Hope Grants for Ovarian Cancer Research

Hope for Heather is a 100% volunteer organization; We are so proud of what our volunteers have accomplished in Central New York. Hope for Heather targets 40% of the money raised each year to Ovarian Cancer Research. You can see each year's grant below. As of September 2020 our volunteers have raised $450,000 for research.
The funds are used for selected research projects that support 4 areas of research: We use the research board of the Ovarian Cancer Research Alliance to review and select the most promising candidates from dozens of research funding proposals. Then we direct the funds raised in CNY for researchers in the areas shown above.

Heather Angel Fund at Upstate Cancer Center
Your donations will be used to help Ovarian Cancer Patients at the Upstate Cancer Hospital get through another day of treatment. Money is used to cover expenses that would not be included in the patients medical insurance. These dispersions are managed by the patient's social worker.
2020 Hope for Heather Research Grant

Hope for Heather 2020 Research Grant Virtual Presentation - Oct. 2020
October 2020 Syracuse, NY - Ovarian Cancer Research Alliance receives a $50,000 grant for research in:

  • New discoveries searching for a cure,
  • Improved treatments using existing and new therapies
  • Develop a reliable screening test,

from CNY volunteers representing Hope for Heather. This year's check presentation was virtual. Shown above L to R, Frieda and Gary Weeks, Jesse Irwin (H4H), Audra Moran (OCRA), Jon Zeidman (OCRA). Researchers receiving this money will be announced in January..


Hope for Heather presents check to OCRA Grant 2019
11/07/2019 Hope for Heather delivers 2019 $65,000 Research Grant
to Ovarian Cancer Research Fund Alliance of New York City. The moniies donated will be used to sponsor research in new discoveries, better treatment methods, improved screening testing..
Photo L to R: Jon Zeidman, Frieda Weeks, Audra Moran


Hope for Heather presents check to OCRA Grant 2018
Hope for Heather delivers 2018 $75,000 Research Grant
to Ovarian Cancer Research Fund Alliance of New York City.
Photo L to R: Jon Zeidman, Jesse Irwin, Audra Moran, Frieda Weeks, Gary Weeks

Hope for Heather presents check to OCRF Grant 2017
Hope for Heather delivers 2017 $70,000 Research Grant
to Ovarian Cancer Research Fund Alliance of New York City.
Photo L to R: Jon Zeidman, Audra Moran, Frieda Weeks, Gary Weeks, Jesse Irwin

Hope for Heather presents check to OCRF Grant 2016
Hope for Heather delivers 2016 $60,000 Research Grant
to Ovarian Cancer Research Fund Alliance of New York City.
Photo L to R: Jon Zeidman, Frieda Weeks, Jesse Irwin, Audra Moran, Gary Weeks

2015 Reasearch Grant for Research to OCRF
$50,000 for Ovarian Cancer Research
Nov 17, 2015 Hope for Heather presented a check to the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund to help fund select 2015 research grants. Frieda Weeks President, Jesse Irwin Chairman of the Board and Gary Weeks Treasurer present a check to Audra Moran. The money raised in Central New York will support researchers under review at this time. Research projects chosen will support the mission of Hope for Heather by advancing early detection, inproved treatment methods, discoveries that may lead to a cure for Ovarian Cancer.

Dedication of the Angel Fund $25,000 for Local Support
. Heather's Angel Fund at Upstate Cancer Center - February 2015 Syr. - Hope for Heather, Ovarian Cancer Alliance of CNY, updates Heather's Angel Fund grant, at the New Upstate Cancer Center. H4H donated another $5,000 toward their pledged $25,000 for patients and family members to cover extra costs of treatment, not covered by medical insurance: meal vouchers, parking, personal care, gas card. President Frieda Weeks with Gary Weeks presented the check to Terry Toscano Shenfeld of the Foundation for Upstate Medical University

2014 Donation to OCRF $40,000 for Ovarian Cancer Research
Nov 4, 2014 Hope for Heather presented a check to the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund to help fund select 2014 research grants. Frieda Weeks President, Jesse Irwin Chairman of the Board and Gary Weeks Treasurer present a check to Audra Moran. The money raised in Central New York will support researchers under review at this time. Research projects chosen will support the mission of Hope for Heather by advancing early detection, inproved treatment methods, discoveries that may lead to a cure for Ovarian Cancer.

