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The Ovarian Cancer Research Fund and Ovarian Cancer National Alliance, longtime friends and allies, announced a merger in January 2016 between the two organizations to form the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund Alliance. The merger will allow them to increase their impact in fighting ovarian cancer. More information can be found here:

An Amazon Wish List has been created with items for the Erna's Hope Comfort Bags that are donated to women who are newly diagnosed with ovarian and other gynecologic cancers. Any items purchased are shipped directly to us. To view some of the items included in the Comfort Bags and contribute to them through our Amazon Wish List, please visit Thank you!

Erna's Hope also has registered with the Amazon Smile Program. Once an individual registers with Amazon Smile and chooses Erna's Hope I as his or her charity, .5% of purchases that individual makes on will be credited to Erna's Hope. Here is a link with more information about the Amazon Smile Program:

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has published a new tool in May 2014 to help women assess their risk for breast and ovarian cancer. Two genes influence risk for breast cancer: BRCA1 and BRCA2. When one or both of them have a mutation (change), they increase your breast and ovarian cancer risk. The new "Know:BRCA" online tool can help you learn about BRCA genes and assess your risk of having a BRCA mutation. Visit

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration published a news release on September 11, 2009, announcing that they have cleared a test that can help detect ovarian cancer in a pelvic mass that is already known to require surgery. The test, called OVA1, helps patients and health care professionals decide what type of surgery should be done and by whom. For more information, go to

Cleaning for a Reason Foundation is a nonprofit organization that assists women who are currently undergoing treatment for any kind of cancer. Each applicant will receive four complimentary professional home cleanings, one per month for four consecutive months. There are over 1,000 partnering maid services across the United States and Canada. More information can be found on their web site,

Announced in the May 31, 2012, edition of the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, the Joint Commission--the nation's top healthcare-accrediting organization--has awarded the Gold Seal of Approval to University of Rochester Gynecologic Oncology at Highland Hospital. Congratulations to Doctors Sajeena Thomas, Eugene Toy, Cynthia Angel, and Brent DuBeshter, in that practice, who have cared for so many of the women diagnosed with ovarian cancer in the Rochester, NY, area.

Dr. Oz teamed up with the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition to create an "Ovarian Cancer One-Sheet" to record possible ovarian cancer symptoms. The form can be printed, filled out, and taken to your physician to start a discussion on ovarian cancer.

2016 Erna's Hope Events:

  • Senator Joseph Robach's 9th Annual Women's Wellness Fair, Greece Ridge Mall, Greece, NY, September 24, 10:00 am to 1:00 pm

  • Second Annual Garden Factory Arts & Crafts Festival, The Garden Factory, 2126 Buffalo Road, Gates, NY, September 25, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

  • Aldersgate United Methodist Church Craft Show, 4115 Dewey Avenue, Greece, NY, October 15, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

  • Second Annual Community Christian Church Holiday Arts & Crafts Sale, 2647 Chili Avenue, Gates, NY, October 22, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

  • Trinity Alliance Church Craft Fair, 1275 Spencerport Road, Gates, NY, October 29, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

  • St. Padre Pio Chapel Christmas Bazaar, St. Padre Pio Chapel, 141 Frank DiMino Way, Gates, NY, November 6, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

  • Holy Ghost Holiday Bazaar, Nellis Hall at Holy Ghost Church, 250 Coldwater Road, Gates, NY, November 12, 9:00 am to 3:30 pm

  • Florence Brasser Holiday Craft Show, Florence Brasser Elementary School, 1000 Chili Center Coldwater Road, Chili, NY, December 3, 10:00 am to 3:00 pm

    2015 Erna's Hope Events:

  • Zarpentine Farms Spring Fling Craft Show, 163 Burritt Road, Hilton, NY, May 16

  • American Cancer Society "Bark for Life of Rochester," Genesee Valley Park, Rochester, August 8

  • Susan B. Anthony Festival, Susan B. Anthony House, 17 Madison Street, Rochester, August 16

  • Love Out Lavender Fashion Show Cancer Benefit, Blu Bar and Grill, 250 Pixley Road, Rochester, August 23

  • Senator Joseph Robach's 8th Annual Women's Wellness Fair, Greece Ridge Mall, Greece, NY, September 12

  • Yolickity Frozen Yogurt Bar, 848 Long Pond Road, Rochester, September 14-20

  • Community Christian Church Holiday Arts & Craft Sale, 2647 Chili Avenue, Rochester, October 24

  • Zarpentine Farms Fall Craft Show, 163 Burritt Road, Hilton, NY, October 25

  • Five Below Shopping Event, 2833 West Ridge Road, Greece, NY, December 6-12. 10% of purchases made were donated to Erna's Hope.

    2014 Erna's Hope Events:

  • Rochester Woman Magazine's Ultimate Health & Wellness Expo, Monroe Community College, Brighton, NY, June 21

  • A "Benefit Bash" at Burger King, 4355 Dewey Avenue, Greece, NY, August 27. Burger King donated 20% of the 4:00-7:00 pm sales to Erna's Hope.

  • Senator Joseph Robach's Women's Wellness Fair at Greece Ridge Mall, Greece, NY, September 13

  • Aldersgate United Methodist Church Crafts and Collectibles Show, Greece, NY, October 10 and 11

  • Family Health & Fitness Fair, RIT Conference Center, West Henrietta, NY, October 30

  • Trinity Alliance Church Arts & Craft Show, Spencerport, NY, November 8

    For more information, please contact us at We welcome your support and participation!