Volume 7, Number 3
MINNESOTA OVARIAN CANCER ALLIANCE
Inside this issue: Young Survivor Network Oncology Nursing Scholarships
Book Review: “The Patient From Hell”
Ovarian Cancer in the News 9 Molly Cade Memorial Golf Tournament & Gala
Corporate Spotlight: Mike Finley
10th Annual OCNA Conference
MOCA’s 2006 ANNUAL REPORT If you would like to learn more about MOCA, its medical education and research grant programs, outreach, fundraising activities and financials, check out the 2006 Annual Report, which is posted on our web site (in the lower left hand corner): www.mnovarian.org.
8th Annual Silent No More Walk/Run for Ovarian Cancer Saturday, September 15, Rosland Park in Edina No Fee for Online Registration This year for the first time, we are offering online registration at no charge. If you go to MOCA’s website: www.mnovarian.org you’ll find a link on the homepage that will take you directly to the registration form. By registering online, you are actually helping MOCA. As the number of participants for the Walk/Run has grown each year, so too has the data entry needs for registrations we receive in the mail. Last year, MOCA staff and volunteers had a hard time keeping up with the demand. For that rea-
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son, we are encouraging you to register online. Registration Fee: Adults $20 before 9/7; $25 after 9/7 Children 12 & Under: $10 before 9/7; $12 after 9/7. T-shirts are guaranteed only to individuals who register by September 7.
Go to active.com/donate/ moca8 and tell your story online. What is your connection to ovarian cancer? Are you a survivor? Is a family member, friend or co-worker living with the disease? Are you raising pledges in memory of a loved one? You can send an email blast to all of your contacts and ask them to visit your fundraising page and make a donation online. It’s quick, easy and secure.
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Open Arms of Minnesota Partners with MOCA P ro v id e r E xt e nd s S e rv ic e s t o W o me n w it h O va ria n C a nc e r Open Arms of Minnesota is a non-profit agency that provides meal delivery service specifically for people living with chronic and progressive illness in the Twin Cities metro area.
Through a partnership with MOCA, Open Arms has agreed to begin providing services to women with ovarian cancer. Open Arms provides lunch, dinner and some breakfast items for those who are ill and any dependent children or caregivers living with them.
If you are in need of their services or know someone who is, please visit their web site at www.openarms.org/clients.htm or call MOCA at 612/822-0500 and we will help you with the referral.
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Letter from the President themselves to market it to our membership. All of this taking place while Penny continues to receive treatment for the disease.
Each quarter when I sit down to write this letter, I try to think of something to tell you that inspires me about the work of MOCA and its members. It usually doesn’t take me long to come up with a topic. This time as I was thinking at the MOCA office, I was inspired by a work of beauty hanging in the front entrance. I hope by now you have had the opportunity to see the “Blooming Hope” quilt. I know that it has been displayed at several of our events and has made its way to some corporations in our area. If you haven’t had the chance to see it in person, I’d like to encourage you to view it on our website or stop by MOCA’s office. What inspires me about this quilt is not only its beauty but the beauty of the person behind the vision. Penny Van Beek, an ovarian cancer survivor and active MOCA member, wanted to do something to help MOCA raise awareness of this disease and to support MOCA’s programs. She contacted us last year about having a quilt made for the organization.
Blooming Hope Quilt “They Shall Guide Us” Initially, she thought that maybe it would be a nice addition to a silent auction, but then her vision and ours became larger. Exposure of the quilt at a silent auction would only affect one night, Penny wanted more than that. She and her husband, Dale, came up with the idea of selling raffle tickets throughout the year to raise awareness of ovarian cancer. Penny friend’s Barbara Bieraugel donated her time and talent to make the quilt. Penny and Dale took it upon
At this point, we have sold hundreds of raffle tickets, but considering the efforts of this family I’d like those numbers to be in the thousands. This is an instance where it really isn’t about the money raised – it’s about the success of the project, which helps ensure the success of other projects our members take upon themselves to raise money and awareness. I’d like to encourage all of you to purchase a ticket to help ensure the success of this endeavor. Raffle tickets are only $5 and the quilt is valued at over $5,000. To buy tickets you can either stop by the office or call 612822-0500. Have a wonderful rest of the summer; I hope to see all of you at the Walk Run! Warmly, Lisa
MOCA Board of Directors Janice Born
Lisa McLaughlin, President
R.S. Tripp Snyder, Secretary
Ellen Kleinbaum, Treasurer Susan Kushner
Sarah Noonan, Vice President
Joy Wetzel Christie Wick
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In Celebration of Life All of us at MOCA wish to honor and celebrate the lives of the following women who recently passed away. Their strength, courage and grace are to be admired. We will carry on the fight against ovarian cancer in their names. We extend our sympathies to their spouses, partners, children, family and friends.
Ruth Bear Diane Overson Marcene Reder Eleanore Ristow Barbara Tilford Judy Wyatt
MOCA Medical Advisory Committee Peter A. Argenta, M.D. Cheryl L. Bailey, M.D. Matthew P. Boente, M.D. Linda F. Carson, M.D. A. Catherine Casey, M.D. William A. Cliby, M.D. Thomas P. Flynn, M.D. Melissa A. Geller, M.D. Rahel Ghebre, M.D. Bobbie S. Gostout, M.D. Paul Haluska, Jr., M.D., Ph. D. Lynn C. Hartmann, M.D. Monica B. Jones, M.D. Patricia L. Judson, M.D. Joseph W. Leach, M.D. Harold N. Londer, M.D. Harry J. Long, M.D. Prema P. Peethambaram, M.D. Karl C. Podratz, M.D., Ph.D C. Robert Stanhope, M.D. Timothy O. Wilson, M.D.
