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Causes: Cancer, Health

Mission: The Ovarian Cancer Connections (OCC) mission is to raise awareness about ovarian cancer, educate the community on the early warning signs of this disease. Additionally, the OCC provides financial assistance to women in our community currently in treatment for ovarian cancer and transportation assistance to women in treatment for all gynecological cancers. As an all volunteer staff, we are very thankful for the support from our community and those outside of NW Ohio & SE Michigan. 100% of the money we raise stays local to support the many women currently in treatment. "As I watched my Mother battle ovarian cancer with unwavering strength and faith - in the same fashion as her own mother battled ovarian cancer - I knew I needed to be a part of the movement that educates ladies on the early warning signs of the disease so others didn"t have to face the same struggle as Mom and Grams. Being a part of the Ovarian Cancer Connection has turned deep, heartfelt grief into a deep heartfelt passion. The financial assistance we offer ladies is something we take great pride in, because every person associated with the OCC is a volunteer - nobody is paid a salary." Kathy M.

Results: As of September 1, 2018 the OCC has provided over $85,000 in financial assistance to women in treatment for ovarian cancer and gynecologic cancers

Target demographics: Women fighting ovarian and gynecologic cancers

Direct beneficiaries per year: Women in treatment have a difficult time getting to their medical appointments as well as their chemo and radiation treatments. We help by providing a gas card the week before her treatments until she has completed her treatment schedule. Recently, one of our gals will begin a 26 week course of treatments and the OCC will mail a $25 gas card the week prior to her next treatment for the next 26 weeks or longer if needed.

Geographic areas served: NW Ohio and SE Michigan

Programs: The OCC is funded through generous donations and the following annual events: Please join us! Survivors Teaching Students Saving Women's Lives Annual Survivors Luncheon April 28, 2019 The Annual Karen Creque Golf Memorial June 23, 2019 Annie's Angels Volleyball Tournament Mary Lou Davis Glow Roll Teal to Toe 5k September 7th, 2019 Fremont, Ohio Annual Ellen Jackson Ovarian Cancer Walk September 21, 2019 For more information or to donate, please visit our website or call 419-866-6622. Thank you!

Community Stories

78 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Ovarian Cancer Connection is run by the most caring individuals around. I was shocked to find out that not one of the members of this organization draws a salary. All of the money they raise goes back to the women in the community that are battling this terrible illness. You don't find that with other non-profits. Genuine, caring people that dedicate their lives and time to helping support local women.

Charley L.

Board Member

Rating: 5

The OCC conducts their nonprofit organization with the upmost integrity and honor. They provide a service that is invaluable to the women who find themselves facing the devastating circumstances of gynecological cancer. I have the opportunity to work closely with this organization in a volunteer capacity. I am constantly amazed on how dedicated and effective this organization is in spreading awareness and educating our community about ovarian and other gynecological cancers.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I work with an amazing group of people that work tirelessly to help women in our area battling ovarian and other gynecological cancers. I am constantly amazed by the dedication of this all-volunteer board.

KathyMannon

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have watched this team of volunteer board members raise money in the hardest of times to support ladies battling gynecological cancers. They are passionate, determined, and have the kindest and most caring hearts. They walk the talk indeed.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

As a board member, I proudly serve along side the others to educate our community on the signs and symptoms of OC as well as raise funds for our ladies battling gynecological cancers. It is rare that an organization as impactful as ours has no paid staff. The work is a true labor of love that helps ladies when they need it most. I am so proud to be a part of this group and the work our team does. From the bottom of our hearts, our survivors and their families matter so much to us. Kathy Mannon, President

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Ovarian Cancer Connection is a wonderful organization that helps those of us dealing with the awful disease. They offer and share opportunities with us to help us to live our best lives. Whether it’s meetings, seminars or social settings they make us the priority. The volunteers know how debilitating and lonely this disease is and with Covid it is even more isolating. I know with confidence that if I need help or have a question, that I can find compassion and understanding. I appreciate the OCC and all the wonderful work they do for those of us dealing with cancer.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I connected with Gini at OCC after a cancer surgery. I had shared with her that I had been let go by my employer. She was so supportive! I felt as if I add someone "on my side". I am traveling for treatment & OCC is helping so much with gas cards. With both my husband & myself off work, for an extended time, it has lifted some of the burden off our shoulders. Thank you SO MUCH GINI AND OCC! YOU ARE SO APPRECIATED!!!!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Gini is such an inspiring and hard working woman! Her work and dedication to the OCC, the women battling ovarian cancer and the survivors is so genuine. She puts so much heart behind the organization. It helps so many women all over the city get through daily life while fighting for their lives. Truly one of the NW Ohios gem non profit organizations

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The OCC is a great non profit in our area, and they have worked very hard every year to raise awareness and funds to help local women during a very difficult time in their lives. I enjoy my time volunteering at the annual walk and every year there are more people than the previous year.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered at the OCC walk every year except for one. It is an honor to give my time to this organization that truly cares for women battling gynecological cancers. All of their money stays local and they do whatever they can to lessen financial burdens for women in treatment.

