CALL US NOW 330-518-2431
Donate Now

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

Erin is the youngest of Rosemary’s six children. Along with her siblings, Erin supported & assisted their mother’s efforts in the grassroots stages of this foundation.  Erin has been employed as a flight attendant with Delta Airlines for the past twenty years. She enjoys travel, time spent with her husband, family & pet and searching for ways to raise a voice against the deadly whisper of ovarian cancer.  It is her goal to continue honoring her mother’s legacy, by helping to bring Rose’s vision to light. Erin hopes you will partner with The Rose Mary Flanagan Ovarian Cancer Foundation, in service to this great community & cause – a community & cause Rose held so dear. 


Sept 1st – 6:00 pm – Putting Ribbons up in Warren . We will meet at the gazebo in Court House Square.

Sept 2nd – Tying ribbons in Youngstown and Boardman Park. We Will meet at the Avalon Downtown at 1:00pm for pizza and then head to downtown Youngstown and move up to the YSU campus to paint “the rock” Teal; after  driving to Boardman Park to meet at the Gazebo at 5:00pm.

Sept 9th – Our participation in the Southern Park Mall Community Day. It will be from 10:00-2:00pm. If anyone would like to help at the table, we appreciate your time.

Sep 18th Yoga for Ovarian Cancer Awareness at Studio Oxygen new Poland Location. This will be a gentle Yoga for everybody! The class will begin at 11:00am with lite refreshments to follow. Zeta Tau Alpha Sorority will work the registration desk, so I don’t think we will need help at this event, but would love to see everyone there. Also, we will have a new tee shirt for sale the day of the Yoga event.

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

photo 3444
photo 56546
photo 777
photo 4654
photo 1
photo 4
photo 2

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


© The Rose Mary Flanagan Ovarian Cancer Foundation | All Rights Reserved