WELCOME TO MIOCA
Established in 2011, the Michigan Ovarian Cancer Alliance strives to save women's lives by promoting the early detection of ovarian cancer and improved treatment outcomes. MIOCA raises awareness of ovarian cancer, provides resources and support to survivors and their families, advocates both locally and federally, educates Michigan communities, and funds innovative ovarian cancer research.
MIOCA in the news
It's Teal Time!
As part of National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, MIOCA volunteers all over the state will once again tie teal ribbons. Many supporters have taken the lead in their own city or town. Please join us and help to tie teal ribbons. Click here to see if a coordinator near you needs help. Contact him or her to offer your assistance. Thank you!
MIOCA Advocate speaks out for Affordable Access to Treatment
Amy Harvey, 43, of West Bloomfield, was diagnosed with Stage 3C ovarian cancer in 2009. Since her diagnosis, she has been through six different chemotherapy regimens, including an oral chemotherapy regimen which cost $3,100 for a two-week supply. That cost may not have been passed onto her had Michigan ensured equal health insurance coverage for both IV and oral chemotherapies.
Amy is working with other MIOCA advocates to raise awareness of the need for fairness in coverage of chemotherapy. Michigan is one of only eight states without this type of legislation. Passed by the Senate in May, SB625 currently sits in the House Insurance Committee. MIOCA and many other cancer organizations are working to get this moved into law in Michigan.
Read more in the Detroit
Jewish News Article
, "Hard to Swallow."
Take the lead to Turn the Towns Teal® and receive a free t-shirt
Turn the Towns Teal® is a national campaign to bring awareness of ovarian cancer to communities throughout the country during the month of September. MIOCA will once again be purchasing and supplying at no cost the materials to volunteers who want to turn Michigan's towns and cities teal. In addition to tying teal ribbons in prominent locations, MIOCA volunteers will also hang posters which list the symptoms of ovarian cancer.
Our reach has grown every year! Our efforts paid off last year with over 30 cities and 32 private properties participating. We hope to continue to grow this awareness effort this year.
It's time to start planning. Because approval is required from your local governing officials, the process can take a bit of time. Please join us to spread teal throughout the state. Those individuals who coordinate the tying of ribbons in a city or town will receive a free teal ribbon awareness t-shirt!
If you would like to learn more about how to tie teal ribbons in your community, or even your neighborhood, please contact Marcia Gurche. Creativity is welcomed as not every city has a prime location for "tealing." However, there are other ways to raise awareness with the teal ribbons which MIOCA provides for this statewide effort.
Let's come together to turn all of Michigan teal during the month of September!