Ovarian cancer national alliance


2015 | January 07

Advocacy Day in Washington DC

On March 9-10, 2015, join survivors, caregivers and the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance in Washington, DC, to advocate for the programs and research that pave the way for better treatments for ovarian cancer. Your elected officials need to hear from YOU in 2015 to ensure that ovarian cancer research and education programs remain a Congressional priority. 

Each year, the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance helps secure over $160 million in federal dollars for ovarian cancer research and education programs - money which funds the hunt for an early detection test for ovarian cancer and better therapeutic options for women already diagnosed. Thanks to the advocacy of our community, ovarian cancer research and education programs fared extremely well in the recent spending deal passed by Congress, despite the tough budget climate. Four key programs received increased or level funding in Fiscal Year 2015. This is only possible because of an activated and empowered network of grassroots activists - and we want you to be part of that network! Act now! Registration is free and closes on January 31st.  Join other MIOCA advocates by registering  now. 

Washington DC
2015 | March 18

MIOCA Board of Directors' Meeting

All are welcomed to attend MIOCA's Board of Directors' Meeting. Special Guest Speaker: Debra Duquette, Genomics Coordinator, MI Dept of Community Health. Ann Arbor Regent Hotel & Suites - 2455 Carpenter Rd, Ann Arbor, MI 48108. 7-9 PM.  

Ann Arbor Regent & Suites, 2455 Carpenter Rd, Ann Arbor, MI 48108
Michelle Shepherd mshepherd61@att.net
2015 | May 10

Ann Arbor Goddess 5K & Mile Run/Walk

Celebrate a day for all women — Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 10 — by joining your mothers, sisters, daughters, your entire sisterhood in the inaugural Ann Arbor Goddess 5K and showing Ann Arbor how truly divine you are. Race begins at 8:00 am. Click here  for additional information and to register for this great event which benefits MIOCA.

Downtown Ann Arbor - Liberty and Maynard St.
2014 | September 20

Turn The Village Teal

The 3rd annual Turn the Village Teal was a great day enjoyed by survivors and supporters!  Thanks to our special guests, JoAnne Purtan, WXYZ Channel 7 abc, and Mayor Bryan Barnett of Rochester Hills.  MIOCA wants to thank the classic car owners and the event musicians:  Jennifer Kincer and friends - and Tyge Cawthon who played the bagpipe as the participants made their way up Highlander Highway.   Our day would not have been the success that it was without the support of so many sponsors:  Whole Foods, Michael Cao - in memory of Shrtz Rose Luo, Crittenton Hospital, GM Heritage Center, Community Lifestyles, C&G News, Oakland Macomb Obstetrics & Gynecology, Moosejaw, Noodles & Co., Kleraderm USA, Barbaro Clothiers, WJR radio, ObGyn Interest Group - OUWB School of Medicine, East Street Pilates, Mezza Grille, SEE Eyewear, Underground Printing, University Dental Associates, and the Village of Rochester Hills. MIOCA is proud to work in concert with Turn the Towns Teal ® campaign.      

Village of Rochester Hills
2014 | September 14

Shake Your Teal Feather Fun Run/Walk

Thanks to the many event sponsors who helped make our day an absolute success!  So many survivors and supporters came out to Shake their Teal Feathers.  Please watch Fox News Channel 17 coverage of the event here.   Thank you to our sponsors: H.S. Die & Engineering, Thornapple Community Church, Stairway Concepts, Dan Vis Builders, LLC, Buffalo Wild Wings, GS Fireworks, Action Restoration, DeBorj Bakery, Keller William Grand Rapids, Restoration Services, RSVP Events, Salvatore's Italian Restaurant & Pizza, Spectrum Health Medical Group, and The Edge Salon.

John Ball Zoo Park - 1300 W Fulton St., Grand Rapids, MI 49504
Drew Parker thetealman@gmail.com
2014 | September 07

Triathlete Raises Awareness

Congratulations to Brian Young who recently competed in Ironman Wisconsin in memory of his mom! Brian finished the 2.4 mile swim, 112 bike ride, and 26.2 mile run with an amazing time of 11:22. Brian was the third largest fundraiser in this Ironman race. We thank Brian for his incredible commitment and support.  We also thank all of the generous people who donated to his cause! 

