Here at Kaleidoscope of Hope, we’re always taking steps to educate women about ovarian cancer through various forms of activism. In Foundation News you’ll find information on our events, our organization, our board of directors, and any new KOH information.
Board Member Receives Award
Dorinda "Dee" Sparacio, KOH Board member was presented with The Janice Lopez Ovarian Cancer Foundation's 2016 Teal Champion award on Sept. 25, 2016 at the JLOCF Concert for a Cure Event.
New Jersey Hills Article featuring our President and Vice Presidents. 8/27/16
Flamingos Across Watchung Raise Ovarian Cancer Awareness.
This article, written by TK Harrison includes the story of Nancy Ottaviano and her mother's ovarian cancer diagnosis. Nancy along with her mother's quilting friends created and distributed Teal Ovarian Cancer Quilts to KOH, NOCC and other hospitals. Read the article here.
Thank you TK Harrison and the American Quilter's Society for allowing us to share this article with our supporters.
Learn more about TK Harrison on her website.Click on image to visit the American Quilter's Society page.
Monmouth Medical Center Thanks KOH for Grant/Funding of new Equipment
Featured on the July 7, 2014 NBC Nightly News is the UPENN Vet Program whichKOH is supporting with its sponsorship of Ffoster, one of 4 dogs being trained to detect the presence of ovarian cancer through smell. This is KOH research grant dollars at work!
NBC NIGHTLY NEWS
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Memorial Sloan Kettering, Ranked #1 in Nation for Cancer Care, Thanks KOH for its SupportFrom: Richard Naum, MSK
Sent: Wednesday, July 23, 2014 8:01 AM
Subject: The Nation's Best: Memorial Sloan Kettering
Dear Kaleidoscope Of Hope,
I am delighted to let you know that U.S. News & World Report has just ranked Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center the nation's number one hospital for cancer care.
We are deeply proud of this honor, which underscores a fundamental truth guiding our mission:
MSK patients and their families are Number One in our hearts and minds every day of the year. Their courage and determination continually inspire our relentless focus on improving clinical care and expanding our understanding of cancer.
None of this would be possible without the support of generous friends like you. As we salute our colleagues in the hospital and on the front lines of cancer research, we also extend our congratulations and heartfelt thanks to you—for playing such an important role in making Memorial Sloan Kettering the very best in the nation.
Senior Vice President for Development
New genetic link to a lethal ovarian cancer has potentially been isolated. Read the article
Dogs help sniff out ovarian cancer in Pennsylvania study Friday August 9, 2013, 7:24 AM
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Researchers trying to develop a diagnostic tool for ovarian cancer are hoping dogs' keen sense of smell will lead them down the right path.
An early detection device that combines old-fashioned olfactory skills, chemical analysis and modern technology could lead to better survival rates for the disease, which is particularly deadly because it's often not caught until an advanced stage.
Using blood and tissue samples donated by patients, the University of Pennsylvania's Working Dog Center has started training three canines to sniff out the signature compound that indicates the presence of ovarian cancer.
If the animals can isolate the chemical marker, scientists at the nearby Monell Chemical Senses Center will work to create an electronic sensor to identify the same odorant.
"Because if the dogs can do it, then the question is, Can our analytical instrumentation do it? We think we can," Monell organic chemist George Preti said.
More than 20,000 Americans are diagnosed with ovarian cancer each year. When it's caught early, women have a five-year survival rate of 90 percent. But because of its generic symptoms — weight gain, bloating or constipation — the disease is more often caught late.
About 70 percent of cases are identified after the cancer has spread, said Dr. Janos Tanyi, a Penn oncologist whose patients are participating in the study. For those women, the five-year survival rate is less than 40 percent, he said.
The Philadelphia researchers will build on previous work showing that early stage ovarian cancer alters odorous compounds in the body. Another study in Britain in 2004 demonstrated that dogs could identify bladder cancer patients by smelling their urine.
Dr. Leonard Lichtenfeld, deputy chief medical officer for the American Cancer Society, said while the canine concept has shown promise for several years, there haven't been any major breakthroughs yet.
"We're still looking to see whether something could be developed and be useful in routine patient care, and we're not there yet," said Lichtenfeld, who is not involved in the study.
Cindy Otto, director of the Working Dog Center, hopes to change that with the help of McBaine, a springer spaniel; Ohlin, a Labrador retriever; and Tsunami, a German shepherd.
"If we can figure out what those chemicals are, what that fingerprint of ovarian cancer is that's in the blood — or maybe even eventually in the urine or something like that — then we can have that automated test that will be less expensive and very efficient at screening those samples," Otto said.
Ovarian cancer patient Marta Drexler, 57, is heartened by the effort. Drexler describes herself as a textbook case of the disease not being detected early enough because she had no symptoms.
After two surgeries and two rounds of chemotherapy, Drexler said she didn't hesitate when Dr. Tanyi, her physician, asked her to donate tissue to the study. Last week, she visited the Working Dog Center to meet the animals whose work might one day lead to fewer battles like hers.
"To have the opportunity to help with this dreadful disease, to do something about it, even if it's just a tiny little bit of something, it's a big thing," said Drexler, of nearby Lansdowne.
The ovarian cancer detection study is being funded by an $80,000 grant from the Madison, N.J.-based Kaleidoscope of Hope Foundation.
UPENN Vet Working Dog Center Collaborating on Ovarian Cancer Detection Study 5/1/2013
KOH provides a grant to support the research on dogs being able to sniff for ovarian cancer
FOX NEWS 5/2/2013
Can Dogs Sniff Out Cancer?
KOH provides a grant to support the research of Dr. George Preti - Fox News interviews on this subject:
THE SPARK BLOG
KOH's VP Carole Fagella is a Woman Who Rocks!
}She suggested the name "NED" No Evidence of Disease, a euphemism for remission, at the Washington DC OCNA Conference. It Stuck! N.E.D. is a group of six GYN surgeons, scattered across the country, who create and perform original music to give their patients a voice and raise awareness and funding for the disease they fight. CLICK to learn more about NED and how it's name came to be!