The Overview: July 2020

There’s so much happening at OCRA – from groundbreaking research to advocacy work, patient support to fundraising efforts. Starting this summer, we will share periodic highlights so that you can stay up to date on the latest.


  • OCRA helped fund a first-of-its-kind clinical trial that validates remote genetic counseling. Learn more about the MAGENTA Trial and how a simple spit test can provide necessary information.
  • Meet some of OCRA’s Grantees and discover what motivates them to push forward in ovarian cancer research. Dr. Hui Shen explains epigenetics; Dr. Duygu Ozmadenci provides facts about FAK; and Dr. Dmitriy Zamarin offers insight into viruses, and why they may be a good thing.


  • Meet some of OCRA’s Advocate Leaders. Kandis Draw, who vows to stay in the faces of her elected officials; Denise Lobodinski who’s speaking out for those who can’t; and Sandy Sullivan, who can talk to anyone about anything. 

Patient Support & Programs

  • OCRA’s Survivor Teaching Students volunteers may not be able to go into an actual classroom these days, but that has not stopped our more than 900 volunteers from virtually sharing their stories with rising medical professionals.
  • Meet some survivors! Yvette Jives is empowering women and educating doctors; Jess BeCraft is raising funds for research of low-grade ovarian cancer; and Stacy Saravo is an Inspire Ambassador and Survivors Teaching Students Volunteer.

OCRA Heroes

Meet just a few of our many OCRA Heroes who have found creative ways to raise critical funds that support ovarian cancer research. 

  • Jesse Dunn is making meaning and memories through music.

You can create your own Facebook fundraiser in just a few simple clicks … it’s easy and impactful!


  • Our Virtual Heroes series offers fitness classes you can take from the comfort of your own home — while raising awareness of, and funds for, ovarian cancer research. Register to become a Virtual Hero so you can be the first to hear about new offerings!
Ways to Give

Ways to Give

People are shopping online more than ever before. Here are two easy ways to support OCRA while shopping from the convenience of your home!

  • AmazonSmile allows you to choose OCRA as your charity and then donates a portion of every purchase you make.
  • And you can find great coupons and browse hundreds of major retailers on, and they’ll donate a percentage of each purchase to OCRA as your selected cause.

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