2018 Annual Appeal – Letter from our President

Your help allows us to help more women in need!

Our founder, nine-year survivor Patricia Franchi Flaherty, took a stand when she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer a second time in 2006. She spent the next two years – the last two years – of her life filled with determination, drive and a passion to create Ovations for the Cure of Ovarian Cancer.

Before we know it, the holiday season will be here and during this season of giving, I want you to know that I am grateful for the continued support of individuals like yourself who have helped to fund our current patient programs. We hope to expand these programs in 2019 – but we need your help to accomplish this goal.

Because of people like you, in 2018 we were able to provide over 650 healthy meals to our patients and their families. This program provides patients with free healthy and easy to prepare meals.

“Preparing fresh, quality, home cooked meals takes time, thought and money. This program took care of all of that for me. Thank you – I truly appreciated the quality and easy to prepare meals, they were delicious” – K.M.

We were able to provide over 200 patients with one of our Princess Bead and Bracelets. The Princess Bead and Bracelet program is intended to be a show of support for the patients. This program is offered nationwide to all women fighting ovarian cancer.

“I just wanted to say thank you all for the beautiful bracelet! It arrived just after my birthday! I’m grateful for each birthday I am still on the planet! Your gesture of support is so special!” – N.P.

We hosted 145 patients and care partners at our Annual Learning for Living Symposium. The Symposium is an annual forum designed to educate and update patients, survivors and their care partners – at no cost to them – on the latest in ovarian cancer research, treatment and therapies. Held at the Four Seasons in Boston this day was created not just to educate – but to make every person attending feel special, cared for and supported. The luncheon following the Symposium allows all attendees to interact with each other and beautiful friendships have been made at this event.

“The topics covered were amazing and informative – the entire day is just wonderful. My yearly day of hope and friendship. Thank you for doing this.” – J.L.

This year there was approximately 22,240 new cases of ovarian cancer diagnosed and sadly, 14,070 will not survive. That is why in 2018, we donated over $22,000 to Dr. Ursula Matulonis’ Research Fund at Dana Farber. We know that all our efforts are only possible because of the contributions and support we receive from donors like you.

Thank you for believing in us and supporting our mission,

Paul Flaherty

Please click here to support Ovations for the Cure’s mission to help and support women fighting ovarian cancer

GNOCA 5K Run/Walk in honor of Jackie Poor & Paula Holm – September 30, 2018

Sunday, September 30, 2018
Michael’s Harborside Restaurant, Newburyport, MA
Online Registration Is Now CLOSED. Day of Registration Starts at 8 am on Sunday, September 30th
Run/Walk Starts at 10 am

With the gracious assistance and support of the Winner’s Circle Running Club, we invite you to enjoy a 5K run or family-friendly stroll through scenic Newburyport, starting and ending at Michael’s Harborside Restaurant & Bar!

This will be 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.

Be a part of the movement to raise awareness against this silent killer and raise funds to stop this insidious cancer beginning by funding research to create early detection tests. Together we can put a stop to this so it’s not in our children’s future.

Click here to register for the GNOCA 5K Run/Walk in honor of Jackie Poor & Paula Holm today!

12th Annual Learning for Living Symposium – September 15, 2018

September 15, 2018
Registration Starts: 8 AM
Symposium Starts: 8:30 AM
Day Ends: 2pm
Four Seasons Hotel, Boston

You and a guest are invited to a forum hosted for ovarian cancer patients, survivors, care partners and those working closely with ovarian cancer patients where the most recent updates and information will be presented by medical experts in the field of gynecological oncology and treatment.

Lunch will be provided free of charge in the Aujourd’hui dining area of the Four Seasons Hotel.

2018 Speakers and Topics

Ron Peck, M.D.

  • Emerging Therapies and Clinical Trials in Ovarian Cancer

David Spriggs, M.D.

  • CA125 Screening and Biology
  • New Treatment Paradigms

Whitfield Growdon, M.D.

  • The Great Debate: When to use PARP inhibition in ovarian cancer.
  • Unlocking the therapeutic potential of PARP inhibition as a maintenance and tertiary therapy.

David Boruta, M.D.

  • Can cutting help cure? The role of surgery in ovarian cancer care.

Elizabeth Lokich, M.D.

  • Cancer Survivorship – It takes more than effective treatment.

