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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.

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MIOCA partners with Turn the Towns Teal® to Raise Awareness

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

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

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