Madison, WI
2014 | August 12

Ovarian Cancer Support Groups

MIOCA funds monthly groups in Ann Arbor & Grand Rapids

Women dealing with ovarian cancer and its effects often have unique questions and concerns. Join others like you in these professionally facilitated group. These monthly groups are aimed at giving women in treatment or in remission from ovarian cancer an opportunity to connect with others dealing with similar concerns. 

Ann Arbor - Meetings are held every 3rd Wednesday of the month at 6:00 – 7:30 pm, at the Cancer Support Community of Ann Arbor .

Grand Rapids  - Meetings are held every 2nd Tuesday of the month at 6:00 – 7:30pm at Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids .

Cancer Support Community of Greater Ann Arbor and Gilda's Club Grand Rapids
Pam Dahlmann, 734-645-5473
2014 | July 11

Lori Haber Buckfire Foundation Advocacy Fund

More than 250 survivors, caregivers and advocates gathered in Washington, DC, for updates on the latest advances in ovarian cancer research, network with others on the same journey and advocate on the Hill. Thanks to a generous grant from the Lori Haber Buckfire Foundation, five Michigan survivors were among that group, learning from researchers from our nation’s leading cancer institutions as they discussed recent efforts towards improving treatment outcomes, quality of life and earlier detection. Lobby Day concluded the conference, with the MI delegation meeting with staff of Senators Stabenow and Levin as well as Reps Miller, Levin and Peters, to talk about the critical need for funding research, awareness and educational efforts. MIOCA is extremely grateful for this opportunity to learn, connect and make TEAL voices heard on the Hill.  

Washington DC
2014 | July 11

2014 Ovarian Cancer National Conference

The 2014 Ovarian Cancer National Conference was held July 11-14. Presented by the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance, this event was an exciting way to learn what's new in the world of ovarian cancer, connect with other survivors and supporters, and advocate on Capitol Hill. Everyone’s encouraged to consider attending next year. Check out some of the presentations, pictures and social media postings here .

Washington D.C.
2014 | June 20

Teal Track & Trail 5K Run/Walk

This wonderful event was held in memory of Wendy Heath Heiser and all the women that “Fight Like a Girl” everyday. MIOCA wants to thank event organizers, Marie and Kirk Heath, and the many sponsors who offered support to raise awareness of ovarian cancer.  

Grand Blanc Arches, Inc - Grand Blanc View - Grand Blanc Schools - Grand Blanc Parks and Recreation - Merrill Lynch Grand Blanc - Elevenonecreative.com - Bettina and Richard Roberts - Genesys Athletic Club - Hurly Medical Center - Laura Percival / Percent Inc - Giffels Webster - Bauman's Running & Walking - Bank of America Merrill Lynch - Blessing Company - Barb Shaw / Nicole Young - Jim and Pat Brasseur - Swartz Ambulance - Advanced Physical Therapy Centers - Dr. Pepper - Chris and Renee Draves - Conlee Oil Company - Webb Automotive Art - Kristy Cantleberry - Clarkston State Bank - Tony and Geri D'Anna - Martin Brower - Jenny Kroniger - The Neubauer Family / Australia - Spudd Software - Balaji Venkatesan - Gerry and Marti Myers - In memory of Sharon LaLonde - Family Care Chiropractic - Genesys Hurley Cancer Institute - Dr. Sukamal Saha - Liberty Tax Service - Rozek Enterprises - Brundle Insurance Agency - Kathy Setter - Terri Beebe - Dawn and Tom Moroch - Cathy Lane - Senator Dave Robertson - David Joseph - Mark and Jet Kilmer - Linda Harpold - C. Marie and Larry Elliott - Marcia Lucas - Dave and Sandy Sexton - Judd Insurance Agency - Holly Chamber of Commerce - Barnett Financial and Tax - Kristine Heath Elliott - Steve and Lisa Norby - Lakeshore Partnership - Mark Pfau - Robert Conlee

Grand Blanc High School (12500 Holly Road, Grand Blanc)
Marie Heath: gbarches@comcast.net
2014 | May 16

Ride for a Cure

“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”, read about Matt's ride throughout the country here.

