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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Cancer, Cancer Research, Health

Mission: Ovarian Cancer Research Fund, Inc. (OCRF) is the largest private organization dedicated to funding cutting-edge research to end ovarian cancer.  An estimated 200,000 women are diagnosed worldwide each year, with 22,000 women in the U.S. alone.  We believe that future advances in ovarian cancer research lie in the hands of today''s young researchers. It is for this reason that OCRF''s main funding priority has been advancing outstanding researchers early in their careers, whose projects focus on early detection, screening and basic translational research. Through our Scientific Advisory Committee, OCRF funds exceptional investigators across the country. As we strive to find a cure, we also seek to raise awareness of the disease through our many educational programs and special events.

Geographic areas served: United States

Programs: OCRF's programs, aside from our research grants to the brightest of ovarian cancer researchers, include: a toll-free hotline, administered by staff and cancer survivors, which provides a free information packet on ovarian cancer and OCRF's activities; a video, "Surviving Ovarian Cancer," available free to the public; a Web site and bi-annual newsletter which provide valuable information about our research programs, events, and funders. OCRF produces many fund-raising events, including the annual Super Saturday, created by Donna Karan, which features a kids' carnival and designer garage sale, and the bi-enniel L'Oreal Legends Gala. The Junior Board of Directors also holds annual fundraising and awareness event.

Community Stories

12 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Wendy62

Donor

Rating: 4

After my mother died of a rare and deadly form of ovarian cancer in September 2010, I searched the Internet for charities that support ovarian cancer research. That's how I learned about OCRF. I work at a small nonprofit in Florida that has earned Charity Navigator's four-star rating for the past seven years. The OCRF also has the CN four-star rating, so I know that most of the funds donated to the OCRF go toward programs and research. Right after my mother's death, I was able to speak briefly with the CEO (who attended the University of South Florida) and the chief research officer, about my mom and the work that the OCRF was doing. I feel my donations matter.

Review from CharityNavigator

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Donor

Rating: 5

My wife passed away from Ovarian Cancer in 2002. It amazed me to find out that there were no funds that would help speed up research in this area. Ovarian Cancer is treatable if diagnosed early but most times this illness is not diagnosed on time. I was relief when after years of looking for a fund I found OCRF. They are carrying the torch for all of us.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

I first learned about OCRF through my sister, who is now a member of the executive committee of its junior board. Our mother passed away from ovarian cancer in March 2007 and we both learned through the experience how little was known about the disease since she was misdiagnosed several times. I am now dedicated to OCRF's cause and think that it's great that there is an organization focused specifically on raising awareness of the disease. I give annually and also participated in OCRF's first annual TEAL Walk last year.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

I am an Ovarian Cancer Survivor. I wanted to find an great charity to work with that wanted to find a cure and an early diagnostic test for this insidious disease. They are an amazing group to work with. Talented, efficient, cooperative, dedicated, and compassionate. They fund great research projects with the help of great doctors to determine the value of the research suggested. I highly recommend this charity.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Nine years ago I became aware of OCRF after my best freind's mother past away from ovarian cancer. I had considered her my second mom, as she and my mother were also best freinds. This May we lost my mother to overian cancer, so OCRF now has more meaning to me, my freind and our sisters. The research that they are doing is so very important. No one should have to go thur the pain and the lose of this. And then wonder if you are going to be next...

7

Donor

Rating: 5

My mother was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in march. After 5 months of chemo, she was given a clean bill of health thanks to God, friends, family, and the support of OCRF. In an endless sea of cancers in today's world, ovarian cancer is a silent killer and is unfortunately the least commonly known. OCRF is doing a wonderful thing by changing this fact through campaigning to push women to get routine examinations and always stay aware of their health. So here are a few things I have learned over the past year: Listen to some sappy songs that remind you of your loved one, let the tears flow like rain because they will, but after the tears have gone, listen to nothing but positive upbeat tunes. Sorrow should be written in the sand and blessings carved in stone! At first, wince at all the tubes and needles and pale skin, because it is definately scary, they will not look the same, but after that, learn to look at them straight on, because fear is only what we want it to be. The tubes are helping more than they look like they are harming. Be hesitant to touch your loved one at first sight, you will worry that you might hug them too hard or disturb them, but after that, give them the most meaningful kiss and hold their hand, no pain can surpass the pain they have felt being away from you. Last but not least, beat around the bush about the situation, pretending that its not happening, but after that, laugh about it with them and keep them in the best spirits, for to dwell on a bad situation is to believe that it wont get better, but it definately will. Life goes on no matter how far you fall, and with the support of friends and family, you get back up and walk on. With God on your side, everything is possible. Pray hard, love strong, and live beautifully.

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Donor

Rating: 5

My mother died of ovarian cancer in June 2007. The OCRF was our first choice of charity to ask mourners to donate to in her name. My family was frustrated at the relative lack of funding for ovarian cancer research, and were glad to find the OCRF. The OCRF has a solid foundation of corporate sponsors, and is excellent at communicating with their members on the latest advances against this disease.

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Donor

Rating: 5

My mother died from ovarian cancer and I greatly appreciate all the funding provided by OCRF to facilitate research towards the cure of this insidious disease.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Brilliant Donna Karan and Fabulous Kelly Ripa make Super Saturday a fund raising event that is outrageously successful on all levels -- it raises a ton of money, awareness, and it's all good on all levels for all ages. It's a truly astonishingly well conceived, brilliantly executed event for a cause that needs all the expertise, attention and money it can get.

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Donor

Rating: 5

The Ovarian Cancer Research Fund is rated tops among charitable organizations, because of the extremely low percentage of every dollar donated going toward administrative overhead. Also, OCRF keeps me informed, through weekly newsletters and invitations to special events, of progress in its funding efforts, in research for better treatments, and ultimately a cure. Based in an academic research community, I believe that OCRF is uniquely positioned to be the most progressive and successful research organization in the quest for a cure for ovarian cancer.