Bluegrass Ovarian Cancer Support, Inc.(BOCS) exists to help Central Kentucky women and their loved ones during diagnosis, treatment and survival of ovarian and other gynecological cancers; and works to promote public awareness and educations of these cancers. Donations to Bluegrass Ovarian Cancer Support, Inc. may be mailed to: BOCS, P.O. Box 4407, Midway, KY 40347. Checks may be made payable to: Bluegrass Ovarian Cancer Support, Inc..
Volunteers are welcome to assist with community awareness events and fundraising projects. Ovarian cancer survivors and their caregivers may also be trained to become presenters for the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund Alliance "Survivor's Teaching Students: Saving Women's Lives (r) program for health professional students.
When Suzi Shoemaker was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2006, she assumed there would be a support group for her in Lexington, Kentucky. After her first experience with a Women’s Cancer Group where she was told, “We only had one member with ovarian cancer, and she just died,” Suzi decided there was a need for ovarian cancer survivors to share their unique stories.
Through referrals from the University of Kentucky Gynecologic Oncology staff, Suzi met another survivor, Sharon Walsh. In March of 2008 the two women founded Bluegrass Ovarian Cancer Support Inc. at Ramsey’s Restaurant with about eight other ovarian cancer survivors in attendance.
In 2016, Bluegrass Ovarian Cancer Support , Inc. (BOCS) distributed over 1000 ovarian cancer symptom cards and information regarding gynecologic cancers at community awareness events, including: UK Markey "Expressions of Courage" event, "Teal-Gating " at UK, UK Pharmacy School, St. Leo Catholic Church, Thoroughbred Ice Skating Club event, KY Horse Park Monday night bike/run/walk event, and to students/faculty who participated in the "Survivors Teaching Students: Saving Women's Lives" program. BOCS members were interviewed by EKU Public Radio, University of Kentucky "Campus Voice", and the Woodford Sun newspaper to discuss ovarian and gynecologic cancer awareness during Ovarian Cancer Awareness month in September. Public service announcements about ovarian cancer awareness were played on NASH 92.3 radio during the month of September.
BOCS members created over 200 "Turn the Towns Teal" ribbon bows that were displayed in downtown Lexington, UK Markey Cancer Center, UK Colleges of Pharmacy and Agriculture, Baptist Health, St. Joseph East Hospital, the City of Versailles, KY, Azur restaurant, as well as both Lexington locations of Newk's & City BBQ restaurants during the month of September.
BOCS members also presented the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund Alliance's "Survivors Teaching Student: Saving Women's Lives" ® program, to a total of 401 UK health care students, comprising third year medical students, UK physician assistant students, and UK Sophomore and Junior nursing students in 2016.
In 2016, the second annual BOCS Survivor Luncheon, was also held, for gynecologic cancer survivors and guests.
BOCS is an all volunteer non-profit organization with the following goals for 2017:
Participate in at least one on-line fundraising campaign during the year, such as the Kentucky Nonprofit Network's "KY Gives Day" or the Blue Grass Community Foundation's "Good Giving Challenge"
Add at least one more presenter to the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund Alliance's "Survivors Teaching Students: Saving Women's Lives ® program.
Have guest speakers at a minimum of 25% of our 2017 monthly BOCS meetings.
My name is Sue Jacobs and I am blessed to be a 8 year survivor of ovarian cancer. Although my cancer was diagnosed early, sadly almost 90% of ovarian cancer patients receive their diagnosis at a late stage of disease, when treatment is less successful. This is due to lack of a definitive screening test for ovarian cancer, and many times women are unaware or ignore the symptoms of ovarian cancer.
1.) Provide on-going support for women and their loved ones diagnosed with gynecologic cancers.
The following strategies will be employed to achieve the above goals:
In 2016, BOCS presented the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund Alliance's "Survivors Teaching Students: Saving Women's Lives" (R) program for the first time to University of Kentucky Sophomore nursing students, while continuing to present to UK third year medical students, physician students, and Junior nursing students. In addition to UK Markey Cancer Center and downtown Lexington, the "Turn the Towns Teal" program was expanded to other Lexington businesses and to the city of Versailles. BOCS received a $1400 grant from the Lexington Medical Society Foundation to promote ovarian and other gynecologic awareness in the community.
BOCS realizes that all of our educational initiatives are dependent upon having active volunteers to participate in all program areas. Due to many of our volunteers being in treatment for their gynecologic cancers, having an adequate number of volunteers to sustain or grow our community awareness outreach can be challenging. In the future, BOCS would benefit from soliciting volunteer support from the community at large.
Monthly support group meetings are held the third Wednesday of the month, in the evening, in the meeting room of the Joseph Beth Café. Meetings are open to cancer survivors and their family, caregivers and friends. Several meetings include a guest speaker.
Indirect Public Support HelpIndirect public support represents revenue received through solicitation campaigns. This includes funding United Way and other federated fundraising organizations, but does not include donor designated contributions.
Earned Revenue HelpEarned revenue represents income generated in direct exchange for a product or service.Earned income includes income from government contracts.
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