About Us

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Our Mission

Our mission is to bring together researchers, nurses, doctors and community members impacted by ovarian cancer to celebrate triumphs, share losses and raise funds for advanced research.

Thanks to your support, Ray of Hope was able to make a donation of $12,000 to the Women’s Health Research Program at the Medical College of Wisconsin following the 2021 event.

The Organization

Ray of Hope is a non-profit organization established in 2018 in the Greater Milwaukee Area in response to the need for more advocacy for ovarian cancer awareness. The nature of ovarian cancer as a deeply personal disease often acts as a barrier to early detection and effective patient advocacy. Treatments for ovarian cancer, even cases that were detected early, is invasive, and takes a toll on the body. We’re here to help start the conversation, push for innovation through research, and be a Ray of Hope in the fight for a cure.

Equity and Diversity

Diversity and inclusion are important values at Ray of Hope, a non-profit organization that races and raises funds for ovarian cancer. At Ray of Hope, we believe that diversity and inclusion are essential for building a strong and effective organization.

We strive to create a welcoming and inclusive environment for all members of our community, including survivors, caregivers, volunteers, and donors. We believe that everyone has something valuable to contribute, and we work to ensure that everyone has an equal opportunity to participate in our events and activities.

Be Brave

The “Be Brave” mantra came to life because of Brenda Ray. When her two daughters were growing up, Brenda would sing them a bedtime song. The main message, and reoccurring lyric throughout the song she always sang to her daughters, was “be brave little one”. While Brenda used those lyrics to encourage her daughters to be brave, she also set an amazing example of bravery throughout her entire life.

“Be Brave” not only encompasses Brenda’s bravery, but the bravery of all women who have been affected by ovarian cancer. Women around the world continue to be brave and resilient in the fight against ovarian cancer, and their bravery should not go unnoticed.

Ray of Hope for Ovarian Cancer Cure Inc is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization.