Honoring Martha Solonche, Pioneer of SHARE’s Ovarian Program

SHARE is saddened by the recent death of Martha Solonche, a pioneer of our ovarian program.

Martha, who would have turned 70 on April 29th, was one of the original members of the Ovarian Cancer Advisory Committee chaired by Betty Reiser, SHARE's first ovarian program director.

Martha, who edited textbooks professionally, served as a patient representative on the FDA's advisory committee for reproductive health drugs and as a consumer reviewer for the Department of Defense Ovarian Cancer Research Program.

Those of us privileged to spend time in Martha's company will always remember her as an independent thinker with a keen wit. Her frequent flashes of wry humor brightened our days and bolstered our spirits. As an advocate and ovarian cancer survivor for more than two decades, Martha inspired and supported many women as they coped with a diagnosis of ovarian or gynecologic cancer.

Martha, sporting a teal vest, with Carol Swerdel, at the SHARE-A-WALK in 1998.

Sharon Florin, left, and Martha Solonche, co-captains of the Ovarian Team at the SHARE-A-WALK fundraiser, Central Park, 1996.