Jim M.11

Client Served

Rating: 5

When my wife was diagnosed with ovarian cancer they were willing to help us anyway they could without a bunch of hassle.

Barbara Knueven H.

Client Served

Rating: 5

A wonderful organization providing support to those going Through treatment for ovarian and other gynecological cancers. They also educate medical students and the public about this silent disease.
Ginnie, the leader, is quite caring and full of information. OCC has a wonderful team to provide support and hosts events to raise funds to support ovarian ca patients.

The ovarian cancer connection is a much needed resource in our city. Not only do they raise awareness about the symptoms of ovarian cancer, but they also teach medical students to recognize this Silent disease. In addition to raising awareness, ovarian cancer connection helps women going through treatment, by Assisting them w transportation needs, and other services. Such a dedicated hard-working group of women!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The ovarian cancer connection is a much needed resource in our city. Not only do they raise awareness about the symptoms of ovarian cancer, but they also teach medical students to recognize this Silent disease. In addition to raising awareness, ovarian cancer connection helps women going through treatment, by Assisting them w transportation needs, and other services. Such a dedicated hard-working group of women!

Barbara M.10

Client Served

Rating: 5

In a very difficult time in my life they have been here to help ease the way. I wasn't expecting the help and information they have provided and it feels so personal and caring to me.

Nicole Mayhugh S.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I enjoy every year for the walk. I love seeing the costumes and the people that show the love.

SherriD

Board Member

Rating: 5

The Ovarian Cancer Connection is a great organization. The volunteers are amazing and very helpful. They are raising awareness about ovarian cancer and other gynecological cancers. Turning the towns teal is an example of an opportunity for volunteers to spread ovarian cancer awareness.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

The Ovarian Cancer Connection is a great organization. They educate the community about Ovarian Cancer and other gynocological cancers. They help ladies who are currently getting treatment with gas cards and help out with some of their other financial needs. They have great events throughout the year that are very organized and a lot of fun.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The help comes just when needed. Several areas of the ovarian cancer connection, is there for many different needs and a multipurpose source in one. If they don't know then they will get back with you on an answer. Thank you Ovarian cancer connection.

Timothy M. H.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I am very proud to be a board member of this fantastic non-profit organization that benefits so many women of NW Ohio and SE Michigan with gynecological cancers. My wife and I were voted in as board members in early 2019 and it's been a very busy fund-raising year so far. We love that 100% of the income goes to this non-profit and all of the volunteers and board members are not paid a cent for their tremendous efforts.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have recently joined as a member of this all volunteer board. I am amazed at the hard work and dedication put into supporting the community from not only the board but the vast number of volunteers who help endlessly year after year. It is an amazing grass roots organization that has helped so many and continues to grow in its support.

Board Member

Rating: 5

The Ovarian Cancer Connection (OCC) is a grassroots nonprofit organization servicing women diagnosed with ovarian an other gynecologic cancers. All proceeds raised will stay local to support education and awareness programs, and provide financial assistance to women in our community fighting gynecologic cancers. Visit ovarianconnection.org to learn more about the OCC.

Chris Berndt M.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am so proud of this organization. I have a volunteer at many of their events and have watched them grow throughout the years. I've also heard that if anybody needs to get to a doctor's appointment and they cannot get there by their selves that a board member is more than happy to make sure that they get to their appointment

Kristine M.2

Client Served

Rating: 5

The ovarian Cancer Connection is terrific! The support that they offer to those fighting or who have fought and their families is beyond standard. They go above and beyond what you would expect a non profit to do. Providing help financially , with the help of donations, to patients and families or pointing them in the direction of people who may be able to help and aide them. This organization becomes your family. They will do anything they can to help you.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My cousin has had at least 2 occurances of this horrible disease. She has always been treated with the utmost polteness and care. We have all walked the walk.

