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Funding Research and Awareness for Ovarian Cancer

Our Mission.

Our mission is to raise funds for ovarian cancer research and increase awareness of the symptoms of this disease.

 KOH Board Members at MMC's Ovarian Cancer Survivors Course

Morristown Medical Center was the host for the Foundation for Women’s Cancer all day Ovarian Cancer Survivors Course on Saturday, September 26, 2015.   This event attracted more than 100 attendees.  Kaleidoscope of Hope Board members, Lynn Franklin (below on left) and Lynn Stahl (below on right), hosted an informational table at this event where audience members had the opportunity to learn about the mission of Kaleidoscope of Hope and chat with two of our Board members.

 2015 Walks!

Our walks are a major fundraiser for KOH and the proceeds support our mission to fund research and educational awareness of ovarian cancer. Join us for a walk and support the fight against ovarian cancer

The Gail MacNeil Morristown Walk was held Sept. 13, 2015
The Diane Castle Memorial Walk was held Sept. 20, 2015
The Avon-by-the-Sea Walk was held Sept. 26, 2015

Online donations for all walks gracisously accepted
2015 Fundraising pages


 Proclamation Declares September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month in Somerset County, NJ

Sept. 8th -  Freeholder Mark Caliguire (l) presents to KOH Board Member Lynn Stahl (center) and Vice President Lynn Franklin (r) a Proclamation declaring September as Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month in Somerset County.  September is known nationally as Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month. 

 Ffoster has Puppies

On June 26th, 2015, Ffoster, sponsored by KOH, had a litter of 6 puppies.  This litter is part of a Cooperative Research Agreement with DHS/TSA which is built on over 10 years of puppy evaluation data and will allow us to compare WDC early puppy development to historical performance data.

Ffoster's breeding represents a new collaboration involving both TSA's Mmartino and CCI's DaVinci as the sires. We will be paternity testing the pups to determine which pups came from which sire

See more about Ffoster and related reserach on our website (see right and Funded Research)  and visit the PennVet website for more info

 New Genetic link to lethal ovarian cancer has potentially been identified

 Aggressive Ovarian Cancer May Be Caused by a Single Gene Mutation

By Jim Stallard, MA, Writer/Editor  |  Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Memorial Sloan Kettering researchers have identified a genetic mutation that appears to cause a rare but very aggressive type of ovarian cancer in young women. The discovery could be an important step toward developing the first effective treatments for the disease, called small cell carcinoma of the ovary, hypercalcemic type (SCCOHT). Funded initially by a charitable organization, the research is also an example of the powerful effect philanthropy can have on rare diseases.

“There are many examples of women in their late teens or early 20s dying quickly from this disease,” says gynecologic oncologist Douglas Levine, who led the research. “The median age at diagnosis is 23, and they usually die within two years — it’s devastating. Finding the cause and a possible target could be a major advance because current therapies have very little effect.”

....Using human cancer cells, Dr. Levine and colleagues then demonstrated that SMARCA4 plays a functional role in promoting or blocking cancer growth. Inactivating SMARCA4 increased cancer growth, while boosting its expression slowed it down. This buttresses the theory that the SMARCA4 mutation is key to the rare disease.

“I don’t know of many cancers where there’s one gene that is universally mutated and seems to be driving the disease,” Dr. Levine says. “One of our next steps will be to investigate whether this one mutation is actually sufficient to transform any type of ovarian cell into a cancer cell, or whether other factors are involved.”

KOH Grant Funds Innovative Research

Dogs help sniff out ovarian cancer in Pennsylvannia Study

Nov 18, 2013 KOH visited Penn Vet Working Dog facility. They watched as three dogs were being trained to pick out the ovarian cancer tissue sample. 


KOH provided a grant to help fund this research.


In this Thursday, Aug. 1, 2013 photo, Jonathan Ball practices with Tsunami in the first round of training for a study that will eventually involve detecting cancerous tissue at Penn Vet Working Dog Center in Philadelphia. 
Researchers trying to develop a diagnostic tool for ovarian cancer are hoping dogs' keen sense of smell will lead them down the right path.
An early detection device that combines old-fashioned olfactory skills, chemical analysis and modern technology could lead to better survival rates for the disease, which is particularly deadly because it's often not caught until an advanced stage.

The ovarian cancer detection study is being funded by an $80,000 grant from the Madison, N.J.-based Kaleidoscope of Hope Foundation

Click to Read Full AP Article

 KOH is honored that our Vice President, Carole Fagella, is the recipient of the Cancer Support Community of Central NJ's Spirit of Courage award this year.  Carole's battle with O/C continues and so does her never ending activism in the fight against this disease and her tireless efforts to educate others about O/C. 

