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MIOCA announces Geri Fournier Ovarian Cancer Research Grant Opportunity

MIOCA announces Geri Fournier Ovarian Cancer Research Grant Opportunity

October 2, 2016

In accordance with its mission, the Michigan Ovarian Cancer Alliance Board of Directors is thrilled to announce the 2017 Geri Fournier Ovarian Cancer Research Grant.  Last year, MIOCA awarded a total of $75,000 to researchers here in Michigan.  Pam Dahlmann, MIOCA President, states, "We are so grateful for the continued support from our friends.  The MIOCA Board looks forward to funding cutting edge research again next spring."

The application process is now closed. Awards will be announced by March 31, 2017.

Myths and Misconceptions about Ovarian Cancer

September 1, 2016

MIOCA is partnering with WOTV4 in Grand Rapids to get the word out about our upcoming event, Shake Your Teal Feathers, and to educate MI communities about ovarian cancer. Because little is known about ovarian cancer by the general public, it is interesting to learn more by unraveling some common myths and misconceptions. Read the full article posted on the WOTV4women website.

It's Teal Time!

August 27, 2016

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

August 13, 2016

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."

Ovarian Cancer Survivors Connect in Northville

Ovarian Cancer Survivors Connect in Northville

May 23, 2016

Sixty ovarian cancer survivors gathered at George's Senate & Coney Island Restaurant in Northville on Sunday, May 22, for a Survivor Meet and Greet hosted by the Michigan Ovarian Cancer Alliance. The group of survivors shared 388 years of survival.

As part of its mission, MIOCA provides resources and support to ovarian cancer survivors.

"An ovarian cancer diagnosis can be very isolating," said Terrie Karebian, a Northville resident who is a survivor and who co-organized Sunday's event. "The meet-and-greet allowed survivors from many parts of the state to come together to connect with others who have traveled a similar journey."

Read full article here.

Take the lead to Turn the Towns Teal® and receive a free t-shirt

Take the lead to Turn the Towns Teal® and receive a free t-shirt

May 4, 2016

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!

MIOCA Awards $75,000 to Geri Fournier Ovarian Cancer Research Grant Recipients

MIOCA Awards $75,000 to Geri Fournier Ovarian Cancer Research Grant Recipients

March 30, 2016

Once again, MIOCA's Board of Directors has voted to award ovarian cancer researchers with funds to support their work here in Michigan. 

Pam Dahlmann, MIOCA President, states, "We are extremely excited to triple the total provided to innovative researchers this year who are working on behalf of ovarian cancer patients. MIOCA is able to provide these grants because of the tremendous financial support we have received from our friends across the state."

MIOCA congratulates the 2016 Geri Fournier Research Grantees who are both working to address the issue of chemo resistance:

Ilana Chefetz Menaker, Ph.D  $50,000
Research Assistant Professor
Internal Medicine, Division of Hematology/Oncology
University of Michigan Medical School
Characterization of the effect of ALDH1 isoform selective inhibitors in combination with MEK1/2 in ovarian cancer.

Karen McLean, M.D., Ph.D  $25,000
Assistant Professor, Gynecologic Oncology
Translational Oncology Program
University of Michigan Health System
Inihibition of the DEK Oncoprotein in Xenogratfs Dervied from Ovarian Cancer  

Strong Michigan presence at National Ovarian Cancer Advocacy Day in DC

Strong Michigan presence at National Ovarian Cancer Advocacy Day in DC

March 3, 2016

Take Action!

Recently, eleven women gathered from Michigan for the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund Alliance's annual Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill.  Representing several states across the country, ovarian cancer survivors, caregivers, researchers and others touched by ovarian cancer met with their members of Congress today to urge them to support critical research and educational programs. 

Even if you couldn't attend, you can still make your voice heard by contacting Senator Stabenow, Senator Peters, and your US Representative. (Click here to find your rep. and to contact him/her.) 

Ask Congress to fund the following ovarian cancer programs:

Strong federal funding for ovarian cancer research and education programs will allow us to build on prior investments in the search for better prevention, early detection, and treatment of ovarian cancer. Additionally, ask your representative to co-sponsor the Cancer Treatment Parity Act so that oral chemo is available at a cost no less favorable than IV administered or injected anticancer medications.

It is critical that your members of Congress hear from you! They are currently making decisions about how to spend federal money in 2017. As a constituent who has been touched by ovarian cancer, please take a few minutes TODAY to send a message to your legislators.

MIOCA is Thrilled to Increase Geri Fournier Ovarian Cancer Research Grant Opportunities for 2016

MIOCA is Thrilled to Increase Geri Fournier Ovarian Cancer Research Grant Opportunities for 2016

January 23, 2016

Given the overwhelming support in 2015, the Michigan Ovarian Cancer Alliance Board of Directors recently agreed to increase research grant opportunities for the upcoming grant cycle. Pam Dahlmann, MIOCA President, states, "We were so proud to award our first grants to three very deserving recipients this year.  It is critical that innovative research be funded if there are to be gains made in discovering improved treatments or an early detection test. It is very exciting that, with the help of so many donors, we are able to double the funds which MIOCA will direct to research here in Michigan next year."

MIOCA's Board would like to thank all of the researchers who applied for the Geri Fournier Ovarian Cancer Research Grant. Awards will be announced by March 31, 2016.  

New Ovarian Cancer Support Group for survivors in the Flint area

January 5, 2016

MIOCA is pleased to announce that another resource for ovarian cancer survivors is now available in the Flint area. MIOCA Board member, ovarian cancer survivor, and oncology nurse, Debra Frick, helps to facilitate the group held at Genesys Hurley Cancer Institute. Meetings will be held on the second Wednesday of each month from 2:00 to 3:30 pm. All ovarian cancer survivors are welcome to attend. (302 Kensington Ave., Flint, MI.  1st floor board room.) Any questions, please call 810-618-5923.