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Ovarian Cancer Research Fund, Inc.
June 18, 2010

I became intrigued about OCRF when I saw an advertisement for their all-womens triathlon series. I was in chemotherapy at the time and the ad provided the incentive I needed to get through my chemo and get back into shape. A year later I competed in the entire series. However, during that year, I researched OCRF and learned about the mission and the work they are doing. I was incredibly impressed. So much effort, time and energy goes to finding a method of early detection. Equally amazing is how few people work for OCRF. This very small group of dedicated employees is responsible for some of the largest medical fundraising in the country. What OCRF is doing is saving lives, sometimes at a grass roots level, sometimes on a bigger scale. Sure the cure for cancer would be nice but this feels more immediate, more important and more closely obtainable. If ovarian cancer is detected early, it is 94% curable. OCRF is working towards that goal.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The ultimate result would be a method of early detection. We are not there yet. However, I have been to fundraisers and events sponsored by OCRF and I see the power of what they are doing. The energy is palpable. The contributors are dedicated.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would suggest a larger staff. But of course, that costs money. Everyone is doing the work of two people. I would also like to see the board members get involved with some of the smaller events. It would be nice to put a face with the names.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

how tirelessly everyone works. The entire staff is supportive of my efforts and it is small enough that everyone actually knows my name. My grass roots efforts are as celebrated as the bigger events. It makes me feel like I am really making a difference.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

warm, kind, friendly, exhausted from each doing the work of 2 people and ready to help me with any issue I have.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

accomplish the mission of finding a method of early detection for ovarian cancer. Then the organization could go out of business. That is my dream!

Ways to make it better...

I would like to meet some of the board members and some of the scientists. Since they live around the country it is hard. But I would like to have the opportunity to thank these folks and spend time with them.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

the economy and the misconception that if you can't make a big donation, it isn't worth it. $10 donations are equally wonderful but people don't understand that. Times are tough; donations are down.

One thing I'd also say is that...

This mighty machine that is called OCRF is a lifeline for ovarian cancer. A method of early detection WILL be found and it will be due to the fundraising and allocation from the efforts of OCRF.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

MY ROLE:
Volunteer & I am racing in 50 triathlons in all 50 states by the time I am 50 years old to educate women about the signs and symptoms of ovarian cancer and raise$100,000 for ovarian cancer reserach.