Providing ovarian cancer support and education for over 15 years, OAK aims to:
- Create an awareness regarding early warning signs that may be indicative of ovarian cancer.
- Create and promote resources for support, networking and education of women diagnosed with ovarian cancer and their families.
- Unite and educate individuals, the medical community and organizations to achieve earlier diagnosis, better treatment and a cure for ovarian cancer.
- Advance ovarian cancer research toward earlier diagnosis, better treatment and a cure.
The diagnosis of Ovarian Cancer can be overwhelming. OAK offers support, networking tools and resources to help you in your healing journey.
How you can help:
Ovarian Awareness of Kentucky (OAK) wants to make a difference in the lives of those affected by ovarian cancer. You can help further our mission by making a financial donation to OAK, giving your time as a volunteer, raising funds in your community, or advocating for women across the state to know the signs & symptoms of ovarian cancer.
With your help, we can expand our outreach and awareness programs and fund further research for better treatment and ultimately a cure for ovarian cancer.
There are a variety of ways you can donate to OAK. Click here to donate.
We have a variety of volunteer opportunities: at our office, health fairs, community education meetings, medical students training, and events. Click here to discuss volunteer opportunities with us.
- Raise Funds
Any person or group that would like to fundraise can contact the office at 502-708-1625 for awareness materials and help with planning.
Get involved as we support ongoing legislation to improve the lives of those affected by ovarian cancer.
View our calendar of events to learn how you can participate.
History of OAK
Jill Doimer and the late Judy Morris created Ovarian Awareness of Kentucky in April 2001.
Judy with her brothers Bill & John Baker
Judy had ovarian cancer and had no support group in Louisville at the time of diagnosis. She wanted that to change for those other women who were diagnosed. Jill’s mother lived another state and had ovarian cancer. The two met on the Internet in the ACOR Ovarian Cancer Problems Discussion List group. The two decided to form an alliance and raise awareness in the community of ovarian cancer.
The creation of OAK was a gathering of women who had ovarian cancer and let them share experiences through monthly support group meetings. Education and awareness for ovarian cancer was unheard of in the Louisville area; known as the “silent” disease. With that, Jill & Judy pledged to reach the surrounding communities and entire state by holding free educational seminars, attending health and city fairs to distribute information and direct mail marketing to the gynecologists, libraries and health departments.
Judy found the following poem to be so true of her experience.
The OAK Tree:
A mighty wind Blew night and day. It stole the oak tree’s leaves away, Then snapped its boughs And pulled it bark Until the oak was tired and stark. But still the oak tree held its ground While other trees fell all around. The weary wind gave up and spoke, “How can you still be standing, Oak?” The oak tree said, “I know that you Can break each branch of mine in two, Carry every leaf away, Shake my limbs, and make me sway. But I have roots stretched in the earth, Growing stronger since my birth. You’ll never touch them, for you see, They are the deepest part of me. Until today, I wasn’t sure Of just how much I could endure. But now I’ve found, with thanks to you I’m stronger than I ever knew.”Author unknown
Jill and Judy found they needed to include women diagnosed with any gynecological cancer as there were no support groups available for them either.
They partnered with the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance to help them learn how to better reach these goals. They attended training seminars and put their plans into action. The group has since blossomed in many ways. In addition to their initial goals, they now speak to 3rd year medical students at the University of Louisville and the University of Kentucky as part of the program “Survivors Teaching Students: Saving Women’s Lives”.
OAK is a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization with 12 doctors and a Nurse Practitioner on the Medical Advisory Board and Advisory Board.
2016 O.A.K. Executive Board of Directors:
Jill Doimer, Co-Founder, Past Caregiver, Papercone
SuzAnne Caraway, President, Caregiver, UPS
Shannon Peace, Secretary, Advisory Board Chair, UPS
Cheri Hauber, Survivor, Medical Board Liaison, Sonoco
Jaime Hendricks, Event Planning Chair, Past Caregiver, GE Appliances
Mary Lane, O.A.K. Office Manager
Chevette Radford, Member, Regeneron
Kathryn Burch, Member, Past Caregiver, Kentucky Derby Museum
Anne Fetterman, Member, Past Caregiver, Registered Nurse
Proud Member of Community Health Charities:
Attention Federal Employees… Ovarian Awareness of Kentucky’s code is 55582 for donations. We appreciate your support.
If you’re a federal employee please look for Community Health Charities of Kentucky and designate to your local chapter.
Otherwise some federal employees may give to Community Health Charities of America and not realize its a national listing and money doesn’t go locally.