The Overview: August 2023

Special Registration for National Conference Ends Thursday, August 31st

Ovarian Cancer Research Alliance, Ovarian Cancer National Conference

OCRA’s Ovarian Cancer National Conference returns virtually on November 1st – 3rd with important updates on research, care, and resources from top experts in the field. Topics will include new treatment developments, symptom management, caregiver concerns, and more, with interactive sessions and opportunities to connect. Regular $75 registration begins September 1st. 

September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

Graphic: teal circle with the words Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month. Across the middle of the circle, the word September appears on a gold ribbon. OCRA logo is in below the ribbon.

Our community is showing up strong for September, and we’re ready to make a big impact. You can help spread the word, and bring us closer to our fundraising goal that will drive forward more discoveries. Be sure to download our special badge and risk/prevention graphics to share on your website and social posts throughout September.

Register for In-Person Advocacy Day

OCRA’s Fall Advocacy Day returns to Capitol Hill on October 23rd – 24th, and registration is open now. Training will be included, and no advocacy experience is required. Space is limited. Learn more and join us to make your voice heard.

Jill McGill Brings Ovarian Cancer Cause to U.S. Senior Women’s Open

Jill McGill, 2022 U.S. Senior Women’s Open champ, spoke to reporters at this year’s tournament about how her sister/caddie Shelley O’Keefe’s diagnosis inspired her to champion OCRA and the fight to end ovarian cancer.

Jill McGill talks to reporters about OCRA at 2023 U.S. Senior Women’s Open

Newk’s Eatery and Newk’s Cares

Newk’s Eatery is launching several Newk’s Cares initiatives this September to further their extraordinary impact. If you live in the southeastern U.S., or Maryland, or are traveling through, be sure to stop by a Newk’s Eatery to grab a special edition cup, make a gift at the register, and thank our partner in the fight for their commitment to finding an ovarian cancer cure.

Make-A-Will Month

August is National Make-A-Will Month. Including OCRA in your estate planning enables you to make a lasting commitment to the ovarian cancer community, and we have the tools to help you get started. 

Don’t miss these August updates

  • OCRA’s President & CEO Audra Moran spoke with Westfair Business Journal about the direction of ovarian cancer research and prevention, and how OCRA’s programs are moving the needle forward, in this in-depth profile.
  • The ongoing chemotherapy drug shortage is affecting ovarian cancer patients not only when it comes to treatment regimens, but it is also negatively impacting mental health, Stat News reports.
  • Dr. Benjamin Bitler discusses his research project aiming to predict ovarian cancer recurrence and provide secondary treatments in this grantee profile.
  • OCRA Heroes Sam Bonaddio and Lawrence Green are harnessing the power of everyday technology to spread the word and fundraise for a cure.
  • Don’t forget to send us your photos, which can help inspire others and may even be featured in a video for our National Conference. Share them here.

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