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MIOCA IN THE NEWS

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Tie Michigan Teal - Volunteers needed!

Tie Michigan Teal - Volunteers needed!

July 12, 2017

MIOCA is excited to announce its new state-wide ribbon tying campaign this September during National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month.  The Tie Michigan Teal campaign is an important effort to make the public aware of the signs and symptoms of ovarian cancer. Tie Michigan Teal  Coordinator, Marcia Gurche, indicates, "Given that there is no early diagnostic test for ovarian cancer, it is imperative that women be made aware of the symptoms. Educating Michigan communities is an important part of MIOCA's mission."

MIOCA will be tying teal ribbons in downtown areas of cities and towns throughout Michigan.  MIOCA will provide all of the materials, however, coordinators are needed to oversee the effort in each city/town.  Each coordinator will receive a Tie Michigan Teal  t-shirt as a token of our appreciation.  If interested in tying teal ribbons in a work place or on personal property, MIOCA will send a few cut ribbons to do that. Since not every city is a prime location for “tealing,” creativity and imagination are key for getting awareness out by using the ribbons. 

Please contact Marcia Gurche at mgurche@wowway.com for more information about Tie Michigan Teal  or to request materials. 

Click here to see when people are gathering in your area!

MIOCA is in the process of hiring its first Executive Director

July 3, 2017

Stay tuned for an exciting announcement!

MIOCA is hiring their first Executive Director. This is an exciting opportunity for someone to bring their professional fundraising skills and ideas to a group of incredible volunteers and solid foundation. We are looking for a solid leader/manager who can bring out the best in their team and bring the organization to the next level. 

The Executive Director is responsible for the overall administration of the organization. The Executive Director has demonstrated proficiency in all aspects of administration and has maintained a high level of performance.  

MIOCA awards $100,000 to 2017 Research Grantees

March 28, 2017

It is with great excitement that MIOCA announces the 2017 Geri Fournier Ovarian Cancer Research Award Recipients.  Due to the increasing support of MIOCA, the Board of Directors has, once again, increased the funds dedicated to ovarian cancer research here in Michigan.   A  total of $100,000 will fund two Michigan researchers working to improve treatment outcomes. 

Geeta Mehta, Ph.D.
 Assistant Professor
 Department of Materials Science and Engineering
 Department of Biomedical Engineering
 University of Michigan
Sheer Stress causes Chemoresistance in Ovarian Cancer Cells 

Dr. Shitanshu Uppal, MBBS
Asst. Professor, Dept of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Div. of Gynecologic Oncology
Co-Director, Michigan Oncology Quality Collaborative
Institute of Health Care Policy and Innovation
University of Michigan
Improving Ovarian Cancer Outcomes through a Michigan-wide Collaborative  

MIOCA is pleased to offer Scholarship Opportunity to attend OCRFA Conference in Chicago

MIOCA is pleased to offer Scholarship Opportunity to attend OCRFA Conference in Chicago

March 12, 2017

MIOCA is pleased to offer six $500 scholarships to MI ovarian cancer survivors to attend the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund Alliance's (OCRFA) Annual Conference in Chicago, IL on July 7-9, 2017. Attendees will enjoy a dynamic weekend of information, discussion and connection. Marcia Gurche, survivor and MIOCA Board member states, "Attending the Ovarian Cancer National Conference is a worthwhile experience. I really enjoyed hearing the latest information related to ovarian cancer and meeting so many survivors from all over the country." 

Visit the OCRFA Conference site for information.  Each scholarship award will cover one registration, the cost of sharing a room with one other person,  and approximately $80 toward travel/food costs.  Those interested in receiving a scholarship must complete the scholarship application form and submit it by Friday, March 31.  Recipients will selected by random drawing.