I.H.O. Willa Clark's Fight with Ovarian Cancer


My name is Willa Snipes Clark and I'm a stage 4 ovarian cancer patient.
I am a wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother.
I have been blessed with a wonderful family that I love with all my heart.
Ovarian cancer is the deadliest of gynecological cancers.
A pap smear does not detect ovarian cancer.
I was told in 2016 I have ovarian cancer. I had never heard of ovarian cancer.
A very wise doctor gave me a CA 125 blood test.
I was then told they could not help me. My stomach was riddled with stage 4 cancer.
I had not felt sick.
I had no idea I was walking around carrying a life threatening disease in my stomach.
Since 2016 I have been fighting stage 4 ovarian cancer.
I would love to hear the words someday,  "Willa, you are cancer free".
Cancer has no boundaries, it just keeps growing. I have participated in Cancer Research programs since 2016. My prayer is for one day the research participants and I will make a difference in the lives of others. I truly believe in pushing forward with life and not allowing this deadly disease to stop me from as much happiness as I can endure each day.
The word cancer is a frightening word and a forever working process. I will not allow this 6 letter word to have the power to take away my courage, my faith or my identity.
I am determined to continue to fight this disease.



Please have family and friends contribute gifts in Willa’s honor as noted below, either by check or phone call or online.  It is important that everyone make a note that says “IHO Willa Clark” so that we know where to direct the gifts and so that Willa will receive a letter notifiying her that gifts have been made in her honor.

1. Make check payable to St. Joseph Hospital Foundation

         Write on the memo line - "IHO Willa Clark"

Send check to
St. Joseph Hospital Foundation
1100 West Stewart Drive
Orange, CA 92868
2.  Phone the St. Joseph Hospital Foundation at 714-347-7900, and use a credit card to make the tribute gift.

Go to "Donate Now", complete form, include "IHO Willa Clark" in the notes, and submit.  An acknowledgement page will pop up after the successful completion of the submission.

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Lynn G. Muth Cancer Research Fund  [LGMCanRes(#1005)]

This fund is the overall cancer research bucket of money;  it is used to support all kinds of cancer-related research (like the biospecimen repository) and helps pay for some parts of the clinical trials.

Currently, this fund pays for a part-time researcher who helps document the various clinical trials, helps with the patient consent process, and so on.  Other things the fund pays for includes the bio-specimen repository, trials reporting requirements, etc.

The objective of the Clinical Trials and Biospecimen Workgroup remains simple; to develop an integrated process between the collection of clinical information and the storage of human biospecimens at St. Joseph Hospital which will ultimately improve the clinical outcomes for our patients.


Summary of research program

The Cancer Research Department at St. Joseph Hospital (SJO) is a comprehensive program whose mission is to provide the latest in cancer clinical trials across all disciplines and stages of cancer.

  •  Comprised of 5 fulltime research professionals with over 25 years of combined research experience.
  • Currently have 37 clinical trials in various stages. 
  •  The research staff works with a multi-disciplinary team comprised of medical oncologists, surgical oncologists, radiation oncologists and pathologists to provide comprehensive cancer care.
  •  This highly coordinated effort was previously found only in major Universities and Comprehensive Cancer Centers.

St Joseph Hospital was recently chosen as one of only 16 participants in the National Cancer Institute (NCI) Community Cancer Centers Program (NCCCP).  SJO was the only community hospital on the West Coast to receive this designation


Current Cancer Research Team: