top of page
Katie's favorite beach on Long Island
Katie Oppo in front of an outdoor scene

Katie Rose Oppo

“I read somewhere that false hope does not exist, and it was something that stuck in my mind. Because hope in itself is never guaranteed, it can’t be false in the same way that it can’t be true. Life without hope is similar in my mind to a life without dreams or goals-not really a life at all. That’s why I promise myself that I will never give up hope. That is not to say that there isn’t such a thing as being naive, because of course there is an overruling sense of logic in my mind that tells me when things are “likely” versus “unlikely.” 

Katie Rose Oppo was born on June 19, 1991 in Queens, N.Y. She graduated from Manhasset High School in 2009. Her intellectual achievements, coupled with her love of the sciences, led her to choose Johns Hopkins University. At school, Katie focused on completing the pre-med requirements in preparation for fulfilling her dream of becoming a physician.


In August 2010, prior to her sophomore year at Hopkins, Katie was diagnosed with Stage IV Small Cell Carcinoma of the Ovary, Hypercalcemic Type (SCCOHT).  At 19 years old, when your life is just beginning, can you imagine being faced with an extremely rare and life threatening disease? Katie was shocked by the lack of information surrounding SCCOHT. While she endured intensive chemotherapy under the care of several outstanding physicians, Katie continued to maintain a positive outlook and counter each obstacle with dignity and grace.


On April 11, 2011, after valiantly battling her illness for eight months, Katie left this world without ever giving up hope. She had a unique impact on all who were fortunate enough to have known her, as well as those who only knew her through her story. It is her wish that we shed light on this rare and life threatening disease. Your contributions will be put towards fulfilling Katie’s dream.

Hope by Katie Oppo - 11/3/2010


Our mission to increase awareness and fund research for the prevention, treatment, and cure of Small Cell Carcinoma of the Ovary, Hypercalcemic Type (SCCOHT) – a rare and life-threatening disease–as well as all forms of ovarian cancer.


We are so passionate about this cause because our hero, Katie Oppo, succumbed to SCCOHT on April 11, 2011. Katie was an intelligent, determined and courageous person whose dream was to become a physician. She was shocked by the lack of information available to help guide her to the proper treatment for her rare disease. Team Katie’s goal is to shed light on SCCOHT by funding research so others facing this challenge are not alone.

Without your support our vision is not sustainable. We are currently funding research that targets the causes of ovarian cancer and investigates viable, groundbreaking avenues of prevention, treatment and cure.

The Research Fund

The Katie Oppo Research Fund is a 501c3 non-profit organization dedicated to raising funds to research the cause and prevention of SCCOHT and all forms of ovarian cancer. All proceeds go directly to the research fund and are granted to cancer research institutions and individual researchers. We do not offer salaries to any team members as we are staffed entirely by volunteers who are dedicated to our cause and the memory of Katie Oppo.

We raise money through events such as the Katie Oppo Memorial Walk/Run in June, the Katie Oppo Research Fund Dinner Gala in November, Supporter Sponsored Events and donations from people like you! Thank you for taking the time to visit our website, and we encourage you to become a member of Team Katie and donate to this very worthy cause.

Meet Team Katie

To make sure Katie’s legacy lives on in the hearts and minds of those she has touched, Team Katie has established a non-profit foundation, the Katie Oppo Research Fund to honor their hero and to raise funds for cancer research. Team Katie is an exceptional group of friends and family inspired by an extraordinary person whose meaningful life was lived with determination, courage, and integrity.

Katie Oppo gave the team hope from the very beginning when she assessed her diagnosis with a critical eye. By following her example we got our wagons into a circle and rallied around her to protect her from the enemy: Small Cell Carcinoma of the Ovary, Hypercalcemic Type (SCCOHT). She didn’t flinch when she faced multiple surgeries and four cycles of the most toxic chemotherapy regimens. Instead, she made plans with her family and friends and lived her life as fully as could be imagined under the circumstances. Only Team Katie knows the depth and breadth of what our hero was able to do. We are dedicated to her, and owe her the tribute of raising funds for research to unlock the mystery of a disease that took such a precious life. While Team Katie recognizes there are many great causes to support, we believe that this one deserves your consideration. Your contributions will help keep Katie’s determination alive and bring list to a disease where hope is a serious challenge.

It is Team Katie’s goal to break the silence of this aggressive cancer and fund research that will lead to prevention, screening, and cure.

In Loving Memory:

Katie Rose Oppo

06.19.1991 - 04.11.2011
Forever in our hearts.

white flowers on tree
bottom of page