SATT

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have only been volunteering for the OCC for the past couple years. Once I found out what an awesome connection this group is for women fighting this horrible disease, I was emotionally taken in. Not only do they help women who have been diagnosed with Ovarian Cancer but any type of Gynecologic Cancer. It amazes me that all funds raised go directly to help and support the women who have been diagnosed. What an awesome awesome group. Thank you OCC for all you do to help women out.

Board Member

Rating: 5

My experience with OCC has been very rewarding. We provide education, awareness and outreach regarding Ovarian Cancer. I am a survivor, and now a board member and trying to do my part for this organization that serves NW Ohio and SE Michigan.
We are working hard to get the word out to providers, hospitals and outreach centers. We have a financial assistance program that was started about 4 years ago that has been highly utilized for items like gas cards to assist women get to treatment centers. We also help with utilities, medication, food, or other related items,
Our executive director, who was one of the founders has been very passionate about our cause and has provided great leadership. Our board members are also very passionate due to their own experiences with ovarian cancers\, either as survivors, or family members of women who have been affected by ovarian cancer. Our executive director, president and board members volunteer their time to complete the mission of the OCC. They are not paid for their work.
Most recently, we've opened our second location in Fremont, Ohio. It was started by survivors in the local area.
The Charity Navigator program has awarded us a 5 star rating two years in a row as a nonprofit organization. We provide advocacy in Washington DC to obtain funding to continue on with our mission. OCC has many events during the year for fundraising, such as our annual walk, golf tournament, volleyball tournament, and glow bicycle ride. We also have an annual survivor luncheon to get survivors and friends together for an afternoon of food, fun, and relaxation. To provide awareness we "turn the town teal" by placing teal ribbons throughout local communities during the month of September.
I am proud to be a member of this organization- the Ovarian Cancer Connection.
Joan M Drzewiecki

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This non-profit has helped so many in our community - most that would have had no where else to turn to. Ovarian Cancer is the silent killer & to have this organization to help is a blessing!!

Dianne P.2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Kudos to the Ovarian Cancer Connection for raising awareness and funds for this sneaky disease!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Every year for the last 10 years I've helped with the walk. I'm amazed every year the number that turn out. I've seen it grow immensely over that time. That may be a sign of a growing problem or maybe it's heightened awareness. Either way its always amazes me the love and care this group of friends and families have fore one another. I know the many things that OCC does for these people. They perform almost miracles for those that need that help. I wish them continued success in their endeavors, Maybe someday with research and cures, the OCC may someday not be needed. Until then the great work of the OCC will provide that much needed help. Kevin

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The OCC has brought so much information about ovarian and cervical cancer to our city. Their dedication to the women suffering from this horrible disease is nothing short of amazing. It is truly a humbling experience to volunteer with them.

Karen B.5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering with the OCC for many years; mostly with the walk. It is amazing to see the support provided to the survivors and family members. They need that support so much. And support they get ... and not just emotional but also financial. The Board members are such a blessing, they work so diligently and no one takes a salary. A wonderful organization.

Amy Creque S.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I became involved with the OCC after my mom battled this horrible disease. After my mom was diagnosed with ovarian cancer, she raised awareness about the disease. She wanted every person to be aware of the signs and symptoms and how to listen to and know your body. OCC allows me to continue to raise awareness and suppprt women and their families with ovarian and other gyn cancers on behalf of my mom's memory.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I started with this wonderful organization as a volunteer for the annual walk. I discovered how passionate this organization is about providing monetary support for women with gynecological cancers. As a survivor of ovarian cancer, I know how important that support is. I am now a member of the board and I have seen first hand the dedication of all of its members. This group has been an important resource for many women and their caregivers

Board Member

Rating: 5

What a great nonprofit! While some organizations split their profits between salaries, research, and other outlets, the Ovarian Cancer Connection donates all profits to women in NW Ohio who are receiving treatment for Ovarian, Cervical and Gynecological Cancer. With gas cards to get them them to appointments and treatments, or even assistance with bills and phones, the monies that come go directly back into the community we love.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I not only have had the privilege of serving on the Advisory Board of this amazing Nonprofit organization but have also been the recipient as a Fifteen year survivor of Ovarian Cancer. This group services Northwest Ohio and Southeastern Michigan with such a passion as they promote their mission of educating and raising awareness to the symptoms of Ovarian Cancer to the community. With monies raised through various fundraisers throughout the year, they are able to help so many women who are fighting Gynecological Cancers with their Financial Assistance Program that they have in place. I am so very thankful and feel so very blessed that I am connected with this awesome group!

