Nancy Runs To Keep Hope Alive – October 13th, 2019

As many of you know, I was lucky enough to win a spot in the Chicago Marathon through their lottery system. The race is October 13th, 2019 and I have decided to use it as a platform to raise money in memory of mom.

At the end of her life mom made the comment that there was still so much more she wanted to see and do. Anyone who knew her knows she meant it. Anne Jeffries was not a woman who led an ordinary life. She wanted to help those less fortunate, see the world, and be there for those she loved so much.

There are so many milestones, events, and even mundane little routine things I wish she was here to be a part of. But mom wouldn’t want us to stay sad all the time and I am trying to make something positive come out of our sadness.

Ovarian cancer is hard to detect, and the survival rate is low, especially in advanced stages like mom had. While whatever I raise will be insignificant in the grand scheme of things, if it can help even one family then it is worth it.

When mom was first diagnosed, I scoured the internet for information to help me understand what we were up against. One of the first organizations I came across was which supports ovarian cancer research, awareness, and patient programs. Any money I raise through running the Chicago Marathon will go to this organization.

I’ve never raised money through my running before, but go big or go home, right?

I would like to raise 26.2 cents for each of the 25,949 days mom was alive. That’s $6,798.74.

Every $26.20 donation will sponsor one hundred days of mom’s life. Or an extremely generous donation of $262 will sponsor 1,000 days of her life. Donations of any size will be greatly appreciated, and hopefully, over the next six months, every day of mom’s life will be honored. Thank you for helping to keep moms memory alive!

Please click here to honor Anne Jeffries with your donation: Nancy Runs To Keep Hope Alive

Annual Teal the Field Lacrosse Game in Honor of Molly McGaffigan – April 27th, 2019

Saturday, April 27th, 2019
Grappone Stadium
Saint Anselm College
100 Saint Anselm Drive, Manchester, NH

The Saint Anselm College women’s lacrosse team will once again host the annual “Teal the Field” game to support Ovations for the Cure of Ovarian Cancer and raise awareness of this disease in honor of former teammate Molly McGaffigan.

The Hawks will be host to the New Haven Chargers for this game.

Please join us on Saturday, April 27th, 2019 to show your support!

Cruise for a Cause – May 4, 2019

Saturday, May 4, 2019
World Trade Center Pier, 200 Seaport Boulevard, Boston, MA.

Please join us as we once again “Cruise for a Cause”.

This event was such a fun time that we have decided to do it again this year!

Relax and enjoy a delicious lunch aboard The Spirit of Boston.
Have a blast on the dance floor or venture outside to the outdoor deck space and enjoy the games (life-sized Jenga, Shuffleboard, Connect Four and more)! Win some fun onboard raffles!

There is no better way to see the beautiful Boston City Skyline than from the Harbor!

Date: Saturday, May 4, 2019

Time: 11:00am Boarding Starts
12:00pm to 2:00pm Enjoy a beautiful scenic lunch on Boston Harbor

Full Buffet Lunch will be served

Cash Bar

DJ Entertainment throughout the cruise with dance floor

Ticket Price: $85 (children under 3 are complimentary)

Click here to purchase your tickets: Purchase Tickets

Tickets also available via phone at 508-655-5412.

For group seating, table reservations may be made by calling Susan at 508-655-5412.

Wachusett Girls Lacrosse Supports Ovarian Cancer – May 16th, 2019

Thursday, May 16th, 2019
Wachusett High School
1401 Main Street
Holden, MA 01520
6:30 PM

Wachusett Girls Lacrosse Supports Ovarian Cancer vs Bromfield Girls Lacrosse

This game is being played in honor of ovarian cancer survivor Molly McGaffigan.

Please join us on Thursday, May 16th, 2019 to show your support!

12th Annual W.A.R. Walk and Run Against Ovarian Cancer – June 9th, 2019

Sunday, June 9th, 2019
Barbieri School, 100 Dudley Road, Framingham, MA

Please join us on our annual family friendly W.A.R. (Walk and Run) Against Ovarian Cancer on Sunday, June 9th. This will be a 5K/3 mile walk/run that people of all abilities can be a part of as there are only a few small hills.

This is our MAJOR fundraiser that helps to support our mission of providing needed support to local women and their families dealing with an ovarian cancer diagnosis and continue our outreach to educate the public and raise more awareness about this horrible disease.

Day of Registration and Check In: 9am to 10am
Opening Remarks: 10:00 am
Walk/Run Start: 10:30am


More information is available here: 12th Annual W.A.R. Walk and Run Against Ovarian Cancer

Click here to register for W.A.R. Walk and Run Against Ovarian Cancer.

