About Colleen’s Dream

Colleen’s Dream Foundation started in 2012 and supports research for early detection and improved treatment for ovarian cancer.

Colleen's Dream

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.

Join us in achieving the dream.

Our Vision

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.

Our Mission

  • 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.

Our Team

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  • Colleen Drury

    Colleen Drury
    Board Member Emeritus
    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!

  • Nicole Cundiff

    Nicole Cundiff
    Board of Directors
    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.

  • Billy Cundiff

    William (Billy) Cundiff
    Board of Directors
    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 Seaman
    Board of Directors
    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.

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    Michelle Drury
    Board of Directors
    Michelle is a full-time mom and part-time attorney who loves the outdoors, traveling, and adventure, especially when she can share it with her family.