2014 | May 11

ATHLETA Unleash the SHE

The first Unleash the She 5K/10K run was a tremendous success with over 400 runners participating! It was an inspirational day as many teams came out to support survivors or to run in memory of women who have passed.  We want to thank the participants, our friends at Final Stretch Inc., and the many volunteers who donated time to make this event more than memorable. 

Huron High School, Ann Arbor, MI
2014 | April 26

5th Annual Run in the Thumb

in Memory of Michelle Chiotti

The cool weather in Sebewaing, MI didn't stop the enthusiastic supporters from joining in the Run in the Thumb – 5K/10K ovarian cancer awareness run/walk in memory of Michelle Chiotti.  The event provided the opportunity for people to gather in memory of teal angels and to provide encouragement to survivors. 

MIOCA would like to thank Co-chairs Bev Wiltse and Ilene Chiotti for organizing this wonderful day.  We would also like to thank event sponsors:  Bierlein, Mary Kay (Beverly Wiltse), WV Racing (Charles Wiltse and Brent Vermeersch), Blasy Electric, Valley Electrical Contractors, John E Green Company, Scheurer Heatlhcare Network – Sebewaing Family Medicine, Sebewaing Family Dental (Dr. Brent Boyce), Saginaw Bay Dermatology,  Thumb National Bank & Trust, Dow AgroSciences, J. E. Johnson, Meyersieck- Bussema Funeral Home, Step It Up Studio (Krissi Sears), Johnson's Septic Cleaning, Juengel & Mellendorf Funeral Home, Inc.,  Bay Port State Bank, The Hare Shop (Kathy Hare), Trapper John's, Farm Bureau Insurance (Deborah A. Kroswek), Stewart Orthopedic Institute (Mark C. Steward, M.D.), Bath Quest

Sebewaing Township Hall Sebewaing, MI
Bev Wiltse 989-326-1052
2014 | May 09

Ride For The Cure Kick-Off

With the Ride for a Cure departure date a few days away, Matt McEwen gathered with friends and supporters at CJ's Lounge in Whitmore Lake.  The group enjoyed music provided by Cadillac West and took the opportunity to wish Matt well on his ride.  MIOCA wants to offer a special thanks to CJ's Lounge in Whitmore Lake for hosting the event, Cadillac West, Damanskas Enterprises, Rave Associates, Black Lotus Brewing Company, and Peter and Patricia Demski for playing a key role in organizing the event.  Matt McEwen departed on his cross-country trip on May 16 to raise awareness of ovarian cancer in memory of his wife, Wendy.  We wish Matt the very best on his ride!

CJ's Lounge
Matt: mattmcewen911@gmail.com
2014 | March 11

MIOCA at the State Capitol

MIOCA led a discussion about ovarian cancer with the Michigan Cancer Caucus at the Capitol recently. MIOCA survivor advocates, in addition to Dr. Robert Morris from Karmanos Cancer Institute discussed 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.

2013 | October 19

J.U.G.S. Rock A Cure

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 .

Pub 1281, 1281 Gratiot Ave, Clinton Twp
2013 | September 06


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.

Cueter Chrysler Jeep Dodge
2013 | July 12

OCNA Annual Conference

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!

Washington DC
2013 | June 23

Concert for a Cure

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.

Tickets at Eventbrite
2013 | April 27

Ovarian Cancer Survivor’s Course

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.

University of Michigan North Campus Research Complex
2013 | September 14

Shake Your Teal Feathers Walk

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.

John Ball Park, Grand Rapids
Michelle Weller, wellermd@mercyhealth.com
2013 | September 20

Bombshell Bridal Boutique’s MIOCA Open House

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!

