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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.

Results: As of June, 2017 the OCC has provided over $45,000 in financial assistance to women in treatment for ovarian cancer.

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 The Annual Karen Creque Golf Memorial Annual Survivor Luncheon Knock Out Ovarian Cancer Dinner Turn the Towns Teal Campaign Volleyball Tournament Glow Ride Annual Ellen Jackson Ovarian Cancer Walk For more information please visit our website or call 419-866-6622. Thank you!

Community Stories

30 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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.