Board Member

Rating: 5

I am so proud to be a board member for the OCC. I became involved because a couple of people close to me were diagnosed with ovarian cancer. Our board is made of up a variety of individuals, survivors, daughter of mothers who have lost their battles, and those who are just deeply passionate about the cause. Our board members are non-paid, active working board members dedicated to raise awareness of ovarian cancer, the early warning signs, and to also support those with the disease. Our financial assistance program has help many ladies with prescriptions, utility bills, and gas cards to get them to and from treatment. It is so rewarding to be able to help these ladies as they are going through probably the most difficult thing in their life. The Ovarian Cancer Connection is truly a great organization with a great mission.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Amazing group!!! They do so much for the woman! The most important thing is the money raised goes directly to help these woman with their care and living expenses. They go out of their way to give them rides and most of all the emotional support is exceptional!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

❤️As a volunteer photographer for the Ovarian Cancer Connection events, I have been overwhelmingly amazed and blessed to watch the depth of love, action, passion, and commitment given to each and every woman who is struggling with ovarian cancer and who is a survivor of ovarian cancer by this organization. They are very well known in our community. Physicians and nurses know to reach out to the Ovarian Cancer Connection for their patients. There is not one staff member who receives one penny for the incredible and compassionate work that they do. This is a nonprofit organization that truly reflects the very character of Jesus Christ himself. They give everything and expect nothing in return ❤️

1 Deb G.2

Donor

Rating: 5

OCC is such a wonderful organization! When in town, I love doing the “walks” in memory of a dear friend and mother who passed way too soon, but left such a beautiful legacy! I always share OCC’s information posts. It’s so important!thank you for all you do for those affected and their families!

1 Meghan E.

Donor

Rating: 5

This organization is doing amazing things for women who are battling this horrid cancer. I have been going to the walks every year for the past 6 or so years is support of all the wonderful things they are doing to not only support the patients, but the families. Thank you for all the AMZAING work you do everyday!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Ovarian Cancer Connection is an awesome program. They have helped me through some tough times during my ongoing battle with ovarian cancer for almost 3 years. The staff is all volunteers. All monies that are donated 100% stays in NW Ohio, SE Michigan.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The OCC is on the leading edge of research for a cure. Their leaders, including their President, do not take a salary from donations like most organizations. The OCC, like Ovarian Cancer, is a ‘silent’ voice in the noise of more visible organizations and fund raising efforts across the country... yet impacts young and old alike! Join us in the FIGHT to end this silent killer and come out to support the first annual Mary Lou Davis Memorial Glow Roll on August 4, 2018!

Board Member

Rating: 5

Profits raised help local women. You can actually see your money at work.

ShannonChappell

Board Member

Rating: 5

An amazing organization doing great things for our community! Our volunteers are passionate & dedicated. We are making a difference in Toledo, Ohio!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Excellent work throughout the Toledo community. Keep up the good work OCC!

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

When I was at my weakest, Ovarian Cancer Connection was there for me, just like they are for so many women in northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan with the same struggles. I have seen so many women helped by this organization in the most important ways possible. They offer financial support when it is most needed. They offer emotional support, awareness and so much more. I have never seen an organization that was more generous and sincere in their efforts! The fact that each staff member is a volunteer is unheard of in our society! 100% of the profits go to assisting those who need it most!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Ovarian Cancer Connection is a local organization made up completely of unpaid volunteers! Executive Director and all Board Members are just people with big hearts wanting to make life easier on ladies battling gynecologic cancers throughout NW Ohio and SE Michigan.

Donor

Rating: 5

Awesome organization with volunteers that are passionate about the cause. Their fund-raising events are fun, inspirational and promote education/learning about the impact that ovarian cancer has on the lives of many women.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have watched over the past 9 years OCC grow and provide assistance to so many women. When I was diagnosed with ovarian cancer at the age of 35 I did not know where to turn or what to do. The emotional support I received and still receive from this organization keeps me going. We fight to raise awareness and find a cure

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This organization is AMAZING. We lost both my Mother and my Sister to Ovarian Cancer so our family has played an active part in the annual walks as well as fund raisers for years. This organization is the most GIVING organization I have ever been connected with and I am proud to be a volunteer every year. From giving gas cards to those who don't have $$ for gas to get to appointments, to helping with utility bills for those who must make the difficult decision to pay for utilities or buy their prescription meds. We volunteer and stay connected because Ovarian Cancer in hopes of someday finding a cure for this ugly disease so our women old and young never have to deal with it. The OCC is an intricate organization of people who truly CARE about others and their quality of life while dealing with this horrible disease and most definitely deserve this FIVE STAR rating.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As I watch this organization work tirelessly to raise funds to provide financial support to ladies battling not only ovarian, but all types of gynological cancers with incredible passion and determination, I am humbled to be a small contributor to the huge impact being made in NW Ohio and SE Michigan. From paying utility bills, medical co-pays, helping navigate resources available -- it is all done by volunteers (NOT 1 PAID STAFF MEMBER) with cheerful and giving hearts. What a great organization!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

