New Ovarian Cancer Support Groups
MIOCA funds professionally led groups in Ann Arbor & Grand Rapids
- Meetings began in January and will be held every 3rd Wednesday of the month at 6:00 – 7:30 pm, at the Cancer Support Community of Ann Arbor
- Starting in March, meetings will be held every 2nd Tuesday of the month at 6:00 – 7:30pm at Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids
Triathlete Raises Awareness
Ironman is a statement of passion and commitment. On September 7, 2014, Brian Young will race Ironman Wisconsin in memory of his mother, who died of ovarian cancer. This renowned event is a long-distance triathlon comprised of a 2.4 mile swim, a 112 mile bike ride, and ending with a 26.2 mile marathon run. Through his efforts, Brian is raising money for MIOCA. Read more about Brian's race
and please consider showing him your support!
Shake Your Teal Feather Fun Run/Walk
Put your sneakers on and join other survivors and supporters on Michigan's west side! Shake Your Teal Feather Fun Run/Walk will be held at John Ball Zoo Park on Sunday, Sept. 14 at 2:00 pm. More information will be coming soon!
Turn The Village Teal
We've added more to an already fun day on Saturday, Sept 20! Starting at Adams High School in Rochester Hills, survivors and supporters can participate in a 5K fun run/walk (10:30 am). The route ends at the Village of Rochester Hills where everyone can relax and enjoy the large teal and turquoise collectible car show and outdoor concert (11:00 – 2:00 pm). For more information, visit the Turn the Village Teal website
. Register here
for the 5K.
Hoo Haa Fun Walk
Finish out National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month by joining us at the Hoo Haa Fun Walk to be held on Sunday, Sept 28 from 10-3 at Roseville Jr. Sports Park in Roseville, MI. Presented by Bombshell Bridal Boutique in honor of Connie Knot Toigo who lost her battle with ovarian cancer in 2009. Funds raised will benefit MIOCA. Learn more about the Hoo Haa Fun Run here
Registration ($25 including a t-shirt) is available online
The Ride for Awareness
“What can one individual do to help make a difference?” MIOCA supporter, Matt McEwen intends to find out by taking to the road this spring and summer, in memory of his late wife, Wendy McEwen. Riding across the US to raise awareness of ovarian cancer and funds for MIOCA, he will enroll Motorcycle Owners Associations Chapters nationwide, to focus attention on the critical need for early detection and better treatments. Because he “can’t just sit on the sidelines while we lose more women like Wendy to this deadly disease”, follow Matt's ride throughout the country here.
SPEAKing About Early Detection
Hearing personal accounts from ovarian cancer survivors helps put a “face” to the disease. It also illustrates the real life subtleties of its symptoms and the challenges of early detection. Based on this premise, the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance’s nationwide educational program, Survivors Teaching Students: Saving Women’s Lives®
, brings survivors into healthcare classrooms to share their diagnostic and treatment experiences. Inspired by this highly successful experiential program, SPEAK: Survivors Promoting Early Awareness and Knowledge
seeks to raise ovarian cancer awareness among all women in a similar manner.
See our event calendar
for all the upcoming SPEAK presentations. To educate our community about life saving symptom awareness, please schedule one for your group or organization, contact SPEAK coordinator Michelle Shepherd
with Survivor Teaching Students: Saving Women's Lives
and SPEAK: Survivors Promoting Education and Knowledge
or join us at an event.
and make your voice heard.
We need your support to implement our mission and save women's lives.