Dear Friends of MOCA:

Each year at MOCA, we strive to do more. More support for women with ovarian cancer. More research funding to make a difference against this disease. And more programming to educate the public and healthcare professionals. All to make a difference and reach new heights as we work to change the course of this disease.

And in 2015, we did just that, with a truly record-breaking year for our organization.

We provided the largest amount of funding to research ever, with more than $662,000 going to Minnesota researchers committed to an early detection test, better treatments and a cure for ovarian cancer.

We expanded our research funding nationally, as we made a commitment to provide $100,000 to the Stand Up to Cancer Ovarian Cancer Dream Team effort.

We supported and educated women and families throughout the state — and took our awareness message to new heights through our MOCA Lights the Night campaign.

This annual report highlights how MOCA worked towards accomplishing our mission in 2015 — and brought us closer to defeating this disease. These are accomplishments we couldn’t have reached without the help of you — our supporters.

Read on to learn more about our success in 2015. And thank you for helping us reach those heights.

With gratitude,



Kathleen Gavin

MOCA Executive Director

Linda Linder

MOCA Board President and Ovarian Cancer Survivor

2015 ACCOMPLISHMENTS AT A GLANCE

MOCA was created in 1999 by a group of ovarian cancer survivors.

We’ve grown to an alliance of more than 1,000 survivors and 45,000 supporters.

In 2015 we reached new heights, including:

Provided a record of more than $662,000 to ovarian cancer research funding.

Training more than 1,000+ healthcare professionals and students about ovarian cancer.

Reached hundreds through our MOCA Living Well meetings.

Made the dreams of 14 survivors come true through MOCA Dream Awards.

Took teal to new heights with MOCA Lights the Night.

Raised the most money for research and programming — ever — at HOM Teal Strides for Ovarian Cancer.

MOCA RESEARCH FUNDING

MOCA has awarded more than $5 million to ovarian cancer research projects in Minnesota.

2015 was a record year — as we distributed more than $662,000.

Every dollar directed to research means we’re closer to an early detection test, better treatments, and one day, a cure.

The 2015 Minnesota research projects include:

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Research by the Numbers

Dr. Reuben Harris

"Without MOCA, I think it’s safe to say that we wouldn’t have ever been bold enough to venture into ovarian cancer research."

Dr. Reuben Harris

University of Minnesota and 2015 MOCA-funded researcher

Medical Education

A critical component of MOCA’s mission is to create awareness among the healthcare community and its students. The goal? To achieve earlier diagnosis and better treatment for ovarian cancer.

MOCA trains survivors to educate the healthcare community about the symptoms through our Survivors Teaching Students® program.

Our STS® volunteers held dozens of presentations and trained hundreds of students at institutions including Mayo Clinic, the University of Minnesota, and Minnesota State University, Mankato, among others.

MOCA was able to exhibit at four healthcare conferences throughout the state of Minnesota in 2015.

We also formed a nurses and physician assistants Advisory Committee to help guide our medical education strategy and further connect us with providers.

Laura Mauro

"Volunteering for the STS program has been so important in my recovery from cancer, to my desire to educate and my need to ‘pay it forward’. I hope my participation will ultimately benefit my daughter and future generations — that they will never have to tell a story about surviving ovarian cancer."

Laura Mauro

Survivor

Anita and Walter Lubov Scholarship Fund

MOCA awards scholarships to oncology nurses and physician assistants to further their education in the treatment of ovarian cancer.

In 2015, four Anita and Walter Lubov Fund Scholarships were awarded, totaling $7,250.

Public Education and Awareness

MOCA aims to educate about ovarian cancer.

Whether it’s at a MOCA Living Well meeting, conferences and tabling opportunities, media stories or more — MOCA gets our message out there.

In 2015, we educated the public through…

Four MOCA Living Well meetings that touched on topics important to women with ovarian cancer.

30 health fairs and awareness-raising opportunities throughout the state.

MOCA was featured in 30+ media stories throughout Minnesota — from print, to television, to radio and web.

We were highlighted through WCCO-TV and WDIO-TV’s Trees of Hope campaign in December 2015.

