NEW YORK, Nov. 12, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- PCOS Challenge: The National Polycystic Ovary Syndrome Association is being honored with the Hope Award for Achievement from RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association for raising public awareness about polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) and leading successful legislative advocacy efforts. Sasha Ottey, Founder and Executive Director of PCOS Challenge, will accept the award at RESOLVE's 21st Annual Night of Hope Gala on November 12, at Capitale in New York City. As the organization that supports and provides a voice for all people challenged in their family-building journey, RESOLVE established the Hope Awards to recognize professionals, companies, volunteers and the media who truly impact those struggling to build a family.
PCOS Challenge's mission is to raise public awareness about polycystic ovary syndrome, a leading cause of infertility, and help girls and women with the condition overcome their symptoms and reduce their risk for life-threatening related illnesses. Since Sasha Ottey founded PCOS Challenge in 2008, the organization has grown to over 50,000 members and has helped many women triumph over their struggles with infertility, weight gain, anxiety and depression and reduce their risk for related conditions including diabetes, cardiovascular disease and cancer. The nonprofit's leadership team built a coalition of more than 70 major national and international health organizations and led the first successful legislative advocacy effort in the U.S. Congress to recognize the seriousness of PCOS, the need for further research and improved treatment options, and for a cure. The initiative also officially designated September as PCOS Awareness Month.
"RESOLVE is proud to honor PCOS Challenge for the important work it has done for people living with PCOS and all those who are challenged in their family-building journey," says Barbara Collura, RESOLVE's President/CEO. "Celebrating these contributions makes the collective message louder and inspires others to get informed, seek support, advocate for change and take action to reach resolution in their family-building journey."
"It is a tremendous honor to receive the RESOLVE 2018 Hope Award for Achievement," says Sasha Ottey. "PCOS is one of the most common human disorders, yet it is one of the most under-diagnosed, underfunded and neglected areas of health. For the last decade, we have been a staunch advocate and critical support system for women with PCOS in their family-building journeys, as many have struggled with infertility and other serious conditions related to PCOS. We continue to work to increase awareness about PCOS; educate patients, healthcare professionals and policy leaders about the disorder; and advocate for better access to care and increased funding for PCOS research. Throughout the years, RESOLVE has been a valued mentor and partner for PCOS Challenge, so this award means that much more. We look forward to continued success together!"
The Night of Hope brings together more than 400 leaders and influencers in the family-building community to "party for a purpose" and bring awareness to RESOLVE's mission. Past Hope Award honorees include Starbucks, Bill and Giuliana Rancic, The View, USA Today, National Public Radio, Self Magazine, CNN Anchor Alisyn Camerota, First Response®, The Bob Woodruff Foundation and the American Society for Reproductive Medicine. The 2018 Night of Hope Big Apple sponsors include EMD Serono, Ferring Pharmaceuticals, IntegraMed Fertility, Merck, and Shady Grove Fertility. For more information regarding the Night of Hope and the Hope Award recipients, visit www.resolve.org/nightofhope.
About RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association
RESOLVE is a national nonprofit patient advocacy organization. One in eight U.S. couples of childbearing age has trouble conceiving or carrying a pregnancy to term. Founded in 1974, RESOLVE provides free support groups in more than 200 communities; is the leading patient advocacy voice; and serves as the go-to organization for anyone challenged in their family building. For more information, visit www.RESOLVE.org.
About PCOS Challenge: The National Polycystic Ovary Syndrome Association
Serving over 50,000 members, PCOS Challenge is the leading patient support and advocacy organization for women with PCOS. The organization touches the lives of women with PCOS and their supporters each year through television and radio programming, support groups, grants, health screenings and awareness, education and advocacy initiatives. For more information, visit www.pcoschallenge.org.
William R. Patterson
PCOS Challenge: The National Polycystic Ovary Syndrome Association
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