News and Events

The Ovarian Cancer Research Fund Alliance shortened their name on October 1, 2018, to Ovarian Cancer Research Alliance and changed their website URL to:

CancerSEEK is a blood test designed to detect cancer by analyzing levels of proteins and mutations in cell-free DNA. The goal of this particular blood test is to assist in early detection, and therefore decrease cancer-related deaths, for ovarian, liver, stomach, pancreas, esophagus, colorectum, lung, and/or breast cancers. The results of a large trial using CancerSEEK were published in the January 18, 2018, issue of the prestigious journal Science (www. The trial included 1,005 patients who had previously been diagnosed with one of the above eight cancer types. The test correctly identified most cancers. 

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 Amazon will be credited to Erna's Hope. Here is a link with more information about the Amazon Smile Program: https://

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,

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.  

2018 Erna's Hope Events:


  • Florence Brasser School Spring Craft Show, Gates Chili High School, Rochester, NY, May 5

  • Ruth Boyd Ovarian Cancer Crusade Chicken BBQ, Caledonia, NY, September 16

  • Senator Joseph Robach's 11th Annual Women's Wellness Fair, Greece Ridge Mall, Rochester, NY, October 13

  • Bryant & Stratton College 2nd Annual Wellness Fair, Greece Campus, Rochester, NY, October 17

  • Bishop Kearney Days of Service, Bishop Kearney High School, Irondequoit, NY, November 19

  • Florence Brasser School Holiday Craft Show, Gates Chili Middle School, Rochester, NY, December 1

2017 Erna's Hope Events:


  • Peter Kratz from K-LOVE Radio interviewed Kathleen Stellrecht, on air May 14

  • Kicking Cancer to the Curb with Metal, Pineapple Jack's Restaurant, Gates, NY, July 15

  • Ruth Boyd Ovarian Cancer Crusade Chicken BBQ, York, NY, September 17

  • St. Louis Church Knights of Columbus fundraiser, Denny's, Fairport, NY, September 27

  • Senator Joseph Robach's 10th Annual Women's Wellness Fair, Greece Ridge Mall, Rochester, NY, September 30

  • Zarpentine Farm's Craft Show, Hilton, NY, September 30

  • Bryant & Stratton College Wellness Fair, Henrietta and Greece Campuses, October 17 and 19

  • Holy Ghost Church Holiday Bazaar, Gates, NY, November 11

  • Bishop Kearney Days of Service, Bishop Kearney High School, Irondequoit, NY, November 20 and 21

  • Florence Brasser School Holiday Arts & Crafts Show, Chili, NY, December 2

  • Ovarian Cancer Ornament Sale, Dinosaur BBQ, Rochester, NY, December 5-25

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