Research News
2014 Free Educational Webinar Series Announced
Rachel Grisham, M.D.
On Wednesday, March 19th at 6:00 p.m. EST, OCRF will host our first webinar of 2014, "Understanding Clinical Trials." Presented by OCRF Liz Tilberis Early Career Award recipient Rachel Grisham, M.D., of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, the webinar will address what clinical trials are, why they are important, and how they work, as well as pros and cons of enrolling in trials, things to think about, and questions to ask your doctor about clinical trials. Register here to join on March 19th and ask real-time questions. The archived webinar will be available following the original presentation.

Topics for this year's webinar series will include:

-April: Chemotherapy: What to Expect
-June: Research Update from 2014 Medical Meetings
-September: Breast and Ovarian Cancer
-October: Nutrition for Ovarian Cancer Survivors
-November: Precision Therapeutics for Ovarian Cancer

Support for this webinar series has been provided by Genentech. Please stay tuned for detailed information on upcoming webinars. To view all past presentations, visit OCRF's webinar archive.
High-Dose Vitamin C Helps Ovarian Cancer Patients
Scientists at the University of Kansas Medical Center have determined that high doses of vitamin C, administered intravenously with traditional chemotherapy, helped kill cancer cells while reducing the toxic effects of chemotherapy for some cancer patients. To read more, click here.
Study Shows BRCA1 Gene Mutation Carriers Should Remove Ovaries by Age 35
The findings of a large international study published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology suggest for the first time that women with BRCA1 gene mutations should have preventive ovarian surgery (prophylactic oophorectomy) by age 35. The report studied nearly 5,800 women with specific genetic mutations called BRCA1 and BRCA2. For more information, and to watch a recent CNN video segment about the study, click here.  
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Super Saturday has arrived in Los Angeles! To mark OCRF's 20th anniversary, we're bringing our day of designer deals to Santa Monica's Barker Hangar. Hosted by Rachel Zoe and Rodger Berman, and Molly Sims and Scott Stuber, Super Saturday LA promises to be a fun-filled extravaganza with activities for the whole family. Proceeds support our critical mission to fund ovarian cancer research. To purchase tickets or a table, become a sponsor, or donate, please visit

Please save the date for Super Saturday New York (Hamptons) event on July 26th!  
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In the Teal Spotlight
Race with OCRF Team Hope in the Athleta Esprit de She Triathlon Series
Great news for triathletes looking to take on a great race for a great cause - OCRF has once again teamed up with the Athleta Esprit de She Triathlon in Naperville, Illinois, and San Diego, California, as their local charitable partner. An event series designed exclusively for women, Athleta Esprit de She offers a supportive and friendly environment for first-time to seasoned athletes, along with the opportunity to make a difference by racing as part of OCRF Team Hope. Participants are invited to take on the race as individuals or as part of a relay team, with the swim, bike, and run portions split among team members. San Diego participants can also choose to compete in a bike/run duathlon!

RSVP today to race in Naperville on June 8th, or in San Diego on October 19th, and then head over to the Team Hope Naperville or Team Hope San Diego page to sign up to race for ovarian cancer research! When you join OCRF Team Hope, you'll receive a personal fundraising page, which you can use to raise awareness and funds for the cause. There is no minimum amount required to join OCRF Team Hope, but those who raise $500 by the fundraising deadline will earn a special Race Day Kit, which includes an OCRF Team Hope triathlon top, visor, and socks, as well as a swim cap, goggles, and hydration bottle. A Survivor Wave is also offered as a special way to honor survivors of ovarian cancer. For more information or to learn how you can volunteer, email We can't wait to see you at the finish line! 
Hope for Heather Hosts 4th Annual Breakfast at Tiffany's Fashion Show on March 30th
OCRF invites you to join our longtime friends at Hope for Heather for a vintage-style runway show in Syracuse, New York. The event will celebrate the life and legacy of Heather Weeks, a beloved member of the OCRF team and advocate for the cause, who passed away in 2008.

The Breakfast at Tiffany's Fashion Show promises boutique shopping, raffles, and a silent auction, along with a runway show where models will include ovarian cancer survivors and community leaders. Since 2009, Hope for Heather, a not-for-profit corporation dedicated to finding a cure for ovarian cancer through funding research and improving survival and education, has donated $94,000 to OCRF. For more information, including tickets and sponsorship opportunities, please click here.
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You Could Be our Next OCRF Team Hope All-Star!
With spring around the corner, start planning now to raise awareness and funds for ovarian cancer research with OCRF Team Hope. From run/walks and baseball games, to yard sales and birthday bashes, there's no limit to the ways you can help make a difference.

Sign up and receive your own online fundraising page to personalize and share with friends, family and colleagues. Whether your campaign is online or takes place in your community, we're happy to work together with you to answer any questions you may have, as well as provide educational materials and goodies, to help make your event a success. Click here to get started, or email Melissa Chemick for more information.
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Upcoming Events: 

March 8th - OCRF's Ovarian Cycle Ready. Set. Ride!® - Tampa, FL

March 19th - Understanding Clinical Trials - Free Educational Webinar

March 22nd - OCRF's Ovarian Cycle Ride to Change the Future® - Atlanta, GA

March 29th - Scrapbooking Fundraiser - Emmett, MI

March 30th - Hope for Heather's Breakfast at Tiffany's Fashion Show - Syracuse, NY

April 8th - Rally for Research at SPiN with OCRF's Junior Board - New York, NY

April 12th - EventPower's Power of a Woman Triathlon and 5K - East Meadow, NY

April 13th - OCRF's Ovarian Cycle Ready. Set. Ride!® - Chicago, IL

April 27th - Sheryl Garrett Lapka 5K - Lisle, IL

May 4th - Cut-A-Thon to Benefit Ovarian Cancer Research Fund - La Habra, CA

May 12th - 13th Annual Evening of Laughter in Tribute to Madeline Kahn - New York, NY

May 17th - Super Saturday Los Angeles - Santa Monica, CA

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