OCRF & Ovarian Cancer National Alliance are now one strong, united, inspiring voice!
Ovarian Cancer Research Fund (OCRF) and the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance (OCNA) have led the way in advocacy, research and support for patients and their families for over 22 years. As of January 2016, we are pleased to announce we are joining together to form Ovarian Cancer Research Fund Alliance (OCRFA), the largest global organization dedicated to advancing ovarian cancer research while supporting women and their families. Read the exciting news!


Survivor Stories / Tributes

Carmen Martinez

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Beloved wife, mother of two beautiful daughters- Alexis & Kelly, mother in-law to Chris, “buela” grandmother to Chase & Madison Carmen, sister, aunt, Godmother, and friend to all who met her. Our lives were enriched just by knowing her. To know her was to love her! The void from her loss is tremendous and devastated us all. There is not a day that goes by that we don’t replay our memories like a movie. The imprint of her smile lights our way and the sound of her laugh gets us through the day.
Your life will never be forgotten and has an amazing legacy. In your death, you have educated all of the women that knew you and we now know the signs of the “disease that whispers”. You were chosen to be with God, for he knew that you were the best and could do your best work with him in heaven. Rest In Peace titi Carmen!! We love you forever and always! xoxoxo

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Carmen was diagnosed with stage four ovarian cancer on April 25, 2008. After several procedures, numerous tests, a major surgery, one round of chemo, and multiple complications, she became completely dependant on a ventilator. She lost her fight on Wednesday, June 4, 2008-exactly two months to the day from her initial admission….For “a stomach ache”. She lives on in her her family, who have formed “Team Carmen”. Raising awareness for the “disease that whispers”. Her story is tragic and inspires us to educate women in her honor.
August 6,1949 – June 4, 2008

Last updated on: 01/19/2011


She is missed each and every moment of every day. I have to believe that there was a higher purpose for her death. It has now become my mission to raise awareness in my professional, personal, and every day life. It has also become my life mission to see if not a cure, then at the very least an early detection screening test for this deadly disease. Thank you V for the beautiful words and dedication. I am so honored, as I know she would have been as well.

Alexis Nibe – 01/20/2011

My sister, my friend, there is not a day that goes by that I don’t think of you. There are so many times that I need to speak to you so I look to the Heavens and there you are – your wonderful smile is always upon us. Wow, the void is so great, the pain so intense, and your friendship ever lasting!! I love you, Thelma.

– 01/23/2011

I thank you humbly for shiarng your wisdom JJWY

Gertie Gertie – 06/02/2011

That’s not just logic. That’s rlealy sensible.

Alexavia Alexavia – 12/20/2011