PCOS Diva has teamed up with PCOS Challenge to offer a series of grants for women with PCOS dealing with hirsutism (unwanted, male-pattern hair growth in women). This is a symptom near and dear to my heart since I struggled with it for all of my adult life until I underwent laser hair removal. The procedure truly helped me regain my self-esteem and confidence. (Now I only need to use the Tria at-home Laser for the occasional stray hair.) It is my honor to sponsor this grant that will help other women regain their sense of femininity and happiness.
Sasha Ottey, Executive Director of PCOS Challenge, Inc. offered to answer many of the questions that candidates are sure to ask:
- Who is PCOS Challenge?
PCOS Challenge, Inc. is the leading 501(c)(3) nonprofit support organization advancing the cause for women with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, serving nearly 35,000 members. The organization’s mission is to raise public awareness about PCOS and help girls and women with the condition overcome their symptoms and reduce their risk for life-threatening related diseases such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease and cancer. Since PCOS Challenge began its programs in 2009, the organization has helped many women find answers that have helped them overcome their struggles with infertility, weight gain, hirsutism, anxiety and depression and other PCOS related symptoms.
- What programs do you offer to help women with PCOS?
PCOS Challenge provides support and education for women and girls through PCOS workshops, radio shows, magazine and video content as well as The PCOS Awareness Symposium, which brings together clinicians, researchers, hundreds of women with PCOS and their supporters for a day of sharing experiences, insights and the latest updates about PCOS. Women and girls with PCOS can join our online network at PCOSChallenge.com and get updates about all of our programs.
- What is the PCOS Confidence Grant? Who does it help and what is it for?
As part of a multi-year endowment from PCOS Diva, PCOS Challenge, Inc. will be offering grants of up to $500 to help women and girls struggling with hair and skin issues related to Polycystic Ovary Syndrome. The Confidence Grant assists with the costs associated with dermatology treatments, laser hair removal or electrolysis. Many of these treatments such as electrolysis and laser hair removal are not being covered by insurance.
PCOS Challenge is proud to partner with Amy Medling and PCOS Diva for The PCOS Diva/PCOS Challenge Confidence grant. We are excited about the opportunity to help grant awardees to experience improved self-esteem. Every woman and girl deserves to feel confident and comfortable in her own skin.
- How can I apply for this grant?
Applications for the PCOS Diva/PCOS Challenge Confidence Grant are reviewed and selected twice per year – once in the spring and once in the fall. Individuals interested in applying for the grant can visit the following website for more information about the grant, deadlines and how to apply – http://www.pcoschallenge.org/confidence .
- How can you donate to PCOS Challenge?
We welcome donations to help us with our mission to provide education and support resources to women and girls with PCOS. Individuals can become a part of our “Hope for PCOS” monthly givers program or make a one-time donation at http://www.pcoschallenge.org/donate-pcos/ .
Contributions may be made directly to the PCOS Diva/PCOS Challenge Confidence Grant in either of the following ways:
- Online donation at http://www.pcoschallenge.org/donate-confidence-grant
- Mailing a check to
PCOS Challenge, Inc.
Attn: Confidence Grant
931 Monroe Drive, NE
Atlanta, GA 30308
Sasha Ottey is Founder and Executive Director of PCOS Challenge, Inc., the largest support and patient advocacy organization advancing the cause for women with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome worldwide. Since its programs started in 2009, PCOS Challenge has quickly grown to nearly 35,000 members and has helped many women find answers that have helped them overcome their struggles with infertility, weight gain, anxiety and depression and reduce their risk for life-threatening related conditions. Sasha is a Clinical and Research Microbiologist. She is also Executive Producer of the national award winning cable television series, PCOS Challenge®, host of the PCOS Challenge radio show and publisher of PCOS Challenge magazine.