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J.U.G.S. Rock A Cure

J.U.G.S. Rock A Cure

October 19, 2013

A full day of great rock ‘n roll was enjoyed at J.U.G.S. Rock a Cure at Pub 1281 in Mt. Clemens.  Fourteen bands donated their talent to create a memorable day.  MIOCA is so grateful to the J.U.G.S. (Just Us Girls Struttin') Team:  Deanna Cosens, Cathy Besemer (Jam Cat Productions), Amanda Cracchiolo, Kristin Shawen, and Dawn Worde for their hard work in organizing the event.  We also want to thank Pub 1281 owners, James Klapp and Carol Mears. WRIF DJ Scott Randall did an incredible job as emcee.  Thank you Screamin' Scott!

MIOCA also wants to acknowledge donors for the event: Apovini Grill, Samantha Baker, BP - Harper Woods (Ammar Kattoula) & Warren (Ali Dakroub), Breakaway Deli, Citgo – Roseville (Michael Dorra), Deanna Cosens, Amanda Cracchiolo, Jennifer Curlett, Detroit Pistons, Detroit Red Wings, Dunkin Donuts (Reem Mio), DR2 (Monti Kuntz), 8 degrees Plato Beer Company (Tim Costello), ePrize, Marcia Gurche, Golden Hawk Golf Club, La Marsa Mediterranean Cuisine, Barb Livingston, Lucky Monkey, Tattoo Parlour (Dana Forrester), Jam Cat Productions (Cathy Besemer), Malvagio Clothing, (Nakita Merrell), Tami Miller, MJC Properties (Michael Cosens), Mobil/Exxon – Hazel Park (Jamal Sahouriyeh), Neiman Marcus (Kathryn West), Paul Mitchell School of Beauty (Tina Black), Pub 1281 (James Klapp and Carol Mears), Michelle Shepherd, Speedway – Sterling Heights (Ashley Klein), Sunny Shafer, Shell – Warren (Laba Soyed), Bob Tyrrell, Wolverine Harley Davidson, Dawn Worde. 

See photos here.

Turn the Village Teal

Turn the Village Teal

September 21, 2013

We wish to thank Crittenton Hospital for sponsoring our event and providing MIOCA with its first billboards! Dr. Gelman and Karen Pfeffer RN also added their expertise to the event. We also appreciate C & G Newspapers' help with local newspaper advertising and Channel 7 ABC WXYZ Action News for the invitation to talk about our event with JoAnne Purtan and Glenda Lewis. The support from the Village of Rochester Hills and its merchants and restaurants provided many teal shopping, dining discounts and treats to those who attended. 

All our Turn the Village Teal Sponsors and Partners :

Crittenton Hospital, C & G Newspapers, Turn The Towns Teal ®, General Motors Heritage Center, Jennifer Kincer and Friends, ePrize, Detroit Red Wings,Village of Rochester Hills, Ann Taylor, Bravo! Cucina Italiana, Carson's, Cartigina Jewelry, Chicos, Coldwater Creek, Creative Nails Too, Douglas J. Aveda Salon, Eddie Bauer, Francesca's Collections, Haig Shoes, Kruse & Muer Restaurants, Massage Envy, Max & Erma's Restaurant, Mezza Mediterranean Grille, Mitchell's Fish Market, Moosejaw, Noodles & Company, Pottery Barn, SEE Eyewear, Village Fine Art Gallery, White House/Black Market, Whole Foods Market, Williams Sonoma, Yankee Candle, Yummie Yogurt

the best of times

Lori Haber Buckfire Foundation

September 21, 2013

a celebration of life and compilation of art, blogs and other cool stuff of artist Lori Haber Buckfire. The Planet Lori Foundation supports BRCA & ovarian cancer research, education and advocacy. Watch the video and mention MIOCA when you purchase a book or artwork for the proceeds to benefit MIOCA. News about MIOCA's new Planet Lori Fund will be coming soon.

