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Exciting News: MIOCA Symptom Video Released!
December 8, 2017
The Michigan Ovarian Cancer Alliance (MIOCA) continues to raise awareness of ovarian cancer and increase the public's understanding of ovarian cancer symptoms so women seek medical attention sooner. For several years, volunteers with MIOCA's SPEAK (Survivors Promoting Early Awareness & Knowledge) program have shared myths, facts, symptoms, and risk factors of the disease. SPEAK audience members have expressed gratitude to the survivors who share their stories which put a face to an often misunderstood disease.
To greatly increase MIOCA's educational reach, a symptom video has been created to provide the critically important information. The video highlights the four symptoms which are statistically shown to occur more often in females with ovarian cancer as compared to the general public. Additionally, viewers will learn when to see a doctor and what tests experts recommend if symptomatic. Michelle Shepherd, SPEAK coordinator, states, “We have heard from many people that hearing first-hand accounts of ovarian cancer symptoms from survivors makes the information memorable. Our hope is that this video will not only educate viewers, but also promote early detection.”
Click here to view MIOCA's symptom video
A special thank you to Dr. Kevin Reynolds, U of M Gynecologic Oncologist and MIOCA Medical Advisory Board Member, and the survivors who all generously volunteered their time to be a part of this video. It’s so important that every woman knows the symptoms of ovarian cancer so please send this video to the women you love. To learn more about MIOCA’s SPEAK program, or how you can be involved, contact Michelle Shepherd at MichelleShepherd@MIOCA.org
MIOCA is Thrilled to Fund Geri Fournier Ovarian Cancer Research Grant Opportunities for 2018
October 3, 2017
The Michigan Ovarian Cancer Alliance (MIOCA) is pleased to continue to support research grant opportunities for research projects conducted in the state of Michigan by Michigan-based researchers. Pam Dahlmann, MIOCA President, states, " The Geri Fournier Research Grant is very personal for me as it was named after my mom, the co-founder of MIOCA. My mom was a Registered Nurse, as am I. We strongly believe that raising funds for research is so crucial to make any gains in this disease that took my mom and grandmother's life. MIOCA is proud to have awarded $200,000 in research grants since 2015. We are so pleased to continue to support ovarian cancer researchers in 2018 through Geri Fournier Ovarian Cancer Research Grants.”
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 14, 2018. Awards will be announced by April 6, 2018.
White Named MIOCA's First Executive Director
September 27, 2017
ANN ARBOR, MICHIGAN - The Michigan Ovarian Cancer Alliance (MIOCA) is excited to announce the appointment of Elizabeth White to the position of Executive Director. White brings robust experience, infectious energy, and creative innovation to MIOCA as the organization continues to improve the lives of survivors, make sure women are diagnosed early, and to ultimately end ovarian cancer.
President and Co-Founder, Pam Dahlmann said White is the perfect choice to continue MIOCA’s mission.
“Through incredible volunteer efforts, MIOCA has grown at an amazing rate since its founding in 2011, but there is much work to do on behalf of Michigan's ovarian cancer community. The Board of Directors is so excited to take MIOCA to the next level under Elizabeth's leadership. This is a perfect way to wrap up Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month by looking forward to the great things ahead of us.”
White became involved with the fight against ovarian cancer after losing her mother to the disease in 2006. After seeing her mother’s battle with the disease, White decided she needed to do something meaningful in her mother’s memory so she moved to Washington, DC to work for the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance as the Director of Events and Development Manager.
After five years at the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance, White moved back to Michigan and worked for the American Cancer Society. Most recently, she worked for AMC Network as a Meeting Planner helping companies and nonprofits, including the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund Alliance, on a variety of meeting related tasks. She is a visionary leader who brings a proven track record of success in project management, running events, fundraising, and financial management.
“I’m so happy to join the team at the Michigan Ovarian Cancer Alliance,” said White. “Over the years, I’ve met thousands of survivors, and lost way too many teal friends, including my closest friend, my mom. Ovarian cancer is personal to me and I will work tirelessly to ensure women know the signs and symptoms, are diagnosed early, and have access to the best treatments.”
White officially begins her role at MIOCA on Wednesday, September 27.
Ovarian cancer is the deadliest gynecologic cancer. Know the symptoms - bloating, pelvic or abdominal pain, difficulty eating or feeling full quickly, and urinary urgency or frequency. See your doctor, preferably a gynecologist, if any of these symptoms are unusual for you and persist for more than twelve days in a month. To learn more, including how you can be involved in the fight against ovarian cancer, visit mioca.org.