Smear does not detect Ovarian Cancer
Recognizing these early warning signs is your best chance for survival.

The signs of ovarian cancer may be different for each woman and any one of these symptoms may be caused by noncancerous conditions. Because the ovaries are located near the bladder and the intestines, gastrointestinal symptoms often occur. When present, common symptoms of ovarian cancer may include:

  • Persistent abdominal bloating, indigestion or nausea
  • Changes in appetite, often a loss of appetite or feeling full sooner
  • Feelings of pressure in the pelvis or lower back
  • Needing to urinate more frequently
  • Changes in bowel movements
  • Increased abdominal girth
  • Feeling tired or low energy

Awareness of how your body normally feels and paying attention to symptoms that persist for several weeks can help guide your decision to see a doctor. Many signs of ovarian cancer, such as abdominal bloating, may suggest a gastrointestinal issue. Talk with your doctor about ovarian cancer being part of the problem.

loating that is persistent
Eating less and feeling fuller
Abdominal pain
Trouble with your bladder & bowels

Our Partners & Sponsors


Board of Directors


Rose Mary Flanagan

“The Rose Mary Flanagan Ovarian Cancer Foundation is my way of giving thanks for this time I have, which I will use to carry out the mission of our foundation.”
Rose Mary Flanagan – 2012


Erin Flanagan


Every Third Wednesday of each month at 5:30pm-7:00pm  we offer a support group at The Joanie Abdu Breast Center.  This group is a combined group for Ovarian and Breast Cancer Survivors. If you would like more information please call Erin Flanagan Lonsway at 330-518-2431

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Get Involved

The Rose Mary Flanagan Ovarian Cancer Foundation is a volunteer based organization. As such, we are always pleased to accept new volunteers.

Contact us today about volunteering with us!

P.O. Box 534
Canfield OH 44406

Erin Flanagan Lonsway 330-518-2431

E-Mail:  RMFOCF@yahoo.com

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