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OCSA Makes Front Page Of The Kane County Chronicle

By: Ashley Sloboda
Kane County Chronicle

ST. CHARLES –  The Ovarian Cancer Symptom Awareness Organization as gotten a puppy – well, sort of.

The St. Charles-based nonprofit – which seeks to expand public awareness of the symptoms of ovarian cancer in an effort to contribute to early detection of the deadly disease – is sponsoring Ohlin, a chocolate Labrador retriever participating in a cancer detection study.

The $10,000 one-year sponsorship began Dec. 1, and OCSA Executive Director Vallie Szymanski said her organization hopes to raise enough money to sponsor Ohlin for a second year.

Check out our favorite cancer sniffing dog Ohlin

on the NBC nightly news with Brian Williams. Get the story here!

And-how does Ohlin do it?

Find out how the Penn Vet Center trains dogs to “sniff” out ovarian cancer, click here!

Blum Animal Hospital First in City to Adopt Program to Promote Human Health

by Serena Dai
DNAinfo Chicago

LAKEVIEW — Kramer on “Seinfeld” is not the only person to feel more comfortable with a veterinarian than a human doctor.

Dr. Natalie Marks at Blum Animal Hospital has clients ask her about their own health afflictions daily  — and many refer to that old “Seinfeld” bit, she said with a laugh.

“It’s common for clients to discuss pet health and talk about other things in their human world,” she said. “Some of which I probably can’t put into print.”

Now Blum, 3219 N. Clark St., is hoping to capitalize on that comfort to promote the health of pet owners. Starting this week, it will be the first animal hospital in Chicago to collaborate with the Ovarian Cancer Symptom Awareness program, a nonprofit that seeks to raise awareness about the silent symptoms of the cancer.

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Elmhurst Animal Care Center Signs on to Help Human Clients Fight Cancer

by Karen Chadra
Elmhurst Patch

“Veterinarians don’t just hear about their four-legged friends’ symptoms. Pet owners share their own health concerns with veterinarians, putting these diversified doctors in a unique position to help, representatives say.”

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The Ovarian Cancer Symptom Awareness Organization Launches an Innovative Program Engaging the Veterinary Community

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.  The program will focus on raising awareness about the often-missed symptoms of ovarian cancer.  In addition, OCSA also announced a new veterinary medicine scholarship program that will award three $5,000 scholarships beginning in 2013.

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Sharrah’s CH Khalin – OCSA Ambassador and Service Dog

ISVMA Epitome Newsletter

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Elmhurst Animal Care Center Signs on to Help Human Clients Fight Cancer
St Charles Veterinarian joins fight against ovarian cancer

Kane County Chronicle

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OCSA Partners with ISVMA to launch first ever Veterinary Outreach Program

Aurora Beacon News

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Veterinarians speak out on ovarian cancer

To fight ovarian cancer, the Overian Cancer Symptom Awareness Organization (OCSA) is hoping that veterinarians and pets just might save the lives of their owners.

On January 25, a new Veterinary Outreach Program (VOP) was launched at  Gateway Veterinary Clinic in St. Charles and owner Dr. Kurt Klepitsch became the first member of the program, a joint effort that partners OCSA with the Illinois State Veterinary Medical Association…

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