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Walking for Karen

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Walking for Karen


I took off on July 30th to backpack the entire John Muir Trail in an effort to raise money and awareness for Ovarian Cancer.  You can follow my entire journey on Facebook at  I’ll be posting updates there as frequently as I can while I’m out on the Trail.

Do you know:

The symptoms of Ovarian Cancer?

  • Feeling bloated; pain in your belly

What the test for Ovarian Cancer entails?

  • There is no test for ovarian cancer or any soft tissue cancer

How many women die each year from Ovarian Cancer?

  • 15,000

How many women get diagnosed each year with Ovarian Cancer?

  • 22,000

What month is dedicated to Ovarian Cancer awareness?

  • September

The color designated for Ovarian Cancer?

  • Teal

I didn't think so....let's change that!

The American Cancer Society estimates that there will be more than 22,000 new cases of Ovarian Cancer diagnosed this year, and that more than 15,000 women will die from Ovarian Cancer this year.

When one is diagnosed and treated in the earliest stages, the 5-year survival rate is more than 90%. Due to Ovarian Cancer's non-specific symptoms and lack of early detection tests, only 19% of all cases are found at this early stage. If caught in stage III or higher, the survival rate can be as low as 30.6%.

My goal is to raise $50,000 for Ovarian Cancer research. 100% of the donations will go to the Helen Diller Comprehensive Cancer Center at UCSF. 

Let's find a test for early detection of Ovarian Cancer together.


Greetings and thanks for stopping by #WalkingForKaren. My name is John “Woody” Orofino and I'm looking to raise money and awareness for Ovarian Cancer while I prepare for and complete my backpacking journey on the John Muir Trail from July 30th through August 22nd, 2014. 

I launched my fundraising website on July 18th and will keep it open for 45 days until September 1st, 2014. September is National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month. Until then, I'll be looking for your support through donations to my campaign and by helping me to spread the word!


In October of 2012, the day after my sister’s beautiful wedding in San Francisco, our parents informed us that my mother would be undergoing surgery the next day for stage III Ovarian Cancer. My parents knew about the cancer for several weeks before telling us, but elected to keep it a secret so it would not eclipse my sister’s joyous day. From the highest highs to the lowest lows, as a family, we have embarked on the difficult path of battling cancer.

19 months later, 6 rounds of chemo, multiple trips to the hospital, and continued set backs, my mom entered the care of hospice and decided to live out her remaining days on her terms. Mom passed away on May 24th, 2014. 

When we first found out about my mother’s illness, our family discussed the various ways we could raise money for Ovarian Cancer research. But because we were so focused on her care and well being, our priorities understandably shifted and fundraising took a back seat. 

Now, with my mother's passing, we want to reenergize the awareness around this horrible disease and I'm looking for your support. 100% of all donations will be made to the Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center of UCSF for Ovarian Cancer Research. Donations will not be used to financially support my walk in any way. 

UPDATE: Thank you to each and every person who helped us attain our goal of $50,000.  We have now set the goal to $100,000 as word is spreading about our fund to find a test and cure for this disease.  We will be updating the site with more content regarding ovarian cancer and our efforts going forward.   Please remember to ask your company to match your contribution. Thank YOU for making a difference!

We are grateful to the following supporters for their generous gifts made directly through the UCSF Foundation/Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center:

Victoria Cressman, Cassandra Farnham Gaenger and Paul Gaenger, Kathleen and Phil Fonfara, Jack Driscoll, Joan Siboni, Daisy and James Patrick, Janice Gutermann and John Ott, Christy and Kevin Haupt, Joe Monis, and the Jack and Judy Sherman Foundation.

Choose a giving level


Yosemite Valley

Help bring awareness to a disease that takes away tens of thousands of mothers, sisters, and daughters every year too soon.


Cathedral Peak

Pledge to be an ambassador for ovarian cancer.


Tuolumne Meadows

Educate people on the symptoms and early stage signs of Ovarian Cancer.


Donahue Pass

Inspire your community to take action and build awareness.


Thousand Island Lakes

Bring the fight against Ovarian Cancer to the forefront of people's minds.


Evolution Valley

Support our doctors and nurses so they can provide next level care for those in need.


Forrester Pass

Help expedite new tests and trials.


Mt. Whitney

Inspire world-renowned researchers and doctors to push the boundaries of what's possible.


John Muir

Lead the way towards finding an early screening test for Ovarian Cancer.