OCRF News

Thank You for 20 Years of Hope Through Research

“In 1989, my wife Ann was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. At that time, there wasn’t much information on the disease, and there was little research being funded. While Ann bravely battled the disease, I spoke with the families and friends of other ovarian cancer patients. Together, we learned... 

Ovarian Cancer Research Fund Legends Gala

OCRF’s 20th Anniversary Legends Gala, hosted by Harry Connick, Jr., was held on Wednesday,  November 5th at The Pierre Hotel in New York City. Honorees included the Janet Burros Memorial Foundation, Chris Salgardo, President of Kiehl’s Since 1851, and Pierce Brosnan. The event also included... 

Where There’s a Wheel, There’s a Way: Ovarian Cycle Founder, Bethany Diamond

Bethany Diamond When acclaimed fitness instructor Bethany Diamond created the very first Ovarian Cycle ride in Atlanta in 2004, she couldn’t have known that a decade later, Ovarian Cycle would become part of OCRF and thousands of participants across the country would have helped raise over $2... 

Phil and Judy Messing: OCRF Partners in Science

When Phil and Judy Messing lost their daughter Carol to ovarian cancer in 2008, they knew they wanted to honor her memory by supporting ovarian cancer research. They searched for an organization that would help them feel connected and involved, and found that in OCRF. They chose to participate in our... 

Liz Tilberis: A Tribute

Liz Tilberis bridged the worlds of high-fashion and everyday home-life seamlessly. Her effortless ability to transition between the two serves as a reminder that women touched by ovarian cancer play many roles, and live in many different worlds, but ultimately, all share the same goal – to find... 

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... 

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... 

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...