OCRF News

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... 

The New York Times Publishes OCRF’s Letter to the Editor 3/12/13

A frequent New York Times commenter on important ovarian cancer issues, OCRF wrote a Letter to the Editor in response to the NYT editorial, “Inadequate Treatment of Ovarian Cancer,” which was published in print and online on March 21, 2013. We are grateful for the opportunity to reach such... 

Meet Mindy Gray: Wife, Mother, Sister, Philanthropist, and OCRF Board Member

Mindy’s sister, Faith with son, Logan 12/14/2012 | Mindy Gray was devastated by the passing of her beloved older sister, Faith Basser. But she turned loss into legacy and hurt into hope this year when she and her husband Jon founded the Basser Research Center at the University of Pennsylvania in... 

Under the Microscope: OCRF’s 2012 Research Progress Report

12/11/12 | In 2012, hardworking, dedicated OCRF scientists made significant advances in the fight against ovarian cancer. Below is just a sample of some of the exciting discoveries made by OCRF-funded researchers this year. With your generous support, OCRF grantees have: Explained reduced survival...