February 4, 1953 – July 4, 2006

The Ovarian Cancer Orange County Alliance lost one of its strongest and most beloved board members on July 4th. Simone Eichenberger, 53, was a founding member of OCOCA and its first recording secretary. She also served as OCOCA’s historian from the time the organization was founded in 2003. Her strong commitment to educating the public about ovarian cancer inspired those around her, and her tireless work on behalf of the cause helped power the goals and achievements of the Alliance. She was instrumental in organizing the first “Night of Magic” fundraiser for the Alliance, helping the newly formed organization to establish itself. It was Simone’s thoughtful suggestion that blankets be included this year with the Comfort Bags that OCOCA distributes to women in treatment during September Awareness Month.

Not only did Simone work to help raise ovarian cancer awareness, she enlisted the help of her entire family in doing so. Husband, Bernard, daughter, Melissa, and son, Kurt, were totally involved in OCOCA fundraisers, health fairs and other awareness events. She even brought along her sisters to help out when they were in town visiting.

Simone, a Career Center Coordinator with the Santa Ana Unified School District, was diagnosed with Stage 3 ovarian cancer in late summer, 2002. She continued working after surgery and through many cycles of chemotherapy, fighting the disease every step of the way. For a short time, it seemed that she might be winning the battle, but in January, 2004, the cancer was found to have metastasized to her liver, and once again, Simone found herself on a roller coaster of treatments.

Sadly, her brave battle ended on July 4th. Like the fireworks that light up the sky and dazzle us with their brilliance and beauty, then disappear long before we’re ready to let them go, – we’ll always remember Simone.


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