Bridal Bombshell Botique, 30120 Harper Ave., St. Clair Shores, MI 48082
Julila, 586-854-8578
2013 | September 01

September is National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

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!

Throughout Michigan
2013 | January 01

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 .

2013 | September 21

Turn the Village Teal

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

Village of Rochester Hills, 104 N Adams Rd. (corner of Adams and Walton)
Noon - 3pm.
2013 | September 21

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.

Janice Charach Art Gallery, The Jewish Community Center, West Bloomfield
Lori Haber Buckfire Foundation
7:00 pm

Past Events

2013 | June 02


The highly successful and sold out 7th annual Jazzalot benefit concert featured George Benson, Cliff Monear Trio and DSO Civic Jazz Ensemble. Living For Music, Inc. works with local treatment centers to add joy and laughter to cancer patients through their healing journey. Tax deductible admission was $30.

Temple Israel, 5725 Walnut Lk. Rd., W. Bloomfield
jazzconcert.ifm@gmail.com or 248.661.6344
2013 | May 11

SPEAK in Romeo

To honor Rev. Sherry Schacht, members of the First Congregational Church of Christ in Romeo hosted an ovarian cancer educational event.  MIOCA's SPEAK: Survivors Promoting Early Awareness and Knowledge program was a central part of the day.  Personal stories of survival and critical information about ovarian cancer were shared with the people in attendance. Rev. Schacht is pictured between the SPEAK presenters. To schedule a free SPEAK presentation, please contact mshepherd61@att.net.

First Congregational Church of Christ in Romeo
2013 | November 15

“Live well, laugh often and shop much”

MIOCA thanks Leon & Lulu owner Mary Liz Curtin, and her wonderful staff for generously hosting the event and donating a portion of the evening's sales to MIOCA. We are equally grateful to our awesome event committee, Matt Seward and the One Night Standards and sponsors: Michigan Nurses Association, Zingerman's Bakehouse, Pizzeria Biga, Al Oumara, J. Sultes Events, 8 Degrees Plato Beer Company, Holiday Market, Hiller's Market, Marge Gatliff, Debbie Stamp, Milt Rotenberg, Uptown Catering, Champps, Slow's BBQ, Cork Wine Bar, Sposita's Ristorante, Boodles Restaurant, Beau Jacks, Mapleview Liquor, Too Chic Boutique, Ruby's Balm, Salon Pigalle and BraeBurn Golf Club. 

Leon & Lulu, 96 W Fourteen Mile Rd, Clawson
2012 | October 31

Menopause The Musical

The Off-Broadway sensation returned to the Detroit area and supported the fight against ovarian cancer with a portion of the ticket price donated to OCNA and MIOCA.

Dearborn and Ann Arbor
2012 | October 27

Gynecology, Women and Cancer: Cultivating Self Growth & Self-care

MIOCA Co-founder and President, Pamela Dahlmann, RN, BSN , was honored as a Guest Speaker at the University of Michigan Health System’s Gynecologic Oncology conference.  Other speakers included: Kathleen Cho, Lisa A. Newman, MD, John F. Randolph, Jr., MD, R. Kevin Reynolds, MD, FACOG, FACS and Keynote Speaker:  Peter Bjerkerot, RN, BSN, OCN.

University of Michigan
2012 | October 05

Northville Square Art Fair

Local fine artists held an autumn art fair at the Northville Square to support MIOCA and raise ovarian cancer awareness. The first night of the event was held during Northville's popular "First Fridays", when much of the town is open late with food, wine and music. Many enjoyed the arts and supported MIOCA in downtown Northville . Many thanks to MIOCA volunteer and artist Kate Paul for selecting the outstanding artists and coordinating the weekend long event.

