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MIOCA is committed to providing support to ovarian cancer patients who reside in the state. We want you to know that many of us have traveled a similar journey and are here to help.

MIOCA volunteers have assembled Survivor Support Totes which contain gifts and helpful information for women in treatment - either newly diagnosed survivors or those experiencing a recurrence. We would like to give one to you.  To request a tote, please contact Michelle Shepherd (michelleshepherd@mioca.org) with this information: Name, Address, City/State/Zip, Primary Phone, Email, Date of Diagnosis, Age, and Stage (optional).


An ovarian cancer diagnosis is life changing and provides unique challenges. No one understands that as well as another ovarian cancer survivor or caregiver and often the journey can be helped by supportive conversations with those who have “been there”.  MIOCA’s Survivor to Survivor Support Network  connects an appropriate volunteer from our network of survivors and caregivers with anyone seeking informative or supportive contact, such as newly diagnosed patients or their family members, those experiencing a recurrence or a survivor or caregiver who just feels the need to speak with another person that's had some similar experiences.
To request a one to one contact, email us at info@mioca.org or call Marcia Gurche, (586) 323-0838 . Please indicate Survivor to Survivor  in the subject line and briefly describe the issues you’d like to discuss. Every effort will be made by our volunteer network to be there for you and respond in a timely manner.
Like most volunteer efforts, the Survivor to Survivor network is always interested in additional help. If you are a survivor or caregiver interested in offering a sympathetic ear and encouraging voice, please contact Marcia Gurche, (586) 323-0838.


Women dealing with ovarian cancer and its effects often have unique questions and concerns. Join others just like you in these professionally facilitated groups. These free monthly groups are aimed at giving women in treatment or in remission from ovarian cancer an opportunity to connect with others dealing with similar concerns. For more information, a contact is listed for each support group.

Ann Arbor

Teal Sisters Support Network  - An ovarian cancer diagnosis can be very isolating. Teal Sisters support each other through uplifting conversation and sharing of helpful information. Please consider joining us! MIOCA sponsors this group and provides the space for meetings which are held on the 3rd Wednesday of each month at Nonprofit Enterprise at Work "NEW" (1100 N Main St., Ann Arbor, MI 48104, South Conference Room on 2nd floor) from 6:00 - 7:30 pm. 

The conference room is booked from 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm with the following schedule:
     5:00 - 6:00 pm - Optional pot luck/social hour
     6:00 - 7:30 pm - Meeting
     7:30 - 8:00 pm - Cleanup and Goodbyes

Please contact Sandra Iaderosa, Social Worker, at iaderosa@med.umich.edu or (734) 764-2696 for more information.

Grand Rapids - We now have two meetings each month!

Grand Rapids Ovarian Cancer Survivors   Our evening meeting is on the second Wednesday of each month from 6:30 - 8:00 pm at Spectrum Health Lemmen-Holton Cancer Pavilion (145 Michigan St. NE, Grand Rapids) in the second floor gathering area. The evening gathering is facilitated by Kelsey Kloosterman, a Spectrum Health RN.  Kelsey can be reached at Kelsey.Kloosterman@spectrumhealth.org or at (616) 248-8691.

Our daytime gathering occurs (usually) the last week of each month.  We meet at a local restaurant for lunch and fellowship. The day, time, and location will vary to accommodate the greatest number of survivors and is announced on our Facebook page (see below) and entered on the MIOCA calendar at MIOCA.org then click on the Calendar of Events.  Carol La Mange facilitates the Facebook page.

We communicate through email and our Facebook page:  Grand Rapids Ovarian Cancer Survivors. (This is a closed Facebook group. You must request to join our page.) 

For more information, you can also contact Colleen Weibel (colweib@gmail.com).  

Royal Oak - One to One Ovarian Cancer Support Group (see below)

Traverse City

The mission of the support group is to provide a forum for ovarian cancer survivors to address their concerns and to offer and receive support, reassurance, and friendship in a safe and friendly environment. Meetings are held on the 3rd Thursday of each month at the Cowell Family Cancer Center (217 Family Cancer Center, Traverse City) from 4:00 - 5:30 pm.  For more information, contact Debra Frick, BSN, RN, Oncology Nurse, MIOCA Board Member & Ovarian Cancer Survivor (frick.debra@gmail.com) or Deborah Strand, Medical Social Worker.


The support group is a combination of women at different points in time since their initial diagnosis.  It is a wonderful channel that helps a new survivor establish contact with other women as early as possible after diagnosis in order to reduce anxiety, fear and isolation. Women have the opportunity to discuss concerns and possible misconceptions related to treatment.  The special camaraderie that is shared helps survivors (newly diagnosed, those with a recurrence, and long term survivors) realize they are not alone in their battle.

Monthly meetings are held at Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak Neuroscience Center  (2nd floor Allison Conference Center), the second Thursday of the month  (unless otherwise indicated). Through personal calls, monthly meetings and newsletters, One-to-One offers support to each member, whether newly diagnosed or those experiencing a recurrence. 

All women are welcome to the group regardless of where or by whom you are treated.

Registration is not required.  For more information, contact Marcia Gurche,  (586) 323-0838, mgurche@gmail.com or Marilyn Brozovic,  (248) 561-2027, brozovicm87@gmail.com 

2019 Schedule - Monthly meetings 4:00 - 5:30 p.m  and Special Events:

June 13 - Group Conversation

July 11 - Topic: Thinking Beyond Tomorrow - FMLA (Family Medical Leave Act), Elder Law, and other legalities
                ***NOTE*** - July meeting is at 6 pm in the Beaumont Royal Oak Auditorium

August 8 - Topic: Behavioral Approaches to Pain Management
                  Dr. Laura Krasean, Clinical Psychologist for Women's Urology & Pelvic Health Center              

Friday, August 30 - Sunday, September 1   - Me, Myself and I weekend
                        Registration form will be included with the July newsletter

September 12 - TBD

October 10 - Group Conversation

November 14 - Group Conversation