What a great group of people! I have attended the OCC monthly meetings for several months now and what a support it has been to my recovery. What great joy to hear all the remarkable stories from survivors and what an eye-opening to hear from others who are still struggling. Makes me so thankful that I have been lucky with no returns of cancer. The information that is shared between us is so helpful....ranging from remedies to help with neuropathy to what is available to us such as clinical trials. Hearing about the newest news of the research that is being done and the education out there about Ovarian Cancer is so encouraging to our spirit and our inner strength. Friendships have been made and isn't that what life is all about.....supporting each other and celebrating with each other!

Donor

Rating: 5

We first became aware of the Ovarian Cancer Connection when our daughter was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. The information and support for her and the family was invaluable. They give so much help in the small ways that are sometimes forgotten like transportation to Doctors appointments, help with bills if they need some financial aid and even someone to listen when you need a friendly ear. There is much more that they do, but I think these small personal things do so much to lift the spirits of the people fighting this disease.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The OCC has helped my daughter with many expenses, especially with prescriptions and gas. She got ovarian cancer at the age of 15. Thank god today she is 25. They are a wonderful,selfless organization that so deserves this award!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

They are al2ays 2illingbto help a gynecological cancer patient even withbthehe tiniest of things such as a ride to the grocery store! They are mord than willing to step in and help AND all donations gonto help patients not thecsalary of yhe dirdctor who i undrrstand did not take a salqry for over a year!!!!!!!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

100% of the money raised stays local! The OCC is an ALL VOLUNTEER STAFF!

Client Served

Rating: 5

My friend Wally Kelly battled many years with OC. She lost her battle this past year. I still miss her so. I have pledged to help this wonderful organization. I'd like to have a group of walkers in a "WALK FOR WALLY"

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was SO devastated by the news of my cancer. I have always been health conscious and no one in my family had had cancer. The Ovarian Connection leader, Gini, let me sob my way through my story,never once making me feel like I was a negative person. It was my first chance to share deeply about everything. It changed the life I thought I was LOSING, into the knowledgeable FIGHTER I am today. The cancer has returned two more times in the last two years, she taught me to speak up and take part in my cancer treatment. We found a clinical trial through the U of Michigan that I start next week. I pray it leads to helping younger women in the future. I know OCC will be there. Joanne Arndt

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Ovarian Cancer Connection is a loving grass roots group of people who are compassionate on educating women of all ages to be aware of the symptoms to watch for. Early detection is critical and when found early can be treated. The love and support given to those fighting the battle is simply amazing. FIGHTING CANCER is just not about PINK. It's also
about GETTING REAL ABOUT TEAL!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Their commitment to women with ovarian cancer is outstanding.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Thank you for all of the services you provided to our daughter during her struggle with ovarian cancer.

Laurence S.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Great organization! I volunteered last year at the Ovarian Cancer Race/Walk - it was a humbling experience. I'll be there again this year.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I can not say enough great things about this organization! They have been a godsend to my family and I during this journey that I continue to fight. Very caring, compassionate, and supportive people!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been to your walk for the last 4 years. What great work you do for the community. I wish you the best of luck getting the word out there of all the things you do for women with ovarian cancer.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My family could never thank Ovarian Cancer Connection enough for all of their love and support during my moms battle with ovarian cancer. Everyone there is so caring and supportive and truly want to help everyone they can.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Ovarian Cancer Connection is one of the most generous non-profits that I know of. During my ovarian Cancer treatments they gave me a gas card in efforts to offset some of the cost of getting to and from chemo. Then this year for Christmas I received a gift card for Kroger to help with the purchase of groceries during the holidays. Then they turn our town Teal every year in support of ovarian cancer. This is an awesome group of women that are doing awesome things to help people in need!

Client Served

Rating: 5

This organization goes above and beyond for us urvivors! I truly appreciate all the support, and efforts they go to for us.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is by far the BEST volunteer experience I've ever had -- and it's all because of the people at the top. Try it -- you'll like it!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is an extraordinary group with a clear goal of providing support to those battling ovarian cancer, as well as promoting prevention awareness. They are making a lot of noise to bring attention to this silent killer.