Northville Square
Kate Paul
2013 | September 30

Turn The Village Teal

Village of Rochester Hills
2012 | July 17

More from the OCNA Annual Meeting

Following 3 days of informative sessions, the Annual Conference concluded with a full slate of Advocacy Day meetings on Capitol Hill. The event was kicked off with a pre-conference workshop on clinical trials featuring Robert Burger, MD, Director, Women’s Cancer Center, Fox Chase Cancer Center and Elise Kohn, MD, Senior Investigator, National Cancer Institute, among others. After that standing room only afternoon long session, the Alliance’s 61 Partner Members, including MIOCA, met for a pre-conference summit to discuss operational strategy and share successful programimg ideas.

Washington DC
2012 | June 12

The University of Michigan College of Pharmacy Alumni and Friends Golf Scramble

MIOCA participated in the Health and Wellness Information Fair at U of M Clubhouse. Additionally, MIOCA’s members of the Survivors Teaching Students: Saving Women’s Lives program held an educational presentation for pharmacy students. With the trend of the pharmacy becoming more of a community health center, the pharmacist can play an critical role in helping guide women to seek the most timely and appropriate medical. For this reason, educating pharmacy students to recognize the symptoms of ovarian cancer is as important as doctors and other healthcare professionals. Click here  for more information about the innovative educational STS program.

University of Michigan Golf Club
2012 | April 15

Big House / Big Heart Race

Despite a weekend of spring storms, MIOCA’s Team Teal raised ovarian cancer awareness throughout the streets of Ann Arbor in the 2012 Big House / Big Heart race. With one of the largest charity teams of the nearly 200 organizations participating, we also had great visibility at the preceding day’s health expo, where the 10,000-plus event attendees registered. Many Team Teal members raced in honor or memory of loved ones, wearing personally decorated race tags on their award winning MIOCA t-shirt. So a huge thank you to all the teal-clad racers, expo volunteers and our many wonderful supporters for making this year’s event a tremendous success.

However, it's still not too late to support the team with your tax deductible donation. Please SUPPORT TEAM TEAL  here. Thank you.

The Big House
2012 | May 01

Mother's Day Thank You!

Many honored the special mothers in their lives with a gift for all women by supporting MIOCA and spreading awareness of ovarian cancer throughout the month of May:

Breath of Spring Florist , with thanks to owner, Bruce Bolton and MIOCA volunteer, Karen Masters.
The Little Shoppe Events -  Thank you to owners, Julie Wilkinson and Valerie Gleason and all the Little Shoppe artists.
Mary Kay Makeover Contest  - Thank you to Beauty Consultant, Charlie Long Graham and her team.
Skyline High School  - Thanks to MIOCA volunteer, Maureen Belden and the Skyline Girls Varsity Softball Team, coaches and fans.

Breath of Spring Florist, The Little Shoppe Events, Mary Kay Makeover Contest, Skyline High School
2012 | March 10

Ovarian Cancer National Alliance Midwest Regional Conference

MIOCA and OCNA Partner Members from Indiana, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin recently hosted a Regional Conference in Indianapolis on March 10. The event featured informational sessions on current research topics, clinical trials, survivorship issues and becoming a research advocate. In addition to networking opportunities, each Partner Member presented recent advocacy and community outreach activities. Many from Michigan attended this informative event.

JW Marriott Indianapolis
2011 | September 16

Teal by Twilight

A benefit jazz concert celebrating the establishment of MIOCA and featuring Ol’ Blue Eyes (Mark Randisi) singing his famously flirty Sinatra tunes, with local jazz vocalist Marlena Studer, and accompaniment by jazz pianist Cliff Monear, bassist Paul Keller, & drummer Sean Dobbins.

With special thanks to all of our generous supporters and sponsors:
 Rave Associates, Cottage Inn Pizza & Quarter Bistro, Dr. Tony Oppipari & Dr. Valerie Castle

 And our Auction Contributors:
 Lewis Jewelers, Dessange Paris Salon & Spa, Seyfried Jewelers, SEE Optical, Morgan & York , Emily Goin, This & That, Macaroni Grill , Knight’s Restaurant, and Bivouac

Sept. 16, 8:00pm
at the Kerrytown Concert Hall, Ann Arbor.