Moca Lights the Night

MOCA brought teal to the Minneapolis skyline in September 2015 as part of our MOCA Lights the Night campaign. We lit the IDS Center, Foshay Tower, 35W Bridge and Lowry Avenue Bridge in teal on September 1. We also held a small gathering at the W Hotel (also lit in teal) in downtown Minneapolis to make a toast to teal with our supporters.

Tie it Teal

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For the fourth successful year in a row, our Tie it Teal campaign distributed more than 3,000 pairs of teal shoelaces and symptom cards to Minnesota youth sports teams. Our annual Tie it Teal Day with the Twins attracted survivors and family members from around the Midwest, while raising awareness.

Support

An ovarian cancer diagnosis is life changing. But thanks to MOCA — no woman need experience this path alone.

MOCA offers a range of support groups and programming to help women at every stage of an ovarian cancer diagnosis.

We supported hundreds of women and families in 2015.

Highlights include:

Our ongoing MOCA Connections meetings, which provide support and information to newly diagnosed women and their loved ones.

Monthly Coffee & Connection meetings offer support during the day.

Young Survivor Network get-togethers.

One-on-one support offered over the phone through our community support and program manager.

14 women had dreams come true through MOCA’s Dream Awards program.

Fundraising for a Reason

MOCA reached new heights in research funding, support programming and awareness, all because of you — our MOCA supporters.

Our supporters came through in major ways at our major annual events — making 2015 our most successful year yet for fundraising and uniting our community of ovarian cancer survivors and supporters.

HOM Teal Strides for Ovarian Cancer

Our 16th annual walk and run for ovarian cancer was a smashing success — with a record number of teams and more than $350,000 raised for ovarian cancer research and programming.

Yet again, HOM Furniture was the title sponsor of MOCA’s premier event.

More than 225 teams — the most ever! — fundraised, walked and ran for MOCA.

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Black, White & Teal Gala

Our newly renamed Black, White & Teal Gala was held at The Commons Hotel in Minneapolis in April 2015. We raised a total of $80,000 for ovarian cancer research funding and programming.

With a crowd of more than 350 attendees, we were also joined by Minnesota Public Radio’s Cathy Wurzer and WCCO-TV’s Kim Johnson to help spur on the support of MOCA.

Molly Cade Scramble for Ovarian Cancer

Golfers wore their teal and took to the greens of Brackett’s Crossing Country Club in July 2015 for the annual Molly Cade Scramble for Ovarian Cancer. A sold-out crowd of golfers teed off to support ovarian cancer research and programming.

Community Fundraising Events

Each year, dozens of MOCA supporters give back to MOCA in their own unique way, by organizing their own fundraising event. From golf events to motorcycle rallies to birthday parties, our MOCA supporters get creative as they fundraise for MOCA!

Financials

MOCA has achieved top ratings in financial accountability and transparency from Charity Navigator, Guidestar and Charities Review Council.

In 2015, out of every dollar donated to MOCA, we directed 81 cents to research and programming and only 19 cents to fundraising and management.

Board Members

Linda<br />Linder

Linda
Linder

MOCA Board
President

Mary Pat Oslund

Mary Pat Oslund

MOCA Board
Vice President

Meghan Hansen

Meghan Hansen

MOCA Board
Secretary

Ellen Kleinbaum

Ellen Kleinbaum

MOCA Board
Treasurer

Kathy Bowling

Kathy Bowling

David Gehant

David Gehant

Nancy Libbey

Nancy Libbey

Carol Luukkonen

Carol Luukkonen

Melissa Oszustowicz

Melissa Oszustowicz

Sandy Tollefson

Sandy Tollefson

Marcia Trevarthen

Marcia Trevarthen

John Wetzel

John Wetzel

Susan Kushner

Susan Kushner

Honorary Board Member

MOCA Staff

Kathleen Gavin

Kathleen Gavin

Executive Director

Lauren Baregi

Lauren Baregi

Events Manager

Becky Lechner

Becky Lechner

Communications Manager

Kathy McGovern

Kathy McGovern

Medical Education Manager

Molly St. George

Molly St. George

Administrative Assistant

June Miller

June Miller

Data Entry Specialist

Becky West

Becky West

Finance Manager

Constance White

Constance White

Operations Manager

Chris Wick

Chris Wick

Support and Community Program Manager