About the Katie Oppo Research Fund

Our Mission

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.

Why We Are So Passionate

We are so passionate about this cause because our hero, Katie Oppo, succumbed to SCCOHT on April 11, 2011. Katie was an intelligent, determined and courageous person whose dream was to become a physician. She was shocked by the lack of information available to help guide her to the proper treatment for her rare disease. Team Katie’s goal is to shed light on SCCOHT by funding research so others facing this challenge are not alone.

Without your support our vision is not sustainable. We are currently funding research that targets the causes of ovarian cancer and investigates viable, groundbreaking avenues of prevention, treatment and cure.

The Research Fund

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 in June, the Katie Oppo Research Fund Dinner Gala in November, Supporter Sponsored Events and donations from people like you! Thank you for taking the time to visit our website, and we encourage you to become a member of TEAM KATIE and donate to this very worthy cause.

SCCOHT is a rare and highly aggressive form of ovarian cancer.  The Katie Oppo Research Fund (KORF) funds research for SCCOHT as well as ALL forms of ovarian cancer.

  1. The American Cancer Society estimates that 22,240 women will receive a new diagnosis of ovarian cancer in the United States and about 14,070 women will die from this aggressive disease.
  2. Ovarian cancer ranks fifth in cancer deaths among women, accounting for more deaths than any other cancer of the female reproductive system.
  3. A woman’s risk of getting ovarian cancer during her lifetime is about 1 in 78. Her lifetime chance of dying from ovarian cancer is about 1 in 108.

It is Team Katie’s goal to break the silence of this aggressive cancer and fund research that will lead to prevention, screening, and cure.