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Ovarian Cancer Research Fund, Inc.

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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.

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Rating: 5

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.



Rating: 5

I searched for an organization that was geared towards getting the word out about ovarian cancer and at the same time funding research to cure this horrible disease. I came across OCRF and from their affiliations and fund raising events I imagined them to be a large cumbersome organization. When I called to inquire about having a fund raiser and funneling the funds to a particular person via their charity I was delighted to discover the charity is run by 5 people. So the overhead is small and the ability to donate more money is tantamount to their success in my book. I wish their events were on the weekends more often. My job is a demanding one and I can not attend all the week day events. But the fact that this charity has them and so many famous companies and people are coming on board shows me that this is a dynamic driven unit. I have spoken to a few of the staff members and they are all so kind and patient. I lost a beloved friend and family member to this disease and its so frustrating to know that its not a popular cancer. Breast cancer support seems to be all the rage. I want the same for ovarian and I believe OCRF is the organization that accomplish that. Because of Kelly Ripa and Electrolux I have sent out hundreds of cakes which then allowed the people I sent them to to start sending their own and becoming aware of this disease on a more personal level. Once someone gets involved in something, even something as small as sending a cake, it makes them feel good and stays in their minds. Now more people are aware of this disease. And that's the first step to finding a cure. That OCRF managed to get Oprah Winfrey to walk in their even on Mother's Day was a real boast. My only issue with that was it was Mother's Day, and this is a woman's disease, I think it should have been on Father's Day. I didn't attend because I wanted to see my friend who was also a mother for that day. She passed away a week later. The timing could have been better on the walk. But other than that, this is the charity I promote and support. I wish I could do more to help. I certainly let everyone know about them and forward all their email notifications to my address book. This is the one that is going to fund the research that finds the cure that ends this horrible disease..because they work every day and every way to that end.