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Register for the
3rd Annual Golf Outing In 2015!


Join OCSA Board Members Carolyn Ascher, Owner of Amlings Interior Landscape and Kurt Klepitsch, DVM Owner of Gateway Veterinary Clinic for the

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Photo: Vallie Szymanski, Executive Director with
Rafer Weigel, Honorary Golf Outing Chairman – 2014

WHERE: Pheasant Run Resort (4051 East Main Street, St Charles, IL 60174)
WHEN: Monday, June 22, 2015 from 8:00 am – 6:00 pm

8:00 am — Registration
9:30 am — Shotgun Start and 4 Person Scramble
3:00 pm — Cocktails, Dinner & Silent Auction

WHY: Each year, over 20,000 women in the U.S. are diagnosed with ovarian cancer and approximately 14,000 women die from the disease. When ovarian cancer is diagnosed and treated in its earliest stages, the survival rate is over 90%. OCSA’s mission is to expand public awareness about the symptoms of ovarian cancer in an effort to contribute to the early detection of this deadly disease, and by doing so, save lives.

Standard Registration (available from January 1st – June 15th)
$725 — Foursome
$185 — Single Golfer registration includes 18 Holes of golf, lunch, dinner, beverages
$50 — Dinner Only

OCSA Restaurant of the Month Program

OCSA invites restaurants in Chicagoland to participate for one month out of a calendar year for the Restaurant of the Month Program. The Restaurant will designate a special item or deal for their month and donate a percentage of the sales to OCSA.

May 2015

Chicago Originals Partnership

To celebrate OCSA’s fifth anniversary, we have partnered with the Chicago Originals, a group of independently-owned restaurants. Restaurants participating in the partnership include: Cyrano’s Farm Kitchen, Cyrano’s On the River, Kiki’s Bistro, Nando Milano Trattoria and Oceanique. See below for the details on Cyrano’s Farm Kitchen and Oceanique. See the full menu list from all five restaurants on the Restaurant of the Month page. For more information on the Chicago Originals, visit

Cyrano’s Farm Kitchen (546 North Wells Street, Chicago IL 60654) (15% Donation)
Fresh Cod Brandade Croquettes, Beans Hummus, Farm Salad with Local Greens
Roasted Cauliflower Vichyssoise, Cauliflower Confetti’s, Grilled Shrimps
A selection of one of the following: Duo of Duck, Breast & Confit of Leg, or Traditional Coq au Vin or Grilled Seasonal Fresh Fish or Steak Tartare, Pommes Frites Vegetables & Sauces Changes Daily
Large Pistachio Profiterole, Baked Apple Compote, Our Ice Cream & Butterscotch Caramel Sauce

Oceanique (505 Main Street, Evanston IL 60202) (15% Donation)
Australian Rack of Lamb Harissa with Eggplant, Morels and Baby Sweet Peppers

Who Nose about Ovarian Cancer?

You read it right! The “Nose” Knows, we hope!

The Ovarian Cancer Symptom Awareness Organization (OCSA) continues to unleash innovative ways to raise awareness about the silent symptoms of the disease. Embracing the human animal bond and opening new communication channels through veterinarians with OCSA’s Veterinary Outreach Program (VOP) was a first in the ovarian cancer awareness arena.

This month, we’ve added something rather special. Meet Ohlin! Ohlin, a Chocolate Labrador Retriever, is being trained to identify odorants associated with ovarian cancer cells. Did you know a human has about 5 million scent receptors, while a dog can have between 125-300 million scent receptors depending upon the breed?

Ohlin’s scent receptors are being put to good use in the research being led by Penn Vet Working Dog Center and the Monell Chemical Senses Center and we need your support!

We are connecting the dots between OCSA, Pets and People with our partnership with The University of Pennsylvania’s School of Veterinary Medicine. They are investigating using canine olfaction, along with chemical and nanotechnology analysis, to detect early stage ovarian cancer.

See Ohlin in action here:

OCSA Partners with the Veterinary Community.

The Ovarian Cancer Symptom Awareness Organization (OCSA) is partnering with the Illinois State Veterinary Medical Association (ISVMA) to raise awareness surrounding the silent symptoms of ovarian cancer through the new OCSA Veterinary Outreach Program (VOP).

The VOP offers a first-ever collaboration that is designed to open new channels of communication and raise awareness about the silent and often-ignored symptoms of ovarian cancer. With strong engagement and support from the Illinois Department of Public Health, leaders in the community and veterinary industry, will gather to recognize the Gateway Veterinary Clinic and clinic owner, Dr. Kurt Klepitsch, DVM, as the first official VOP partner at a private one-hour reception on Friday morning, January 25.
According to Peter Weber, executive director of the ISVMA, association members report that pet owners talking about their pet’s health often feel comfortable talking about their own health concerns.  Supplied with knowledge surrounding the silent symptoms of ovarian cancer, VOP members can exponentially increase the number of individuals receiving the message, and help to save lives.
The VOP will inform urban and rural veterinarians, veterinary clinicians, and veterinary discipline students about ovarian cancer and its silent symptoms including bloating, pelvic pain, difficulty eating and frequent or urgent urination.  Veterinarians and clinics can join the program for a nominal fee which covers costs for a start-up kit including educational displays and brochures regarding the silent symptoms, where to find more information, and how to find medical assistance.

November 6, 2012

The Ovarian Cancer Symptom Awareness Organization (OCSA) launched an innovative new awareness program at the 130th Annual Illinois State Veterinary Medical Association Convention in Lombard, IL on Sunday, November 4. The OCSA Veterinary Outreach Program (VOP) mission is “fighting ovarian cancer with animal passion,” and seeks to engage and collaborate with the veterinary community members who have immediate access to individuals already inclined to discuss health issues in their presence.

Read the full press release here.