Friday, July 20, 2007

Ovarian Cancer Survivors present $25,000 donation to Stony Brook University Medical Center

Ovarian cancer survivors and OCEANS (Ovarian Cancer Education Advocacy Network & Support) members presented a $25,000 donation to Stony Brook University Medical Center at the “Wave of Hope” Gala. Accepting the gift was Michael L. Pearl, M.D., Director, Division of Gynecologic Oncology, Stony Brook University Medical Center, second from right. Dr. Pearl was honored at the event for his dedication and commitment to ovarian cancer research. Also pictured, from left, are: Gail Habicht, Ph.D., Vice President for Research, SBUMC; Richard N. Fine, M.D., Dean, Stony Brook University School of Medicine, and OCEANS members Khrissy Lupinacci (gala organizer), Eileen Tobin, and Eileen Cox.

STONY BROOK, N.Y., November 8, 2006 – Long Island OCEANS (Ovarian Cancer Education Advocacy Network & Support) donated $25,000 to Stony Brook University Medical Center at OCEANS “Wave of Hope” Gala. The funds will support several ovarian cancer research initiatives centering on early detection of disease. Approximately 300 attended the gala, held on November 2 at Giorgio’s Restaurant & Catering at Fox Hill in Baiting Hollow, N.Y.

Several women treated for ovarian cancer at SBUMC launched OCEANS in 2004. The grassroots organization provides awareness and education about ovarian cancer and other gynecologic cancers for women with these diseases.

During the event, OCEANS honored Michael L. Pearl, M.D., Director, Division of Gynecologic Oncology at SBUMC, for his work and commitment to research, and Congressman Steve Israel (D-NY), for his support in the search for cures.According to the American Cancer Society, ovarian cancer claims the lives of more than 20,000 women each year.

Many women are diagnosed in the latter stages because symptoms often do not occur until the disease is advanced. OCEANS networks to support the advancement of research for early detection and treatment. Each year OCEANS holds a gala to raise funds for research.


a beacon of hope for those affected by Ovarian Cancer & Gynecologic Cancers

About Us:

LI OCEANS is an acronym for Long Island Ovarian Cancer Education Advocacy Network & Support. Our group is comprised of women living with Ovarian & Gynecological cancers, from the newly diagnosed to the long-term survivor.

In 2004, several women personally affected by Ovarian Cancer met, exchanged ideas, shared stories, identified the need for change, merged ultimate values and priorities and then made a decision that would transform lives.

They didn't know where they would find the time, the energy, nor the money to create an organization for women with Ovarian & Gynecologic Cancers, but they forged ahead nevertheless, with hope as their guiding light. They knew that without their understanding, passion and strength that other women with ovarian cancer would continue to suffer in isolation.

LI OCEANS recognized the urgent need for awareness; advocacy and action-they aspired to be the voice for Ovarian Cancer and save the precious lives of our mothers, sisters, daughters, grandmothers, friends & neighbors!

Our goal is to create awareness among women the medical community and the greater population regarding early warning signs and symptoms that may be indicative of ovarian cancer, resulting in earlier detection.

Our purpose is to provide support, resources, networking, and education for those women diagnosed with ovarian and gynecologic cancers. We support the advancement of research for early detection and cure of ovarian cancer.

Our mission is to educate, advocates with the ultimate hope to eradicate this deadly disease!

LI OCEANS is a 501(c)(3) non-profit approved by the IRS. Your tax-deductible contributions allow us to continue our battle against ovarian cancer, to raise awareness in the community and to provide education and support to ovarian cancer victims and their families through a network of survivors.

How Can I Help? We are always in need of volunteers!

We need people just like you! Please Help Get the Word Out!

We need you! Tell someone you love about ovarian cancer and the symptoms to watch. When you care, keeping quiet is not an option. Until there’s a test, word of mouth is best.

Together we can save lives.

Volunteer your time and talents to get the word out.

LI OCEANS INC greatly appreciates the support from our friends who host fundraising events on the LI OCEANS behalf.

If you would like to host an event to benefit the LI OCEANS here are a few ideas:

Rubber Duck Race
House party/ tea party or picnic
Walking/Running Event
Night At The Races
Hiking or Biking Event
Health and wellness day at your local workout club
Game night - Trivia night- Poker Party-Name that tune
Karaoke Yard Sale- Plant Sale- Bake Sale
Wine Tasting -wine and cheese evening
Fashion show
Murder Mystery-50’s,60’s,70’s Dance
Host A Teal Awareness Day
Golf tournament -tennis tournament

September is National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month.