Teal at the Turtle Back Zoo

by Ellie Habib




Campaign has ended


It's almost September and you know what that means - it's Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month! 

Last year, Dan and I worked hard to fundraise at our wedding and throughout the month of September and we were able to raise over $5,000 and we're hoping to do that again! In the past year, the money donated to STAAR Ovarian Cancer Foundation has directly funded research that is specific to Low Grade Serous Ovarian Cancer. With an extremely high recurrence rate, it's almost like I'm in limbo just waiting for my current treatment to stop working. That's exactly why I need your help to make sure that if or when that does happen, there will be other treatment plans for me to try. I really want to live a long and happy life with all of my friends and family! 

Join us on September 18, 2022 at the lovely Turtle Back Zoo in West Orange, New Jersey! While this event will run from 11am-2pm (that's when I'll be there to greet you outside the zoo!), there really is no time limit. If you purchase tickets through this event, your name will be on our guest list and you will be able to arrive at the zoo and provide your name(s) whenever you would like throughout the day. There are picnic tables if you would like to bring your own lunch and there are plenty of food options within the zoo! 

If you are not able to attend the event in person, please consider donating and please please share this fundraiser with your networks! You can also create your own team and link it with my event. Let me know how I can help! 

Can't wait to see you at the zoo!

Ellie Habib


This year, over 21,000 women will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer and about 14,000 women will die. There is no screening or early detection test available. Symptoms are subtle which results in only 20 percent of ovarian tumors being detected before they have progressed to an advanced stage.

STAAR Ovarian Cancer Foundation has created the Step Up America for Ovarian Cancer Campaign to raise awareness and funding for research, especially for the rare subtype, Low-Grade Serous Carcinoma.

Every year, women of all ages are affected by ovarian cancer, especially the rare form low-grade serous ovarian cancer (LGSC) which disproportionately affects younger women. The lack of screening tests and limited research for ovarian cancer adds to the importance of educating women about the symptoms of ovarian cancer and the need to raise funding for research, to help give these young women better treatment options and longer lives.  

Funds raised will support ovarian cancer research. STAAR is governed and run 100% by a volunteer board and committee members, half of whom are women previously diagnosed with LGSC. Since 2020, STAAR has contributed to funding two research project at MD Anderson Cancer Center with the most recent funding a LGSC research study for $150,000. 

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