Bombshell Bridal Boutique’s MIOCA Open House

Bridal Bombshell Botique, 30120 Harper Ave., St. Clair Shores, MI 48082

September 20, 2013

With beautiful dresses, great food, live music and wonderful company, the MIOCA Open House increased awareness in a delightful way. Our great appreciation goes to Julia Shultes, Moriah Sultes and Bombshell Bridal Boutique for hosting the fabulous event, with special gratitude for a portion of the boutique's September sales being donated to MIOCA!

Shake Your Teal Feathers Walk

shake your teal feathers logo

September 14, 2013

A terrific turnout brought awesome awareness to Grand Rapids at the first ever MIOCA ovarian cancer awareness walk at John Ball Park Zoo. Thank you to all our outstanding volunteers and hundreds of walkers! Plus special thanks to our sponsors and partner providers: Mercy Health Lacks Cancer Center and Spectrum Health, D &W Bottle Drive, de Boer Bakkerj & Restaurant, Michigan Pain Consultants, and Spartan Stores.



September 6, 2013

Prepare for the epic gridiron battle under the lights at the Big House against Notre Dame, while supporting MIOCA, at SPORTS TALK 1050 WTKA's ultra competitive annual tailgating event, Grill Wars. 

MIOCA supporters can win signed, collectible football memorabilia or tickets to the Bud Light Victors Lounge on game day.

September is National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

Turn The Towns Teal with Mariel in 2011

September 1, 2013

and we Turned The Towns Teal®  again!

This month long nationwide awareness campaign featured educational activities, informational literature and teal ribbons tied throughout more than 30 towns statewide to focus attention on the critical need for early detection and better treatment outcomes. Extensive media coverage - TV, radio, billboards, and print - plus educational events throughout the month promoted our mission is such towns as, Ann Arbor, Birmingham, Elk Rapids, Farmington, Grand Rapids, Lansing, Northville, Royal Oak, Sturgis and more. Thanks to everyone for participating!

OCNA Annual Conference

OCNA Annual Conference

July 12, 2013

The 16th  Annual Conference featured presentations from the nation’s leading researchers and clinicians on the latest ovarian cancer research, survivorship issues and the importance of advocacy. For those that couldn’t attend, many of the conference presentation materials are available online as well as photos. But we hope you’ll plan to join us next year in DC for the 17th  Annual Conference!

Concert for a Cure

Concert for a Cure

June 23, 2013

British indie rock band, Scars on 45, appeared at a benefit concert supporting MIOCA, in memory of Ann Arbor’s young music lover, Mariel Almendras. Mariel lost her life to a rare form of ovarian cancer on Thanksgiving Day in 2011 at the age of 8, but not before she formed a special bond with the band and voiced ambitious dreams of advancing ovarian cancer awareness and research. This highly successful, sold out concert helped further those goals, while audience members of all ages danced the evening away.

MIOCA thanks our generous sponsors for making this event possible: Eberbach Corp, United Bank & Trust, Verizon Wireless Zone, Echo Valley, Bank of Ann Arbor and Ann Arbor’s 107.one. Special thanks also to LIVE in Ann Arbor for hosting the event, John Bommarito for serving as emcee, photographer Craig Górkiewicz and numerous auction donors.

Ovarian Cancer Survivor’s Course

Ovarian Cancer Survivor’s Course

April 27, 2013

Join us on April 27 for the Ovarian Cancer Survivor’s Course and MIOCA hosted reception, sponsored by Mass Mutual Financial Group.    Marking the first time the Foundation for Women’s Cancer has brought this educational conference to the state, it will be held at the University of Michigan North Campus Research Complex in Ann Arbor.

We were excited to bring survivors, caregivers and providers together for this FREE one day event, with a few highlights including:

-Educational topics and discussions on targeted therapies, clinical trials and survivorship issues;

- Panels of doctors/nutritionists/nurses answering your questions;

- A panel of survivors discussing the “fear of recurrence”

- A MIOCA hosted reception for socializing and networking with other survivors, caregivers, presenters and providers.

SPEAKing About Early Detection

January 1, 2013

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.