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An ovarian cancer diagnosis is life changing and provides unique challenges. No one understands that as well as another ovarian cancer survivor or caregiver and often the journey can be helped by supportive conversations with those who have “been there”.  MIOCA’s Survivor to Survivor Support Network  connects an appropriate volunteer from our network of survivors and caregivers with anyone seeking informative or supportive contact, such as newly diagnosed patients or their family members, those experiencing a recurrence or a survivor or caregiver who just feels the need to speak with another person that's had some similar experiences.
To request a one to one contact, email us at mioca.org@gmail.com or call Marcia Gurche, 586-323-0838  . Please indicate Survivor to Survivor  in the subject line and briefly describe the issues you’d like to discuss. Every effort will be made by our volunteer network to be there for you and respond in a timely manner.
Like most volunteer efforts, the Survivor to Survivor network is always interested in additional help. If you are a survivor or caregiver interested in offering a sympathetic ear and encouraging voice, please contact Marcia Gurche, 586-323-0838.


Women dealing with ovarian cancer and its effects often have unique questions and concerns. Join others just like you in these professionally facilitated groups. These free 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. For more information, contact Pam Dahlmann, 734-645-5473.

Ann Arbor

Meetings are held every 3rd Wednesday of the month at 6:00 – 7:30pm at the Cancer Support Community of Greater Ann Arbor , 2010 Hogback Road, Suite 3, Ann Arbor, MI 48105, (734) 975-2500

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, 1806 Bridge Street NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504, (616) 453-8300


MIOCA is committed to providing support to ovarian cancer patients who reside in the state. We want you to know that many of us have traveled a similar journey and are here to help.

MIOCA volunteers have assembled Survivor Support Totes which contain gifts and helpful information for women in treatment - either newly diagnosed survivors or those experiencing a recurrence. We would like to give one to you.  To request a tote, please contact Michelle Shepherd with this information: Name, Address, City/State/Zip, Primary Phone, Email, Date of Diagnosis, Age, and Stage (optional).


The support group is a combination of women at different points in time since their initial diagnosis.  It is a wonderful channel that helps a new survivor establish contact with other women as early as possible after diagnosis in order to reduce anxiety, fear and isolation. Women have the opportunity to discuss concerns and possible misconceptions related to treatment.  The special camaraderie that is shared helps survivors (newly diagnosed, those with a recurrence and long term survivors) realize they are not alone in their battle.

Monthly meetings are held at Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak Cancer Center, the second Thursday of the month  . Through personal calls, monthly meetings and newsletters, One-to-One offers support to each member, whether newly diagnosed or those experiencing a recurrence. The Cancer Center is located on the southwest corner of the Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak campus 4:00 - 5:30 pm. Parking in available in the Cancer Center parking lot. Enter the main entrance of the Rose Cancer Center and follow the signs to the first floor conference room.

Registration is not required.  For more information, contact Marcia Gurche,  586-323-0838 or Marilyn Brozovic 248-561-2027 / brozovicm87@gmail.com 

2015 Schedule - Monthly meetings 4 - 5:30 p.m  and Special Events:

Thursday, February 12  - Conversation  (Cancer Center 4th floor)

Thursday, March 12 -  Fighting Cancer With Your Fork.  Deb Martz, RD, Oncology Dietitian.  NOTE:  6:30 pm at Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak, Administration Bldg. Auditorium.  RSVP 248-551-8585  Click here for details.

Thursday, April 9  - Cancer, Intimacy and Genitourinary Health. Dr. Sheba Roy, ND FABNO, Board Certified Naturopathic Oncology Provider. (Cancer Center 1st floor classroom.)

Thursday, May 14  - A Service of Remembrance for Our Teal Angels.  Note: 6:30 pm Cancer Center

Sunday, June 7 -  Cancer Survivor Party

Thursday, June 14  - BioBank. Barbara Pruetz (Cancer Center - 1st floor classroom)