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In the Teal Spotlight


Hope Rose CollectionLeSportsac Introduces New "Hope Rose" Collection to Benefit OCRFrose 

This September, LeSportsac continues its cancer awareness program, "The Hope Collection," with the introduction of a new print designed exclusively for OCRF. The "Hope Rose" collection, featuring a universal floral on a black background, with memorable pops of plum and OCRF's signature teal, is available in 28 styles, including an assortment of cosmetics, handbags, totes, and weekenders, as well as a Hope Rose Teal Ribbon Charm. Hope Embroidery, a showcase piece, is a plum rectangular cosmetic with the word "hope" embroidered in teal, along with a teal grosgrain ribbon.

The collection is available for purchase at all LeSportsac stores, as well as select Macy's, Lord & Taylor, Bloomingdale's, Dillard's and Boscov's locations, online at,, Zappos and Amazon, and at many smaller boutiques. Each item in the collection will help make a difference, as LeSportsac will donate a portion of proceeds to OCRF. To purchase online, please click here.


Research News


Maria Barbolina

Maria Barbolina, Ph.D.

Q&A with Maria Barbolina, Ph.D., Liz Tilberis Early Career Award Recipientq 

Dr. Maria Barbolina is a 2013 OCRF Liz Tilberis Early Career Award Grant Recipient focusing her efforts on better understanding a protein called the fraktaline receptor, which is expressed in most epithelial ovarian cancers, in hopes of identifying a potential drug target. In this interview with OCRF's Sarah DeFeo, Dr. Barbolina discusses why she chose to enter the field of ovarian cancer research, and what it means to receive a grant from OCRF. Read more.



Weiping Zou, M.D., Ph.D.

OCRF Researchers Find Some Immune Cells Aid Cancer Growthaid 

A new OCRF-funded study from senior author Weiping Zou, M.D., Ph.D., and researchers at the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center found that a subset of immune cells, called myeloid derived suppressor cells, do more harm than good by providing a niche where the cancer stem cells survive. The research is published in the journal Immunity. Read more.


Helq Gene Increases Ovarian Cancer Riskhelq 

Researchers in the UK have identified a gene in mice that, if faulty, may increase the chance of developing ovarian cancer. The findings were published in the journal Nature. Read more.


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OCRF Newsride


Ovarian Cycle Indoor RideReady. Set. Ride! with OCRF's Ovarian Cycle Events in Austin and NYC this September

Now for the first time, you can Ready. Set. Ride! for research during Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, as OCRF's Ovarian Cycle hosts rides in Austin, Texas, and New York City. There's still time to reserve an indoor bike at CYC in Austin on September 22nd, or at Soul West 77 on September 28th.

With registration and a fundraising minimum pledge, participants will receive an event t-shirt and gift bag loaded with goodies, plus an unforgettable day complete with food, refreshments, and other surprises in an energy-filled room packed with people riding for the cause. For a full list of upcoming rides this fall, and to register for an event near you, visit


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OCRF Team Hope All-Starsstz


Memorial FundraiserOn June 8th, supporters in Bethesda, Maryland, gathered at Brickside Food and Drink to raise money and awareness at the 5th Annual Beth Walton Memorial Fundraiser. Guests enjoyed complimentary appetizers, drink specials, and a silent auction. Survivor gifts and silent auction items were generously donated from Etsy community sponsors, and donations were collected at the door. By event's end, $8,000 was raised for OCRF. Thank you and congratulations to everyone involved in this fantastic event! can join OCRF Team Hope this September by creating your very own page or event. Click here to get started, or email Melissa Chemick for more information. You could be our next OCRF Team Hope All-Star!


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Upcoming Events: Join OCRF Team Hope for Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month!calendar


September 1 - 30th - Give and Bare It! with Haven Spa and Eve Salon - New York, NY

September 1 - 30th - Turn the Town Teal - Stow, OH

September 1 - 30th - Project Hercules "30 Day Yoga Challenge" - Falls Church, VA

September 1 - 30th - Teal Toes for Ovarian Cancer Awareness Benefiting OCRF in Memory of Joan Seman - Cincinnati, OH

September 14th - 1st Annual Petrita Hendrix Memorial Ovarian Cancer Walk-a-Thon - Farmington, NM

September 14th - Help Kick Cancer - Wayland, MA

September 14th - The Burnie Run - Iuka, MS

September 14th - Zumba for a Cure - New Tazewell, TN

September 14th - The Frostburg Soroptomist Vicki Linn Walk for Ovarian Cancer Awareness - Frostburg, MD

September 16th - SEE Eyewear "Protect Your Privates" Campaign - Nationwide

September 19th - Alex and Ani Campaign Launch In-Store Event - CA, CA, MI, NY, UT

September 20th - Nordstrom Fit Party with NYDJ - AZ, FL, WA

September 21st - 2nd Annual Old Fashion Tea to Benefit OCRF - Mt. Shasta, CA

September 21st - Teal to Pink Women's Health Day - Montclair, NJ

September 21st - Nordstrom Fit Party with NYDJ - NJ, NY, TX

September 22nd - 3rd Annual Toasting to Teal - Saratoga, CA

September 22nd - Ovarian Cycle Ready. Set. Ride! - Austin, TX

September 22nd - On the Wings of Hope Teal Ribbon Luncheon and Silent Auction - Wilmington, DE

September 23rd - SEE Eyewear "Protect Your Privates" Campaign - Nationwide

September 27th - Cocktails for a Cause - Dove Canyon, CA

September 28th - Ovarian Cycle Ready. Set. Ride! - New York, NY

September 28 - 29th - "Strike Out Ovarian Cancer" Softball Tournament - Norfolk, VA

September 30th - BRCA and Ovarian Cancer: Risk, Prevention, Detection, and Treatment - Free Educational Webinar

September 30th - Breast and Ovarian Cancer Symposium at Central Synagogue - New York, NY

September 30th - SEE Eyewear "Protect Your Privates" Campaign - Nationwide




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