Laura Scattareggia, Survivor

  • A Standing Ovation Just For You…The Survivor

RSVP today by completing the form below, or contact Susan at susan@ovationsforthecure.org or 508-655-5412.

The 10th Annual Carol Hanf Memorial Golf Tournament – September 14, 2018

Friday, September 14, 2018
Start: 8:30am
Brook Meadow Country Club
100 Everendon Road
Canton, MA

This is the 10 th Annual Carol Hanf Memorial Golf Tournament in remembrance of Carol Hanf. She passed
away 14 years ago from ovarian cancer, and her fighting spirit still lives in her daughters Alyson and
Brook Meadow Country Club is 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!
Event details:
This year’s tournament will be a Florida-style 8:30 a.m. shotgun start and includes green fees, cart, cash
bar and continental breakfast and lunch. Continental breakfast starts promptly at 7:00 a.m.
There will be an awards banquet with charitable drawings, prizing and door prizes. How can I participate?

Register online today!


Can’t make the event – feel free to make a donation to support the cause!

GNOCA Presents A Night Of Comedy At The Firehouse – September 7th, 2018

Friday, September 7th, 2018
The Firehouse Center for the Performing Arts, Newburyport, MA

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

Donation $28 per person

Tickets on Sale NOW!

Visit the Firehouse at www.firehouse.org or call (978) 462-7336

The Boston Comedy Project promotes and supports women from the Boston Area Standup Comedy Scene! Don’t miss the chance to see four of these funny females along with their MC – Martha Rollins serving up an evening of LAUGHTER!

Presented by 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!



This quirky quartet is composed of four versatile comedians — Kendra Cunningham, Emma Willmann, Jaye McBride, and Chanel Ali. Though each has developed an enthusiastic following of her own, together they pack a wallop — a full evening of wry commentary, off-kilter wit and incisive hilarity.

Click Here to Get Your Tickets Today!

GNOCA 8th Annual Lantern Festival – September 2nd, 2018

Sunday, September 2nd, 2018 (Rain date Monday, September 3)
Bartlett Mall Frog Pond, Newburyport

In the Asian tradition, we will remember families and friends and makes 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, MA 01960
(978) 225-6700

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!

Fran Morast’s Virtual Fundraiser – Ongoing

Thank you for your support. Because of your help, this event raised over $5,100!
Frances Filippetti Morast was taken too early from her family and friends because of ovarian cancer. She died eleven years ago, and each day since her family has tried to emulate her life of love and caring, and respond to Fran’s deep desire that others would not have to suffer this terrible disease.

For ten years, The Frances Filippetti Morast 5K Walk/Run was held in Bridgewater, MA as a fundraiser to help the causes she cared deeply about – educating and preventing ovarian cancer, as well as providing scholarships to graduating seniors from the Bridgewater-Raynham High School. This year our focused has narrowed to saving women from ovarian cancer through early diagnosis and treatment options by this fundraising effort to benefit OVATIONS FOR THE CURE.

Therefore, this year, we have chosen to forgo the actual Walk/Run in favor of a Virtual Direct Appeal to each of you to make a contribution to Ovations in memory of Fran on her Ovations webpage.

Unfortunately, many of you are already aware of the pain and suffering that a diagnosis of ovarian cancer brings to a wide circle of family and friends. Please help us as we join together to make a difference in that scenario. Your past contributions, through Ovations, have funded educational programs for physicians and patients, cancer research, positive help for those undergoing treatment, and many other important activities focused on a road to recovery for ovarian cancer patients.

Our Virtual Fundraiser has no fee, only our plea for a donation of any amount. This allows 100% of your donation to fund the efforts of Ovations mission statement.

Please join us as we try to keep others from the sadness of losing a friend or family member to ovarian cancer.

Thank you for your support.

Click here to donate, in memory of Frances.

W.A.R. Walk and Run Against Ovarian Cancer – June 10th, 2018

Sunday, June 10th, 2018
Barbieri School, Framingham, MA

Please join us on our annual family-friendly W.A.R. (Walk and Run) Against Ovarian Cancer in Framingham starting at the Barbieri School, 100 Dudley Road, Framingham, MA. 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 hills.
This is our major fundraiser that helps to fund our mission of providing support to local patients and their families, education and awareness and help to fund critical research.

We welcome leashed, well-socialized, four-legged family members to join in the fight against ovarian cancer.

Be a part of this movement as we create a “sea of teal” in Framingham because together we can make a difference!

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