Complete Event Calendar
MIOCA at the State Capitol
The Michigan Cancer Caucus has invited MIOCA to lead a discussion about ovarian cancer at the Capitol on Tuesday, March 11 at 8:30 am. MIOCA survivor advocates, in addition to Dr. Robert Morris from Karmanos Cancer Institute, will discuss the formidable public health challenges of early detection and improved treatment outcomes, while putting a face to the disease. We are extremely grateful to the Cancer Caucus, and Chairs Senator Rebekah Warren, and Representative Bob Genetski, for this tremendous opportunity.
New Ovarian Cancer Support Groups
MIOCA funds professionally led groups in Ann Arbor & Grand Rapids
- Meetings began in January and will be held every 3rd Wednesday of the month at 6:00 – 7:30 pm, at the Cancer Support Community of Ann Arbor
- Starting in March, meetings will be held every 2nd Tuesday of the month at 6:00 – 7:30pm at Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids
5th Annual Run in the Thumb
in Memory of Michelle Chiotti
This 5K/10K ovarian cancer awareness walk/run was originally started by Michelle Chiotti and her good friend Charlie Wiltse to raise awareness of ovarian cancer. Please participate to continue her cause, but also to honor all those affected by ovarian cancer, with proceeds going to MIOCA.
Ride For The Cure Kick-Off
With the arrival of spring, Matt will begin his Ride for the Cure. Join us for the big send-off featuring Michigan’s finest country recording and performing act, Cadillac West
, at CJ's Lounge
on May 9. 7:00 pm to 1:00 am.
MIOCA's new storefront, Teal Treasures
has apparel, car magnets, wristbands and more, all to raise ovarian cancer awareness and benefit MIOCA. Check out Teal Treasures
Ride to Raise Awareness
“What can one individual do to help make a difference?” MIOCA supporter, Matt McEwen intends to find out by taking to the road this spring and summer, in memory of his late wife, Wendy McEwen. Riding across the US to raise awareness of ovarian cancer and funds for MIOCA, he will enroll Motorcycle Owners Associations Chapters nationwide, to focus attention on the critical need for early detection and better treatments. Because he “can’t just sit on the sidelines while we lose more women like Wendy to this deadly disease”, follow Matt's ride throughout the country here.
Breaking the silence about GYN cancer with Rock N Roll
No Evidence of Disease,
the words every patient dreams to hear, interweaves the harrowing experiences and remarkable courage of women, devoted families, and dedicated doctors.
An emotive and music-filled documentary, NED, brings below the belt cancers out from under the radar and into the spotlight
September's Michigan Premier at Ann Arbor's Michigan Theater included a Q & A presentation with NED Producer, Karen Simon, UM Health System's, Keven Reynolds, MD and MIOCA VP Marcie Paul.
the best of times
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.
September is National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month
and we Turned The Towns Teal®
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!
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SPEAKing About Early Detection
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
with Survivor Teaching Students: Saving Women's Lives
and SPEAK: Survivors Promoting Education and Knowledge
or join us at an event.
and make your voice heard.
We need your support to implement our mission and save women's lives.