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Then & Now: 20 Years and Still Going Strong

OCRF Board Member, Robin Zarel, Celebrates 20 Years as an Ovarian Cancer Survivor Then – December 9, 1993 December 9, 1993 is a day that I will never forget. That was the day I had a radical hysterectomy for what was later found to be Stage III ovarian cancer.That was the bad news. The good is that... 

OCRF Educational Webinar Series Presentations Available

Over the course of each year, OCRF offers free educational webinars on topics related to ovarian cancer and ovarian cancer research.  You can view and listen to archived copies of these presentations below. 2013 Exploring the Origins of Ovarian Cancer Presented by Ronny Drapkin, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor... 

The Valerie Goldfein Story: Founder of the Woman to Woman Program

November 4, 1999 “November 4, 1999 was one of those perfect autumn days in New York when it seems as though nothing could go wrong. But it did for me. That was the day I was diagnosed with ovarian cancer and the world as I knew it would never be the same,” says Valerie. “No one could have been... 

Jenn Sommermann: Triathlete for a Cure

Each teal pushpin represents a state Jenn has crossed off her list, and each purple pushpin contains a link to press about her campaign. Click the pins for more information on each stop of her campaign! To view the map in a larger window, along with an ordered timeline of races and press coverage, click... 

OCRF Talk with Lin Zhang, M.D.

Lin Zhang, M.D. Research Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology University of Pennsylvania Dr. Lin Zhang is a 2006 and 2009 Liz Tilberis Grant Recipient, and a 2003 Program of Excellence Grant Recipient. In the fall of 2003, Dr. Lin Zhang was anxious. Having come to the United States for... 

LifeIce: A Daughter’s Gift of Love Becomes a Mother’s Legacy

In 2003, at age 52, Paulette Fox’s mother, Sari, was diagnosed with Stage IIIC ovarian cancer, and began a 7-year battle that included continual chemotherapy, several surgeries and many complications. Sari fearlessly pursued many different treatments: neoadjuvant therapy with experimental agents;... 

When a Man Loves a Woman: Dave Brown Walks Across America in Memory of his Wife, Joan Chermack Brown

On Thursday, February 28th, 61-year-old Dave Brown will embark on an incredible, heartfelt journey – a nearly 3,000-mile walk across the United States to a raise awareness and support for research in memory of his beloved wife, Joan, who passed away from ovarian cancer on August 1, 2011 at the age... 

A Personal Connection Becomes a Professional Mission

12/04/2012 Ivan and Angels were young post-doctoral fellows when they first met at the University of California, San Diego eleven years ago. She was working on Alzheimer’s disease; he was conducting basic research studying breast cancer cells. At the time, they didn’t know that their labs...