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Ovarian Cancer Connection

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Nonprofit Overview

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

56 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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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!

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

Wonderful nonprofit helping local women who are currently getting treatment for ovarian cancer or other gynecologist cancers. This organization is ran by volunteers and is a great asset to our community.

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.