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About the Queen of Hearts Foundation

The Queen of Hearts Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to raising funds for the research and early detection of ovarian cancer and in promoting public awareness and education about the signs and symptoms of this disease.

Launched in 2000 in Orange County by the children of Ann S. Dobbie, who died of a rare form of ovarian cancer, the Queen of Hearts Foundation was created to let women diagnosed with the disease know that there is hope for survival. The organization's fundraising also supports programs aimed at improving treatment options and survival rates.

In 2003, the foundation began a collaboration with UC Irvine’s Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center, one of 41 National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer centers in the country. The foundation has supported research to improve earlier detection of ovarian cancer and find a cure. The foundation lent its support to establish an ovarian cancer research laboratory on the university’s Irvine campus in July 2010.

The foundation recently entered into a five-year affiliation to support the UC Irvine Ovarian Cancer Center, which aims to be a regional and national leader in the care of patients with ovarian cancer as well as an engine of leading-edge research and a repository of the latest information about the disease, its diagnosis and range of treatments.

As part of this effort, the Ovarian Cancer Center is offering the only high-risk ovarian cancer screening and survivorship program in Orange County, named after Ann Dobbie.