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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.

MIOCA in the news

MIOCA announces Geri Fournier Ovarian Cancer Research Grant Opportunity

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."

For those interested or involved in ovarian cancer research, please download the Michigan Ovarian Cancer Alliance Geri Fournier Ovarian Cancer Research Grant Cover Letter and Application. All submissions are due by the end of the day on Sunday, January 15, 2017.  Awards will be announced by March 31, 2017.

Myths and Misconceptions about Ovarian Cancer

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.

MIOCA Advocate speaks out for Affordable Access to Treatment

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."