how we're investing our dollars
support the science behind finding a cure
For the 22,000+ women in the U.S. diagnosed with ovarian cancer and the thousands of women who continue to fight the battle against the disease each year, Ovations for the Cure of Ovarian Cancer offers the hope of a brighter future in several unique ways. Its continued funding of research, outreach for increased awareness and support and compassion for ovarian cancer patients and their families puts Ovations in a category of its own.
Ovations actively contributes funds to support the work of scientists and physicians in their efforts to better understand, treat and cure ovarian cancer. Without direct financial support from foundations like Ovations for the Cure of Ovarian Cancer, their revolutionary programs would not be possible, leaving countless women unable to receive treatment that could extend their lives. We are making a powerful difference.
the madeline franchi ovarian cancer research fund
Headed by Dr. Ursula Matulonis, Director of Medical Gynecologic Oncology at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, MA, this fund supports BH3 profiling of the relationship between cancer cells, anti-apoptic proteins and cellular survival and turnover, and studies key biological factors to develop unique therapy regimens. This program also examines the molecular profiles and signatures of ovarian cancer in order to select improved targeted treatments for patients and help understand how ovarian cancer cells elude chemotherapy drugs such as Carboplatin.
the desensitization program at brigham and women's hospital and dana-farber cancer institute
Beginning at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, MA in 1998, Dr. Mariana Castells, an allergist-immunologist, has been developing a life-saving process to desensitize ovarian cancer patients who may become allergic to some of the chemotherapy drugs prescribed to them. Without the ability to take these drugs, many patients would not be able to seek any form of treatment. Dr. Castells’ research and clinical trials, combined with Ovations’ $250,000 donation toward securing three beds at the hospital specifically for ovarian cancer patients, allow many women to become triumphant in their fight to overcome the disease.
In 2008, Ovations for the Cure of Ovarian Cancer pledged $150,000 toward a Desensitization Suite at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, also under the direction of Dr. Castells. This contribution brings the total monies donated by Ovations to the Desensitization Program to $500,000.
the ovarian cancer research fund for early detection
This fund supports a study under the direction of Dr. Marsha Moses of Children’s Hospital Boston. The Moses Lab has had a long-standing interest in identifying and characterizing the biochemical and molecular mechanisms underlying the regulation of angiogenesis during tumor progression, from the angiogenic switch through metastasis. Dr. Moses and her group are using this information to create an early detection screening test for ovarian cancer that may eventually be used at home.
the ovations for the cure of ovarian cancer research fund
Following the mission of Ovations, this fund at City of Hope Cancer Center in Los Angeles, CA supports many of the hospital’s ongoing trials and research. City of Hope is a ground-breaking research center with many new studies in progress. Currently, scientists and physicians at the hospital are investigating Bryostatin, a protein kinase C inhibitor derived from a mollusk, which has been shown to be active in the treatment of ovarian cancer.
learning for living with ovarian cancer symposium
Initiated by our late Founder, Patricia Franchi Flaherty, the Learning for Living with Ovarian Cancer Symposium is an annual forum and the first of its kind to educate and update ovarian cancer patients and survivors—at no cost to them—on the latest ovarian cancer research, treatments and therapies. During the symposium, medical experts in the field of gynecological oncology and treatment present the most recent updates and critical information. Previous presenters have included doctors from Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Children’s Hospital Boston, The Wellness Community - Greater Boston, Massachusetts General Hospital and Los Angeles’ City of Hope Cancer Center. Through this interactive informational program, patients receive the unique opportunity to listen to, learn from and ask questions of key doctors on the forefront of gynecological medicine.
patient awareness brochures
To spread awareness about ovarian cancer, its symptoms and what every woman should know about it, Ovations for the Cure of Ovarian Cancer has created educational pamphlets to display in waiting areas, on desktops and in other public locations. We have distributed over 400,000 brochures to hospitals and doctors' offices nationwide. Ovations has also created public service announcements and media campaigns through television, radio and billboard advertisements, reaching audiences across the country.
princess bead & bracelet
The Princess Bead & Bracelet program provides patients with an elegant, silver-plated bangle bracelet adorned with a teal blue crystal bead, with sterling silver imprints on each side. The bracelets are free to patients and survivors as a way of guiding them on their roads to recovery.
Ovations recognizes that ovarian cancer patients may need help and guidance while battling this disease. One of the ways we can assist patients in need is by providing a healthy, well-balanced diet. And now, through our Helping Hands program, we can provide patients with meals—free of charge—across all of the United States. These meals are not only healthy, but they're delicious too!
Ovations offers personalized guestbooks for family, friends, loved ones and even the general public to view and sign. These guestbooks are an uplifting place to write personal messages, recall memories, and show that you care, even if you live miles away. Ovations will set up a guestbook for you upon request, free of charge, to help during a difficult time. While the effects of ovarian cancer are severe, no one should have to be alone while in treatment or recovery.