Our Mission

To increase awareness and fund research for the prevention, treatment, and cure of SMALL CELL CARCINOMA OF THE OVARY, HYPERCALCEMIC TYPE (SCCOHT)–a rare and life-threatening disease–as well as all forms of ovarian cancer.

The Katie Oppo Research Fund is a 501c3 non-profit organization dedicated to raising funds to research the cause and prevention of SCCOHT and all forms of ovarian cancer. All proceeds go directly to the research fund and are granted to cancer research institutions and individual researchers. We do not offer salaries to any team members as we are staffed entirely by volunteers who are dedicated to our cause and the memory of Katie Oppo. We raise money through events such as the Katie Oppo Memorial Walk/Run (June), the Katie Oppo Research Fund Dinner Gala (November), Supporter Sponsored Events and donations from people like you!

Upcoming events




Dinner Gala – Friday, November 16th 2018


Possible Warning Signs of Ovarian Cancer:

  • Persistent abdominal bloating or nausea
  • Changes in normal energy levels (fatigue)
  • Pain, pressure or tenderness in the pelvic area or lower back
  • Changes in appetite or bowel movements
  • Pressure to empty bladder, difficulty emptying bladder or change in frequency of urination
  • Pain during sex
  • Abnormal vaginal bleeding
  • Increased abdominal girth
  • Changes in menstruation


*See your gynecologist for regular check-ups or if you have one or many of the above symptoms

Latest Research


Immune-Active Microenvironment in Small Cell Carcinoma of the Ovary, Hypercalcemic Type: Rationale for Immune Checkpoint Blockade

Petar Jelinic*, Jacob Ricca*, Elke Van Oudenhove, Narciso Olvera, Taha Merghoub, Douglas A. Levine*, Dmitriy Zamarin*

Affiliations of authors: Gynecologic Oncology, Laura and Isaac Perlmutter Cancer Center, NYU Langone Medical Center, New York, NY (PJ, EVO, NO, DAL); Department of Medicine (JR, DZ) and Ludwig Collaborative Laboratory (JR, TM, DZ), Gynecologic Medical Oncology Service, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY

*Authors contributed equally to this work. Correspondence to: Dmitriy Zamarin, MD, Department of Medicine, Gynecologic Medical Oncology Service, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY 10065 (e-mail: zamarind@mskcc.org).

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Journals from previous Dinner Gala Events



Dinner Gala Journal 2015

Dinner Gala Journal 2016

Dinner Gala Journal 2017


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