Oklahoma Project Woman is a statewide comprehensive program providing mammograms, diagnostic procedures and surgical services at no charge to Oklahomans with no health insurance and limited financial resources. OPW is a collaborative effort linking multiple breast healthcare institutions to Oklahomans who may not be able to afford necessary breast healthcare.

Our Stories

After losing my mom to breast cancer when I was 13, I was terrified when I found my own lump in my twenties. I had no health insurance and had a new baby. Oklahoma Project Woman was there to provide me a free mammogram, which thankfully came back clear. I am now in the position to give back through volunteerism to this great organization.
— OPW client
Oklahoma Project Woman holds a very special place in my heart. Watching the OPW team strive to provide support for men and woman impacted by breast cancer makes every minute of volunteering worth it. It is amazing how many lives are touched by the OPW team during such a stressful time in the patient’s life. The more lives we can help save makes volunteering even more important.
— Heather Van Hooser, Oklahoma Project Woman Past Board Chair

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In 1995, two American Cancer Society Reach to Recovery volunteers, Sue Ford and Barbara Schwarz, identified a need in Tulsa to help women pay for mammograms. Sue and Barbara had been the recipients of many phone calls from women who did not have insurance seeking mammography screening and financial resources for breast health care. They decided to form a committee to look into a program that could help these women and at the same time offer them choice in their health care provider.

Screening mammography was identified as one way in which a program could help, but many women visited through Reach to Recovery expressed concern and need for financial assistance following breast cancer surgery. A committee was formed in 1995 to investigate resources for meeting the breast health needs of indigent women. Representatives were invited from every medical facility in Tulsa that was involved with breast health screening.

The first year was spent investigating potential funding for the program and eventually the annual Tulsa Pink Ribbon Luncheon proceeds were designated for use by Tulsa Project Woman.
The committee signed contracts with the five existing hospitals in Tulsa to provide services at contracted rates and Tulsa Project Woman began serving patients in January 1998 as a program operated under the American Cancer Society. Services included mammography, ultrasound, biopsy, and an agreement by the hospitals to absorb the care for at least 3 breast cancer patients a year.

As the program grew, the Tulsa Project Woman Committee voted in April of 2001 to incorporate Tulsa Project Woman as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, separate and apart from the

Sue and Barbara in 1995

Sue and Barbara in 1995

American Cancer Society. The organization’s Board of Directors was voted into office at that time.

Because of the tremendous success of the Tulsa Project Woman program, the Board of Directors voted to change the name of the organization to Oklahoma Project Woman In 2011, to reflect an organization that was serving the entire state.

Annual Report

Since 1998, OPW has provided access to care for more than 69,000 uninsured Oklahomans.

906 patients have been diagnosed with breast cancer.
Our average medical cost to serve a client is $230.
Patients are billed nothing.

Check out our 2022 Impact by clicking HERE!

Board of Directors

Michelle Fuller, Accurus

Chair Elect
Vicki Reese, Matrix North American Construction

Past Chairperson
Jeff Husen, ONEGAS, Inc.

Stephanie Palmgren, Transfund

Lori Few, McAlester Public Schools

Deanna Alberty, Bayer Oncology
Robert Coffey, CSM Attorneys at Law
Molly Ross Fuhrman
Frances Lerblance, Community Volunteer
David Losacco, Stinnett-Associates
Lauren LaBass Oonk, Bank of Oklahoma
Sherrie Macko
Dena Pride, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Oklahoma
Kirsten Runyan, Integris Health

Director Emeritus
Sue Ford, Co-Founder
James B. Lockhart, Jr., MD
Barbara Schwarz, Co-Founder


Executive Director
Anne Bogie

Development Director – Oklahoma City
Valerie Aubert

Development Director – Tulsa
Marla Roberts

Clinical Program Director – Tulsa
Denise Senger

Clinical Program Director – Oklahoma City
Kelli Lynch

Accounting Coordinator
Shelley Lewis

Patient Services Coordinator
Katie Arens


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