New 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 new 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 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 .
Grand Rapids - Starting in March, meetings will be 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
Triathlete Raises Awareness
Ironman is a statement of passion and commitment. On September 7, 2014, Brian Young will race Ironman Wisconsin in memory of his mother, who died of ovarian cancer. This renowned event is a long-distance triathlon comprised of a 2.4 mile swim, a 112 mile bike ride, and ending with a 26.2 mile marathon run. Through his efforts, Brian is raising money for MIOCA. Read more about Brian's race and please consider showing him your support!Madison, WI
Shake Your Teal Feather Fun Run/Walk
Put your sneakers on and join other survivors and supporters on Michigan's west side! Shake Your Teal Feather Fun Run/Walk will be held at John Ball Zoo Park on Sunday, Sept. 14 from 2:00 - 3:00 pm. Early registration is $30 and includes a t-shirt. Click here to register.John Ball Zoo Park - 1300 W Fulton St., Grand Rapids, MI 49504
Drew Parker email@example.com
Turn The Village Teal
We've added more to an already fun day! Starting at Adams High School in Rochester Hills, survivors and supporters can participate in a 5K fun run/walk (10:30 am). The route ends at the Village of Rochester Hills where everyone can relax and enjoy the large teal and turquoise collectible car show and outdoor concert (11:00 – 2:00 pm). For more information, visit the Turn the Village Teal website . Register here for the 5K. MIOCA is proud to work in concert with the Turn the Towns Teal (R) campaign.Village of Rochester Hills
Hoo Haa Fun Walk
Finish out National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month by joining us at the Hoo Haa Fun Walk to be held on Sunday, Sept 28 from 10-3 at Roseville Jr. Sports Park in Roseville, MI. Presented by Bombshell Bridal Boutique in honor of Connie Knot Toigo who lost her battle with ovarian cancer in 2009. Funds raised will benefit MIOCA. Learn more about the Hoo Haa Fun Run here Registration ($25 including a t-shirt) is available online .Roseville Jr Sports Park - 29700 Pinehurst St., Roseville, MI 48066
Julia Sultes: firstname.lastname@example.org 586.854.8578
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 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.
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 ConleeGrand Blanc High School (12500 Holly Road, Grand Blanc)
Marie Heath: email@example.com
The Ride for 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.USA
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
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 QuestSebewaing Township Hall Sebewaing, MI
Bev Wiltse 989-326-1052
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
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.Capitol
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.
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
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
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.LIVE
Tickets at Eventbrite
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
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, firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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
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 .various
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 YogurtVillage of Rochester Hills, 104 N Adams Rd. (corner of Adams and Walton)
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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
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
email@example.com or 248.661.6344
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.First Congregational Church of Christ in Romeo
“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
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
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
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
Turn The Village Teal
Village of Rochester Hills
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
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
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
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.
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
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
at the Kerrytown Concert Hall, Ann Arbor.