Colleen’s Dream Foundation is a qualified 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to funding investigational scientific research with the primary goal of developing an accurate early detection test for ovarian cancer. Currently, no such test exists, making ovarian cancer the deadliest of all gynecological cancers. Colleen’s Dream was founded in 2012 by Nicole Cundiff and her husband, Billy, a 12-year veteran kicker in the NFL. In the short time Colleen’s Dream has been operational, it has garnered unfathomable support and has quickly become the largest, privately funded, ovarian cancer specific nonprofit in the state of Arizona.
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 to young investigators, we fund cutting-edge research by some of the brightest, young minds in the world.
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.
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!
CEO, Board of Directors
Nicole is a proud wife and busy mom to three awesome kids. She the eldest of Colleen’s four daughters and co-founded Colleen’s Dream with her husband, Billy. Nicole is a former attorney who enjoys giving back by being actively involved with many different causes in the Phoenix/Scottsdale area. In her free time, she loves working out, visiting farmers markets, online shopping, traveling, eating out and listening to live music.
William (Billy) Cundiff
Board Chair, Board of Directors
Billy is a former Pro Bowl/All Pro football player in the National Football League. A life long learner, he attended Drake University and has completed his MRED and MBA at ASU, as well as the NFL Business Management & Entrepreneur Program at Harvard Business School. Billy is on the advisory boards for the International Book Project and Character Counts of Iowa.
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.
Board of Directors
Michelle is a full-time mom and wife, part-time residential real estate agent, and former attorney. She is the third of Colleen’s four daughters. She enjoys an active lifestyle, and loves the outdoors, travel and adventure, especially when she can share it with her family.
Board of Directors
Erica is an Account Director for Shutterfly,Inc. in addition to being a full-time wife and mom to two amazing boys. Erica is also on the board for the Leukemia/Lymphoma Society and also gives back to many other causes across the valley. When she isn’t working or giving back charitably you can find her working out, traveling or being the biggest cheerleader on the sidelines for the many sports her boys play.
"As I look out in the future, I dream of a time when women of all ages will have a reliable early detection test for ovarian cancer and more humane treatment for those woman with late stage ovarian cancer." Colleen Drury