GNOCA Mad Hatter Tea Party – June 23rd, 2019

Sunday, June 23, 2019
Glenn’s Restaurant
50 Water Street
Newburyport, MA 01950
1:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Wear a hat that would make Alice proud!

Sip tea, sample sandwiches, take your chances on raffles PLUS prizes will be awarded for the MADDEST hats!

Donation of $35 per person to attend.

This event has VERY LIMITED seating – get your tickets soon so that you don’t miss any of the fun!

For tickets contact Deb Green at 978-225-6700 or email

Hope to see you there!

A very special thank you to Glenn’s Restaurant for their continued support of this special event!

A very special thank you to everyone at GNOCA for their continued support of Ovations for the Cure!

GNOCA 9th Annual Lantern Festival – Sunday, September 1st, 2019

Sunday, September 1st, 2019
6 PM to 8 PM
Bartlett Mall, Frog Pond
Newburyport, MA 01950

In the Asian tradition, we will remember families and friends and make wishes for the future.

Please join us as we decorate, light and float lanterns at dusk.

Bring a picnic supper, chair or a blanket and a flashlight
Enjoy live performances
Decorate your lantern with a special message
Calligraphers and decorating materials will be available

The event is FREE – with a suggested donation of $10 per Lantern.

Lanterns can be purchased at the event – there will be plenty of markers and stencils to decorate your lantern.

Lanterns can also be purchased in advance at Greetings by Design, 1R Water Street, Newburyport

Parking near the event is limited, so please arrive early to find a parking space nearby. Downtown Newburyport has several Public Parking lots within a 5 to 10 minute walk.

Biking or carpooling is a great idea as well!

A very special thank you to everyone at GNOCA for their continued support of Ovations for the Cure!

GNOCA Presents a Night of Comedy at The Firehouse – September 6, 2019

Friday, September 6, 2019
The Firehouse Center for the Performing Arts
Newburyport, MA
1 Market Square, Newburyport, MA 01950


Laugh yourself silly with comedians from Last Comic Standing, Comedy Central and more! Presented by Boston Comedy Chicks.

Presented by the Greater Newburyport Ovarian Cancer Awareness (GNOCA), these quirky and versatile comedians pack a wallop and provide a full evening of wry commentary, off-kilter wit and incisive hilarity!

There is something for everyone in this cutting-edge hip show!

Click here to purchase your tickets!

2019 Comedians:

Erin Maguire
Emily Ruskowski
Carolyn Plummer
Tooky Kavanagh

7:00pm: Light Refreshments in the Theater Lobby
7:30pm: Performance Begins

Tickets available now!

Click here to purchase your tickets!

Donation: $28 per person

Visit the Firehouse at or call 978-462-7336!

Family Fun Day & 5K Walk/Run Presented By Becca’s Soldiers – September 8th, 2019

Sunday, September 8th, 2019
Stanley Park, 400 Western Avenue, Westfield, MA

Ovations invites everyone to join us on a family-friendly walk through Stanley Park located at 400 Western Avenue, Westfield, MA and afterwards, to join us at our First Annual Family Fun Day. There will be music, raffles, games and more fun than you can imagine!!

This day will start with a 3 mile (5K) walk/run that people of all abilities can be a part of. We welcome leashed, well socialized, four-legged family members as well to join us in the fight against ovarian cancer.

Cash and checks will be accepted day of the event. Please make all checks payable to “Ovations for the Cure”


Day of Registration/Check In/T-Shirt Pickup: 10:00am to 10:45am

Opening and Welcome Talks: 10:45am to 11:00am

Walk/Run Start time: 11:00am

Family Fun Day continues to 2:00pm

Parking is available at the Park.

Click here to register!

Contribution Clothing LLC will be providing 20% off net profits from sales made between September 1-8th to Rebecca’s Soldiers.
“Empowering women & supporting community”

Thank you to our sponsors!

Carol Hanf Memorial Golf Tournament – September 13th, 2019

September 13th, 2019
Brookmeadow Country Club, Canton, MA

This year will be the 11th Annual Carol Hanf Memorial Golf Tournament in remembrance of Carol Hanf.

Carol passed away 14 years ago from ovarian cancer, and her fighting spirit still lives in her family and friends, especially with her daughters Alyson and Ashley.
Brookmeadow Country Club in Canton, MA will be providing us with a great course and excellent food to help commemorate her memory and give back to the community.
Proceeds from this event will benefit Ovations for the Cure.

This year’s tournament will be a Florida style 8:30am Shotgun Start and include green fees, carts, cash bar and continental breakfast and lunch. There will be an awards banquet with charitable drawings and door prizes.

Please click here to register and/or donate!