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

JoAndrea Barnes

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She was a mother, daughter, sister, aunt, cousin, niece and best friend to many. She had an open heart and a happy soul. She touched many lives in different ways and her spirit lives on in the hearts of us all.

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Jo Barnes was the kind of person you hope to meet and are proud to know. Strong, caring, positive, witty, smart, genuine, hopeful and fun. Being around her was always quality time. She was a wonderful mother to her daughter Zoey and you can see her spirit instilled there. Her fierce sense of loyalty and friendship meant a community of people who loved her deeply. Her “living funeral” brought hundreds of people together to celebrate her life. She will be missed as much as she was loved.
The 2009 Spring Art Festival, a “Community of Friends Project”, is dedicated to raising money to support ongoing research to help fight ovarian cancer. All proceeds will be donated to the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund.

Last updated on: 05/12/2009


When someone like Jo comes into your life, you don’t realize the number of gaps (big and small) that are created when they are gone. I miss my friend…every single day.

Julie Bird – 05/13/2009

I miss my friend Jo, so much and think about her everyday! I will never forget her, and I have her to thank for my new friends she introduced me to. I will cherish my new friendships like I cherish my friendship with Jo. I miss you so much JoMama!!

Kathy Knaebel – 05/13/2009

Jo has had a huge impact on my life both when she was here and even now that she is gone physically. I think of her often. Instead of WWJD (what would Jesus do?) I think “What would Jo do?” The gifts she left me are to face the fear and do it anyway, live out loud, say yes more often than no, use your big voice when you need to, try to learn something from your life every day and most of all, enjoy yourself. Don’t be too serious. Her zest and energy and love permiate my soul. She is with me every day. I love you Jo Jo.

Christa Colwell – 10/09/2009

Cool! That’s a clever way of lonkoig at it!

Amberly Amberly – 06/02/2011

Hi, I’m almost sneeetven years old and you answered my question thank you!YOUR SPEECH IS AMAZING!!!!! I love it and you really organized it very well! I love what you added as well and I think you should! You’re really on a good roll for presenting your speech. I would add in a few more lines, however it should come from the heart. So, my suggestion to you is to add that bit what you showed us and perhaps more about melanoma and I think you’ll be good! Your speech is amazing and I don’t want to add anything to your creativity because it’s so good. I apologize if I wasn’t so useful, however I wish you the best of luck!! – Amanda.

Leroi Leroi – 09/03/2012