Gynecological Cancer Awareness



The Gynecological Cancer Awareness Project

How it all began


When I was a fellow in the Oncology Nursing Society Leadership Development Institute I was caring for a patient who was searching for information about her disease and wanted to know other women on the same cancer journey. She suggested we build a support system that included a lending library and a social support group.  I decided, at that moment, to create a foundation for women battling gynecological cancer. I am an oncology nurse, not a philanthropist. I had no idea where this decision would lead me or even if I could do it. I did make a committment, though, in my fellowship program to create a project and implement it within 16 months. I then started the challenge of creating a foundation that raised $40,000 the first year, built a lending library, assisted several patients with non-medical expences and established the social support group called the Clever Senoras. I will never forget the woman,  Kay Haney PhD, who planted the seed in my mind to take a leap of faith into the unknown world of philanthropy. The Gynecological Cancer Awareness Project is a grass-roots organization inspired by an educator who never stopped teaching.


Amy Gundelach RN, BSN, OCN

Founder and Executive Director

Kay Haney, PhD and her grandson Alex Esquivel