The Overview: December 2021

This time of year always has us reflecting on what we’ve accomplished, what we hope to achieve in the future, and how we — with the support of the entire ovarian cancer community — can lean in even harder to our commitment of being a voice for all those touched by the disease, and finding better treatments and a cure.


Research OCRA
  • More than one-third of those with ovarian cancer develop ascites, an accumulation of fluid in the abdomen. Learn more about this condition and how it can be treated.
Dr. Kate Lawrenson
Dr. Kate Lawrenson, lead author of drug target study


Advocacy OCRA
  • Survivors Teaching Students is seeking volunteers! Opportunities are available for all, including those who live where we have no current STS presence. We need survivors and caregivers of all ages, races and ethnicities to share their stories in order to educate rising healthcare professionals.
  • Want to come join our Policy Team in Washington, DC? We are currently seeking outstanding candidates who are interested in becoming powerhouse advocates. If you are a recent graduate or are pursuing a master’s degree in the field of Public Health, Public Policy or a related discipline, please consider applying for the Ann Kolker Advocacy Fellowship.

Patient Support & Programs

Support OCRA
  • Read about ways to thrive after a diagnosis, with practical tips from a doctor who presented at our Ovarian Cancer National Conference, as well as insightful advice from our community.
  • Our patient support team has been quite busy meeting the needs of our community this year. Since January, they have answered calls from more than 1,070 people on the patient support line, served more than 700 people through the Staying Connected virtual support group series, and made more than 470 matches through our Woman to Woman peer support program. If you, or someone you know, needs to connect, there are many ways to get help.

Ways to Give

Ways to Give OCRA

A generous Board Member is matching every gift made this month, up to $500,000, as we raise crucial end-of-year funds that will determine the research grants we can give in the future. Please donate today!

Of course, it’s easier than ever to support OCRA at the same time as you purchase gifts for everyone on your list this holiday season.

  • If you’re planning to shop with Amazon, choose OCRA as your Amazon Smile charity of choice, and a portion of your purchases will support the fight against ovarian cancer. To date, Amazon shoppers have raised $36,000 for OCRA’s research and programs.
  • With Cheerful Giving, you can round up your everyday purchases and donate the spare change to OCRA. A few cents here, a few cents there — every penny gets us one step closer to finding a cure.

Here are some ways that you can make your gift go farther this holiday season:

  • OCRA now accepts donations of cryptocurrency! Now is the perfect time to take advantage of this fast, secure and life-changing way to fund cutting edge research and vital patient support and advocacy programs. Crypto donations are non-taxable, meaning you do not owe capital gains tax on the appreciated amount, and is tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. Learn more about donating crypto.
  • Stock donations can often be more valuable than selling the stock and donating the proceeds. You receive a tax letter for the full market value of the stock and avoid federal capital gains taxes. Your financial advisor can assist you in making a gift of stock and we can provide instructions for electronic transfer.
  • If you are age 70 ½ or older, you can make a tax-free donation of up to $100,000 directly from your IRA account. Contact your IRA administrator directly to set up a transfer of funds.

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