Colleen’s Dream Foundation started in 2012 and supports research for early detection and improved treatment for ovarian cancer.
The story of Colleen’s Dream started in 2007 when Colleen was diagnosed with late-stage ovarian cancer. Our eyes were opened to a new world that was filled with invasive surgery, harsh chemotherapy, and lots of uncertainty. Ovarian cancer is often referred to as “the silent killer” because many women do not discover their disease until it is in the late stages, which leads to many women succumbing to the disease within a short period of time. Unlike cervical or breast cancer, ovarian cancer does not have a standardized early detection procedure. When it comes to women’s health, ovarian cancer proves to be one of the deadliest diseases.
At Colleen’s Dream Foundation, we feel it is important to raise money for research that will lead to reliable early detection testing and improved treatment for ovarian cancer. Because so little is known about ovarian cancer in proportion to other women’s health issues, we have an incredible opportunity for research and education.
We are working with some of the top research hospitals and universities that are researching ovarian cancer. Offering seed funding ($5,000-$10,000 grants) to young investigators, we will fund cutting-edge research by some of the brightest, young minds in the world.
We are a qualified 501 (c)(3) tax exempt non-profit organization based in Phoenix, Arizona.
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We want to get the conversation started about ovarian cancer earlier and by more people. Normally, ovarian cancer is known only by those who are directly affected by the disease. We see a future where the ovarian cancer survival rates could increase dramatically with an increase in funding and education. An increase in funding and education could ultimately save thousands of lives each year. The reality is sad, but the future is bright. If we learned anything from breast cancer survival rates over the last twenty years, funding and education have increased survival rates dramatically. Our goal is to achieve the same dramatic results with ovarian cancer.
- To measure our success in two ways: money raised and lives touched. Never letting money ever take precedence over life, but knowing that more money raised will lead to more lives saved.
- To fund scientific research that leads to the establishment of comprehensive and accurate early detection testing. Partnering with top gynecological oncologists and research-based hospitals in the United States will allow us to set clear and measurable guidelines for our grant writing process which will encourage new ideas by young investigators.
- To bring attention to the signs and symptoms of this deadly disease. Even though the signs and symptoms are vague, research has shown that they are consistently present for women with ovarian cancer. The first step is getting the conversation started.
- To live in a country where Ovarian Cancer is diagnosed earlier, more often, allowing more women to survive.
- To build a foundation that is bigger than any of its members.
Board of Directors
Nicole Cundiff Nicole is an attorney who practiced civil litigation prior to making the difficult choice to be a stay-at-home mom. Nicole has been actively involved with many charitable organizations and is currently on the advisory board for Girls on the Run Maricopa County and International Book Project.
William (Billy) Cundiff Billy is a Pro Bowl/All Pro football player in the National Football League. While playing in the NFL, Billy earned his MBA from Arizona State University and tours the nation providing speaking and coaching services. Billy is currently on the advisory boards for the International Book Project and Character Counts of Iowa.
Jeff Seaman Jeff is a real estate broker with CBRE, Inc. in Phoenix, AZ with a specialization in multi-family transactions. Jeff currently sits on the advisory committee for Phoenix Urban Young Life and is an active member of Executive Council 70 and its grant program Executive Council Charities.
Board Member Emeritus
Colleen Drury Colleen was a daughter, sister, mother, friend, and by trade a legal nurse consultant. She was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2007 and had first-hand experience with the needs of diagnosed women over her 5+ year battle with this awful disease. She served on the board of Easter Seals of Arizona and was actively involved with the Make-A-Wish Foundation in its early days. The inspiration for the foundation and an original board member. Colleen will always be missed!
Medical Advisory Board
Dr. Tamara Lieberman was born and raised in sunny Tucson, Arizona. She received her undergraduate diploma and medical degree from The University of Arizona in 2004. She completed her residency in Internal Medicine at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital of Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. In 2007 she returned to Arizona to start practicing medicine in Phoenix. Dr. Lieberman currently practices at Internal Medicine of Arizona, located on 32nd St. and Camelback Rd. in Phoenix. Dr. Lieberman is a strong believer in preventative care and has a special interest in women’s health. She is happy to perform Well Woman exams as part of annual physical exams and enjoys working with patients on attaining goals to prevent chronic disease. In her free time Dr. Lieberman enjoys spending time with her husband and active daughter. She also enjoys travel and is always planning her next international excursion. Music is very important to her and her family, and she tries to find time to keep up her guitar playing skills.
Dr. John Shufeldt received his BA from Drake University in 1982 and his MD from the University of Health Sciences/ The Chicago Medical School in 1986. He completed his Emergency Medicine Residency at Christ Hospital and Medical Center in 1989 where he spent his final year as Chief Resident. John received his MBA in 1995, and his Juris Doctorate in 2005, both from Arizona State University. He is admitted to the State Bar in Arizona, the Federal District Court, and Supreme Court of the United States. His certifications include Fellow, American Board of Emergency Medicine, Fellow, College of Legal Medicine, and American College of Emergency Physicians. He founded NextCare Inc. in 1993 as well as numerous other health and non-health care businesses. He served as NextCare’s Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board until 2010. In 2010, John stepped away from NextCare and founded MeMD, LLC; Health Care Virtually Anywhere. A published author, John continues to serve the community, Arizona State University, and Drake University in various board positions.
Dr. Patricia Grade is Board Certified by the American Board of Obstetrics & Gynecology and is a Diplomate of the American College of Obstetrics & Gynecology. She is a native of Arizona and attended medical school at the University of Arizona in Tucson, receiving honors in Ob/Gyn, Internal Medicine and Surgery. She completed Ob-Gyn residency at Good Samaritan Medical Center in Phoenix, known for high-risk obstetrics and minimally invasive surgery.
Prior to medical school, Dr. Grade received a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from University of Arizona and completed a Clinical Pharmacy residency at University of California San Francisco. She practiced as a Clinical Pharmacist at Good Samaritan Medical Center, Phoenix, Arizona, for seven years.
Dr. Grade has been in practice in Scottsdale since 2001. She enjoys the personal gratitude and privilege of caring for and delivering her obstetric patients.
She is also an accomplished laparoscopic surgeon. Whenever possible, she approaches her surgical cases from a minimally invasive approach.