After my mother died of a rare and deadly form of ovarian cancer in September 2010, I searched the Internet for charities that support ovarian cancer research. That's how I learned about OCRF. I work at a small nonprofit in Florida that has earned Charity Navigator's four-star rating for the past seven years. The OCRF also has the CN four-star rating, so I know that most of the funds donated to the OCRF go toward programs and research. Right after my mother's death, I was able to speak briefly with the CEO (who attended the University of South Florida) and the chief research officer, about my mom and the work that the OCRF was doing. I feel my donations matter.
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My wife passed away from Ovarian Cancer in 2002. It amazed me to find out that there were no funds that would help speed up research in this area. Ovarian Cancer is treatable if diagnosed early but most times this illness is not diagnosed on time. I was relief when after years of looking for a fund I found OCRF. They are carrying the torch for all of us.
I first learned about OCRF through my sister, who is now a member of the executive committee of its junior board. Our mother passed away from ovarian cancer in March 2007 and we both learned through the experience how little was known about the disease since she was misdiagnosed several times. I am now dedicated to OCRF's cause and think that it's great that there is an organization focused specifically on raising awareness of the disease. I give annually and also participated in OCRF's first annual TEAL Walk last year.
I am an Ovarian Cancer Survivor. I wanted to find an great charity to work with that wanted to find a cure and an early diagnostic test for this insidious disease. They are an amazing group to work with. Talented, efficient, cooperative, dedicated, and compassionate. They fund great research projects with the help of great doctors to determine the value of the research suggested. I highly recommend this charity.
Nine years ago I became aware of OCRF after my best freind's mother past away from ovarian cancer. I had considered her my second mom, as she and my mother were also best freinds. This May we lost my mother to overian cancer, so OCRF now has more meaning to me, my freind and our sisters. The research that they are doing is so very important. No one should have to go thur the pain and the lose of this. And then wonder if you are going to be next...
My mother was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in march. After 5 months of chemo, she was given a clean bill of health thanks to God, friends, family, and the support of OCRF. In an endless sea of cancers in today's world, ovarian cancer is a silent killer and is unfortunately the least commonly known. OCRF is doing a wonderful thing by changing this fact through campaigning to push women to get routine examinations and always stay aware of their health. So here are a few things I have learned over the past year: Listen to some sappy songs that remind you of your loved one, let the tears flow like rain because they will, but after the tears have gone, listen to nothing but positive upbeat tunes. Sorrow should be written in the sand and blessings carved in stone! At first, wince at all the tubes and needles and pale skin, because it is definately scary, they will not look the same, but after that, learn to look at them straight on, because fear is only what we want it to be. The tubes are helping more than they look like they are harming. Be hesitant to touch your loved one at first sight, you will worry that you might hug them too hard or disturb them, but after that, give them the most meaningful kiss and hold their hand, no pain can surpass the pain they have felt being away from you. Last but not least, beat around the bush about the situation, pretending that its not happening, but after that, laugh about it with them and keep them in the best spirits, for to dwell on a bad situation is to believe that it wont get better, but it definately will. Life goes on no matter how far you fall, and with the support of friends and family, you get back up and walk on. With God on your side, everything is possible. Pray hard, love strong, and live beautifully.
My mother died of ovarian cancer in June 2007. The OCRF was our first choice of charity to ask mourners to donate to in her name. My family was frustrated at the relative lack of funding for ovarian cancer research, and were glad to find the OCRF. The OCRF has a solid foundation of corporate sponsors, and is excellent at communicating with their members on the latest advances against this disease.
My mother died from ovarian cancer and I greatly appreciate all the funding provided by OCRF to facilitate research towards the cure of this insidious disease.
Brilliant Donna Karan and Fabulous Kelly Ripa make Super Saturday a fund raising event that is outrageously successful on all levels -- it raises a ton of money, awareness, and it's all good on all levels for all ages. It's a truly astonishingly well conceived, brilliantly executed event for a cause that needs all the expertise, attention and money it can get.
The Ovarian Cancer Research Fund is rated tops among charitable organizations, because of the extremely low percentage of every dollar donated going toward administrative overhead. Also, OCRF keeps me informed, through weekly newsletters and invitations to special events, of progress in its funding efforts, in research for better treatments, and ultimately a cure. Based in an academic research community, I believe that OCRF is uniquely positioned to be the most progressive and successful research organization in the quest for a cure for ovarian cancer.
In 2004 I was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. I was 51 at the time, in very good health and had no family history. This diagnosis floored me. But there was no time to ponder it. I had major surgery two days later. The past six and half years have been spent living with an increasingly chronic condition - as opposed to a formerly consistently terminal one. Chronic to terminal is a big improvement. But it is not enough. I want to see the eradication this disease. But if that is a bit unrealistic then I believe it is essential that a greater understanding of the roots of this disease be found. Understanding the roots will help develop a desperately needed reliable screening test as well as contribute to more effective and targeted treatments. I am a enthusiastic supporter of OCRF because I believe that it is clearly dedicated to research that will lead to these two broad goals. During my six and half year journey I have encountered several new treatment protocols that I am confident would not have been available were it not for the knowledge gained from various OCRF granted studies. Thank you OCRF for giving me hope that at every turn there will be an answer that will keep me going.
Since its modest beginning in 1994, OCRF has grown into the largest private source of research money for scientists working on ovarian cancer identification and early detection. The foundation also educates families and medical professionals about the symptoms and risk factors of the disease. Compassionate support is also provided to survivors and the families of victims.