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

Kathy Antkoviak

Personal Description:


My mother just reached 53 years of age before she passed just over a year ago. I think God would argue that he’s pleased to have another angel, but knows he shouldn’t have had her yet. He’d probably admit his sadness because earthlings have not started a serious movement toward ovarian cancer research, focusing on early detection diagnostics. There’s a 90% cure rate with early diagnosis of ovarian cancer. Please help the research grow, not the list of beautiful faces on this tribute page. Focus, believe in the power of research, and donate generously in honor of our very special love, Kathy. Let’s make increasing the quantity of early diagnostics research a serious initiative. OUR GOAL SHOULD BE FOCUSED ON PROMOTING RESEARCH TO AN EXTENT THAT SURPASSES THAT OF BREAST CANCER. LET’S GO!!!

Personal Description:

Kathy radiated positivity and kindness with her presence! She had this amazing curly (frizz- prone, but fabulous) hair that glowed around her mile-wide smile. When you were with her you felt so free and always had way too much fun. She maintained a youthful spirit that allowed her to laugh loudly (a snort would slip out from time to time) and be happy in the moment. Kathy never waited around for life to happen, she knew it was happening each day and dug in and loved her life; it showed.

It is our turn to dig in and pay tribute to our missed, beautiful Kathy. Kathy wouldn’t want any other woman to go through the suffering she endured. If she was alive and able she would rock the socks off ovarian cancer by endlessly promoting funding of research directed toward early detection tools. We need to be her energy on earth, please support the research now!

Last updated on: 09/02/2009


Kristin, this is a beautiful and accurate description of her. i laughed when i read about the snorting part (true) and had a good cry also. thanks for posting this.
love aunt robin

Robin Schmidt – 11/19/2009

This forum neeedd shaking up and you?ve just done that. Great post!

Avari Avari – 06/02/2011

Articles like these put the consumer in the dreivr seat?very important.

Kory Kory – 07/14/2011

When you to to E, stay in back last car/next to last car. (from downtown end)then you’ll exit at 5th Avenue (not Madison)take the etaolcsar up, and its a 1 block walk (up stairs, turn LEFT walk towards 6th Ave)IN the Hilton walk to back of lobby for etaolcsars up to registration and market place.the second part is easy, you’ll recognizes knitters it’s cold out..you’ll see hand knit hats, scarves, socks, cowls, shawls, fingerless gloves..a progression of people wearing hand knits, all going in the same direction!Hope to get a chance to say hello tomorrow! (we (WoolStock Yarn) are next to the Whale.

Johndo Johndo – 09/03/2012