Ovar'coming Together was founded in 1996 (and incorporated in 2003) by Pam Faerber, Nancy Hines and Kai Binford - three Indianapolis women who were united as a result of having been diagnosed with ovarian cancer. The three were concerned with the lack of information available to women regarding ovarian cancer and recognized the importance and need for information and peer support.
In 1997, Ovar'coming Together and its Founders helped to co-found the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance (OCNA), now the Ovarian Cancer Research Alliance (following a merger of OCNA with the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund in 2016).
Ovar'coming Together serves the entire state of Indiana. It is dedicated to improving the quality of life for women diagnosed with ovarian cancer and increasing early detection resulting in a reduction of the number of women who die from the disease.
(Ovar'coming Together is located
in the Historic Marott Building.)
2625 N. Meridian Street
Indianapolis, IN 46208
Toll Free: 855-855-OVAR
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GIVING IDEAS FOR BUSINESSES
SPONSOR AN EVENT!
Teal Ribbon Basket BINGO Benefit
OVAR'Ride Charity Motorcycle Ride
Turn the Canal TEAL
Teal Ribbon Ovarian Cancer Run Walk
HOLD A SPECIAL PROMOTION.
Donate a portion of proceeds from customer purchases of a specific item or service during a designated time period. We will share your promotion via eblasts and social media, and provide awareness materials.
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PARTICIPATE IN AN EVENT!
Buy a discounted table of 10 and treat your staff to Basket BINGO!
Assemble a team for the Run Walk. Design and wear your own shirts to show your company's support. Raise Funds online. Use the outing as an opportunity for team-building!
SPECIAL PROJECTS / PROJECT LEADERSHIP
SURVIVORS TEACHING STUDENTS (STS)
HEALTH FAIR BOOTH OPERATOR
ASSEMBLE HOPE PACKETS
DELIVERIES & PICK-UPS
Let's Stop Ovarian Cancer!
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Your Donation Makes a Difference.
FIGHTING OVARIAN CANCER IN INDIANA
EARLY DETECTION IS KEY
What is Ovarian Cancer?
Cancer is a disease in which some of the body’s cells begin to divide without stopping, and spread into surrounding tissue. Ovarian cancers are a group of diseases that affect a woman’s ovaries.
There are several types of ovarian cancer. While these diseases are all called “ovarian” because they affect the ovaries, they are actually unique in terms of their origin, how they look under a microscope, treatment and prognosis. Ovarian tumors can be benign (noncancerous) or malignant (cancerous). Although abnormal, cells of benign tumors do not metastasize (spread to other parts of the body).
Additionally, ovarian cysts are different than ovarian tumors, and can be fairly common—ovarian cysts are fluid-filled while ovarian tumors are solid masses. Most ovarian cysts are not harmful, don’t cause symptoms and are not indicative of risk for future ovarian cancer, though some complex ovarian cysts may raise the risk.
MAKING A DIFFERENCE TOGETHER
Not everyone understands the importance of fighting Ovarian Cancer. YOU DO!
Please help Ovar'coming Together create awareness regarding the symptoms and risk factors of ovarian cancer and support ovarian cancer survivors and caregivers. Remember, there is NO SCREENING TEST. Help us spread the word!
How We Help
with support and education
Medical Students reached via Survivors Teaching Students® since it
began in Indiana
Individuals Reached through Awareness Events
HOPE Packets given to newly-diagnosed
women & Gyn Onc
When it comes to cancer, knowledge is power. Education is critical for prevention and early detection. Public engagement is critical to effect change. Ovar'coming Together is committed to increasing dialogue and action around ovarian cancer.
Ovar'coming Together provides support to ovarian cancer survivors, family members and caregivers through education, encouragement, connections, and offering friendship, hope and understanding.
Ovar'coming Together's events are about making positive differences! They raise funds to fulfill the mission of the organization. They also create awareness and provide a sense of community to those affected by the disease.
Need To Know...
▪Anyone with ovaries, REGARDLESS OF AGE, is at risk for ovarian cancer.
▪A PAP SMEAR DOES NOT screen for ovarian cancer. It is designed to detect cervical cancer.
▪If diagnosed with ovarian cancer, it's important to be treated by a Gynecologic Oncologist. Studies show women treated by Gyn Oncs have greater likelihood for improved outcomes.