Dedication of the Angel Fund Heather's Angel Fund December 5, 2013 Syr. - Hope for Heather, Ovarian Cancer Alliance of CNY, updates Heather's Angel Fund grant, at the New Upstate Cancer Center. H4H donated another $5,000 toward their pledged $25,000 for patients and family members to cover extra costs of treatment, not covered by medical insurance: meal vouchers, parking, personal care, gas card. President Frieda Weeks with Gary Weeks presented the check to Toni Gary and Terry Toscano Shenfeld of the Foundation for Upstate Medical University

2013 Donation to Ovarian Cancer Research Fund $30,000 for Ovarian Cancer Research
Nov 16, 2013 Hope for Heather presented a check to the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund to help fund select 2013 research grants. Frieda Weeks President & Board Chairman Jesse Irwin present a check to Audra Moran and Jon Zeidman. The money raised in CNY will support researchers under review at this time. Research projects chosen will support the mission of Hope for Heather by advancing early detection, inproved treatment methods, discoveries that may lead to a cure for Ovarian Cancer.

2012 Donation to Donation to Ovarian Cancer Research Fund $25,000 for Ovarian Cancer Research
Nov 14, 2012 Hope for Heather presented a check to the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund to help fund select 2013 research grants. Frieda Weeks President & Board Chairman Jesse Irwin present a check to Audra Moran and Jon Zeidman. The money raised in CNY will support research at the MD Anderson Cancer Center to find new microRNA biomarkers to develop new therapies for high grade epithelial ovarian cancers previously considered undruggable. These are the most lethal group of ovarian cancer cells.

Dedication of the Angel Fund Heather's Angel Fund July 12, 2012 Syr. - Hope for Heather, Ovarian Cancer Alliance of CNY, launched Heather's Angel Fund, at the New Upstate Cancer Center. H4H pledged $25,000 for patients and family members to cover extra costs of treatment, not covered by medical insurance: meal vouchers, parking, personal care, gas card. President Frieda Weeks with Gary Weeks & Melissa Midgley presented the check to Toni Gary and Terry Toscano Shenfeld of the Foundation for Upstate Medical University.

Hope for Heather Presents Check to OCRF for Research funding 2011
$20,000 for Ovarian Cancer Research
11/01/2011 - Hope for Heather, Ovarian Cancer CNY. Frieda Weeks and Jesse Irwin presented a check to the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund's Audra Moran and Jon Zeidman of OCRF received the check.

Hope for Heather Presents Check to OCRF for Research funding 2010 $10,000 for Ovarian Cancer Research
11/02/2010 - Hope for Heather, Ovarian Cancer CNY. Frieda Weeks and Jesse Irwin presented a check to the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund in N. Y. City. OCRF CEO, Audra Moran and Lindsey Weeks of OCRF were on hand to receive the check.

Hope for Heather Presents Check to OCRF for Research funding 2010 $4,425 for Ovarian Cancer Research
03/29/2010 - Hope for Heather, Ovarian Cancer CNY. Frieda Weeks and Jesse Irwin presented a check to the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund on March 29th in N. Y. City. New OCRF CEO, Audra Moran and Lindsey Weeks of OCRF were on hand to receive the check.

2009 Check presentation to OCRF

11/02/09 NY, NY - Hope for Heather.org presents

OCRF with a check for $5,000. Hope for Heather.org hosted fund raising and educational events in 2009 to raise awareness for Ovarian Cancer in central NY. "This check will be used for an Ovarian Cancer Research grant. We hope this money combined with similar amounts raised by similar groups around the country can make a difference in the war against this deadly disease," Jesse Irwin and Frieda Weeks president of Hope for Heather.org present check to Lindsey Weeks of OCRF.


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