KOH's Lynn Franklin (left) with Carole Fagella (right)


KOH has renewed its partnership with the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance in Wahington DC.  Delegates from KOH will attend advocacy sessions in The House of Representatives and the Senate again in 2013 to promote national Ovarian Cancer initiatives on Capitol Hill.

KOH's Carole Fagella gives Award to US Senator Robert Menendez

Vice President, Carole Fagella, presented Senator Robert Menendez with an award from the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance in Washington DC in 2011.  Carole has represented KOH as a delegate and lobbyist in the Senate and the House of Representatives  for the past 5 years.  She participates annually in Capitol Hill Advocacy Day with our partner organization, OCNA

At Right, Carole Fagella (3rd from left), pictured with her son ,  Alex (far right), and other  OCNA delegates honor Senator Robert Menendez for his continued support of the ovarian cancer community .  Senator Menendez  was recognized with an outstanding achievement award  by the OC National Alliance for his strong support of ovarian cancer initiatives on Capitol Hill

KOH Funds Grants

KOH Funded a Grant That is a Published Poster Display at the 2012 Society of Gynecologic Oncology and at the 2012 National Annual Meeting of the Association of Clinical Oncology

KOH's Scientific Advisory Board chooses our grant recipients with great care and knowledge.  Proof lies with the American Society of Clinical Oncology's choice for a display at their 2012 National meeting presented by MSKCC researchers with funding from KOH - research which was supported by a grant from KOH!  click to view summary

Pictured above is Dr. David Hyman, recipient of 2011 KOH Grant Award

KOH 2010 Grant Recipient Honored by SGO

Dr. Sarah Adams, of the University of Pennsyvania Medical Center, was honored by the Society of Gynecologic Oncologists for her research project at SGO's 2012 Annual Meeting. Dr. Adams presented a power point presentation outlining her research with BRCA tumors.  Dr. Adam's ovarian cancer research was funded by a grant from KOH.

Click to view PowerPoint Presentation

KOH is very proud of its Scientific Advisory Committee and the brilliant researchers it selects to give financial grants to each year.

Presentation of $15,000 check to Community Medical Center- Toms River

 In 2012, KOH donated $15K to the Community Medical Center in Toms River, NJ.
Pictured above from Left to Right are: Kathy Lynch, Stephanie Bloom, Mariclaire Scott, Janice Carey
Stephanie Bloom is President and Chief Executive Officer at Community Medical Center-
This money donated by KOH will be used to assist with robotic gynecological oncology surgery for women!

 Fifteen Years of Passionate Activism!

The Kaleidoscope of Hope Foundation (KOH) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that raises funds and acts as the primary advocate for ovarian cancer activism in the New Jersey area. KOH was founded in 2000 by three ovarian cancer survivors who turned their experiences with ovarian cancer into passionate activism.

The hope in Kaleidoscope of Hope represents the difference that early diagnostic tests or disease-specific therapy can make in the lives of women and their families.

Since 2000, the Kaleidoscope of Hope Foundation has raised and awarded over $2.7 million to help fund research for early detection and new treatment options.

With a little bit of hope and your help, we can boost the survival rates of women affected by ovarian cancer and change lives. Learn more about KOH.



KOH is looking for men and women volunteers to help in the following areas:

  • Identify and write grants
  • Computer, social networking skills
  • Event Planning
  • Fundraising activities
If you are interested in helping KOH raise funds for research and awareness of Ovarian Cancer then please e-mail .  You may also call us at 973-644-0500.   COME JOIN US!

Cobie Smolders

Co-Star of
"How I Met Your Mother",
discusses her past battle
with ovarian cancer

O/C Research Updates

Click to read the Society of Gynecologic Oncology Annual Meeting 2015 Research Highlights

Hope Abounds! 

FDA Announcement
New Promising Drug!

Alicia's Message to you:

Watch this youtube video
Alicia's message to you 
could save your life!


Can Dogs Detect
Cancer by Smell?

PBS News Special Report
investigaes UPENN's
Vet Program and Ffoster, 
the dog sponsored by KOH!

Watch this PBS News Special


Features Dr. Otto of UPENN
and the training of dogs to
sniff out ovarian cancer.
Watch this News Update

Cathy's Story

Cathy's story is her personal
experience with ovarian
cancer.  The video is
produced by the
ovarian cancer initiative and
website created by a daughter
whose mother survived late
stage ovarian cancer. 
Visit their website  and
their facebook page


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