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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.

Community Stories

3 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters


Client Served

Rating: 5

This charity is near and dear to me after my fight with ovarian cancer. They have had numerous beneficial articles on their website and have been assisting me in organizing a walk a thon this September. I was 24 when I was diagnosed and it just about devastated me. Thanks to OCRF for being there to help guide me on my way.


Client Served

Rating: 5

Ovarian cancer unnecessarily takes so many women in the prime of their lives. If caught early, 95% cure rate. Ovarian Cancer Research Fund is working on early detection and treatments so women like me can survive a diagnosis or even prevent getting this disease.


Client Served

Rating: 5

My mom was recently diagnosed with ovarian cancer and my grandmother and great aunt both died from it. OCRF has helped me with preventative information, my mom with treatment options, treatment support, and clinical trial information. Not enough is know about ovarian cancer and many women are not aware of its symtoms. So much more research needs to be done to prevent and cure ovarian cancer in the early stages. Thank goodness for organizations like OCRF