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Katie Oppo Research Fund Initiates Study of SMARCA4 Mutation

Memorial Sloane Kettering’s, Dr. Douglas Levine, and his team of researchers, have identified a genetic mutation that appears to play a key role in causing the rare and aggressive form of ovarian cancer: Small Cell Carcinoma of the Ovary–Hypercalcemic Type (SCCOHT). Dr. Levine and his team identified the SMARCA4 mutation as a contributing factor in promoting or blocking cancer growth in this rare tumor. “I don’t know of many cancers where there’s one gene that is universally mutated and seems to be driving the disease,” says Levine. His findings are reported online in the journal Nature Genetics. For more information, read the article Aggressive Ovarian Cancer May Be Caused by a Single Gene Mutation by Jim Stallard.

Taylor Watson runs NYC Half Marathon

On March 16th, 2014 Taylor Watson collected over $2000 for The Katie Oppo Research Fund.


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Winter Concert 2014–huge success!

Thank you once again to the amazing performers who donated their time and talent to the Katie Oppo Memorial concert held at Munsey Park School auditorium! Hats off to the Manhasset School District for their constant support!

Our 2014 concert featured the awesome, retro sounds of the reunited Great Neck band, The Rockets, as well as the contemporary sounds of our own Manhasset High freshmen Dan Oppo on lead guitar and Gavin Olsen on drums and Port Washington vocalist Bart Fuch and bass guitarist, Adam Tuch.

We were lucky to have an outstanding solo vocal performance by varsity Coach Simpkins–who stole the show with his amazing voice and the super talented guitarist who accompanied him Jake Atherton, who is also a solo virtuoso–thanks coach and Jake–what a team you turned out to be!

A huge thank you to Dr. Douglas Levine of Memorial Sloane Kettering who was on hand to deliver the long anticipated update from our first research grant. We await the publication of his successful results and look forward to continuing our support of this important ovarian cancer research.

The Queens College Dance team was also on hand lending the beauty of our own Caterina Anastasia and all of her lovely, talented team-mates!

We were lucky to have another awesome band, new to our stage this year–Alter Ego of Port Washington, featuring Keith Bresowsky, Patty Atkins, and Jeremy Michaels.

Thanks to all of our volunteers, and most of all to our supporters–we can not continue to fund research without you.


2014 KORF Winter Concert February 8th

The third annual KORF Winter concert will be held at Munsey Park auditorium in Manhasset, at 7:30 PM on Saturday February 8th 2014. Tickets are available for presale at A&F Market on Plandome Rd. 2 for $20.00. Tickets will also be available for $15.00 at the door. We will be featuring live local bands and the Queens College Dance Troupe.  All proceeds will go directly to ovarian cancer research and prevention.

3rd Annual Katie Oppo Memorial Walk/Run

Sunday, June 23rd was the the third, annual Katie Oppo Memorial Run/Walk  held at the Flower Hill park at 9:30 a.m. Click here for course map. The Flower Hill Park is located at Searingtown and Bonnie Heights Road in Manhasset. At this event, the Katie Oppo Research Fund presented a check for $40,000.00 to Dr. Shih of Johns Hopkins Research to conduct research into the prevention of ovarian cancer. Memorial Sloane Kettering’s Douglas Levine was given an additional $10,000.00 to continue a study on tumor samples of Hypercalcemic Small Cell Ovarian Carcinoma. We will announce this year’s grant recipient at our 2014 event. We hope you will attend as we will have another great event in our continuing effort to fund research to find a cure for ovarian cancer.

Katie Oppo Research Fund Concert

A huge thank you goes out to Manhasset and other local communities for their support on Saturday, January 5th, 2013 for the second annual Katie Oppo Research Fund Concert held at the Munsey Park Auditorium. The event was a great success. This events entertainment included performances by the Queens College Dance Troupe, the band the Rockets, songs by Andrew Oppo, Danny Oppo & Gavin Olson and an acapella by Alex Miradoli, Patrick McGorry, Jake Miller, Henry Mulholland & Alex Schwartz.

FundRazor in Lititz, PA

The Warwick Interact Club in Lititz, PA hosted the FundRazor event, Thursday, August 11th. This fundraiser was a head buzzing event to raise money and cancer awareness for the Katie Oppo Research Fund as well as local patient help. Buzzes were $5 and came with a courage bracelet–the theme of the event.

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1st Annual Katie Oppo Research Fund Concert

Our first annual Katie Oppo Research Fund Concert was held at the Munsey Park Auditorium in January. The event was a great success thanks to the bands NTOR and The Founders as well as the awesome turnout of enthusiastic supporters of all ages for an evening of eclectic live music including pop, funk and rock ‘n’ roll. The concert raised over $7,000 generated from ticket sales, raffles, silent auction and refreshments. During the Concert a beautiful montage of pictures of Katie played behind the bands. Performances also included Katie’s brothers Andrew and Daniel Oppo and other friends and neighbors! Team Katie would like to thank everyone who made this event such a huge success!

1st Annual Katie Oppo Memorial Walk/Run

The First Annual Katie Oppo Memorial Walk/Run held in July was a huge success! Donations prior to the walk were $15,000. By the end of the walk, total proceeds were up to $45,000! Money was raised through donations the day of the event, as well as proceeds from the silent auction and bracelet, magnet, and t-shirt sales. Team Katie’s goal and predictions of the amount of money that would be raised were easily exceeded. This was all made possible by the over 400 participants that took part in the walk! This was only the number of people who “sign-in” at the tents, so this number is clearly an underestimate which makes it that much more impressive.