Our Mission • To create an awareness regarding early warning signs that may be indicative of ovarian cancer • To create and promote resources for support, networking, and education for women diagnosed with ovarian cancer in order to help them in their battle • To unite and educate individuals, the medical community, and organizations to overcome ovarian cancer • To advance ovarian cancer research toward better treatment, diagnosis and a cure SEPTEMBER IS OVARIAN CANCER AWARENESS MONTH Wear Teal on September 7th to Raise Awareness of Ovarian Cancer & Its Symptoms
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Suggestions from Last Year’s Top Pledge Getters Marty Skemp Brown walked in honor of her mom Tucky who was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2003. She and her sister sent an email to everyone they knew and followed up every few weeks with a reminder. Her mom also sent a letter to her family and friends who don’t have email. “I was really touched by the responses we got,” said Marty. “One thing that REALLY helped was having the active.com site where people could donate online. The site was also helpful for keeping track of non-online donations. I made sure to send a personal thank you to everyone who donated (as did my mom) as soon as possible after receiving the checks or notification of an online donation. After the race we sent out another letter to everyone with a Tucky’s Team photo and thanked them once again.” Here is a copy of Marty’s email updated with this year’s informaton. Please feel free to plagiarize: Dear Friends and Family, On September 15, 2007 Minnesota Ovarian Cancer Alliance (MOCA) will hold its 8th Annual Silent No More Walk/Run for Ovarian Cancer in honor of all women who have fought this disease. MOCA is a nonprofit education and awareness organization founded by ovarian cancer survivors. It has awarded $1.7 million dollars for research grants in Minnesota. This year I will be walking in honor of my mother, Eliza “Tucky” Skemp, a current ovarian cancer survivor. It will not surprise those of you who know her that she has been a courageous fighter and an inspiration in the face of this insidious disease.
Marty Skemp Brown with her mom Tucky Skemp at the 2006 Walk/Run I invite you to walk or run with us! If you are unable to participate, but would like to help out, I request your support in the form of a pledge. Your tax-deductible contribution can be made online at www.active.com/ donate/moca8 or checks made out to MOCA can be sent to me. Ovarian cancer affects 1 in 57 women. But it really affects us all as sisters, brothers, parents, children, and friends of those who deal with the disease. Thank you for your support, Marty P.S. Please forward this email to Rosland Park is located at 4300 West 66th St., Edina, MN 55435 (Hwy. 62 & Valley View Road, west of France on 66th Street)] 7:30-8:30 a.m. Last minute registration 8:30 a.m. Survivor Photo 9:00 a.m. 5K Run 9:30 a.m. 2K Walk 10:00 a.m. Kids’ Fun Run 10:30 a.m. Awards & Door Prizes
others and support the fight against ovarian cancer. Sarah Noonan is vice president of MOCA’s board of directors, a member of the Young Survivors Network, and an active pledge getter. She sends an email to all of her family and friends and directs them to her own web site, which includes a link to registration and online donations. Here is what Sarah and her husband Mike’s home page says: Welcome Family & Friends! For the past 4 years, MOCA’s Walk/Run has been a very important event in Mike’s and my lives. Thanks to significant support from all of you, “Team Noonan” already has raised almost $10,000 for Minnesota Ovarian Cancer Alliance (MOCA), which is the not-for-profit organization founded in 1999 to raise awareness about ovarian cancer, provide support and education to the general public and medical community, and fund research for better treatments and a cure. In the past 7 years, MOCA has granted $1.7 million to scientists & clinicians in Minnesota
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for ovarian cancer research! This research is so important, not only because there is no screening test for ovarian cancer, (because of which the majority of women diagnosed will die from the disease due to late stage diagnosis); but also because we want to demonstrate our love and support for a few wonderful women very close to us who either have lost their battles or continue to fight with incredible strength, bravery, and grace. The Walk/Run is a way for us, our family, and our friends to celebrate how lucky we are that I was diagnosed at an early stage, and it is also a way to support and honor those women who have lost their battle or who continue to fight everyday!
Pledge Prize Program A special incentive will be awarded to individuals who raise pledges in the following amounts: $500 - $1,500 MOCA Umbrella $1,501 - $2,000 Commemorative MOCA picture frame $2,001+ MOCA Watch Prizes are not cumulative. You will receive a prize for the level corresponding to the total amount of pledges submitted by September 28, 2007. Prizes will be available at the Fall MOCA meeting or MOCA office after October 30.
Special Prizes for Top Adult Pledge Getters • A Bike • An iPod • Portable DVD Player $25 Gift Card for Every Child 12 & under Who Raises $500 or More In Pledges. In order to qualify, all pledges must be received in the MOCA office by September 28, 2007. Winners will be announced at the Fall MOCA Meeting.
We look forward to seeing you at the Walk/Run on Saturday, September 15!
MOCA Young Survivor Network – News & Updates By Sarah Noonan The Young Survivor Network meets on the 3rd Tuesday of each month at the MOCA Office from 6:30 – 8:30pm. We continue to welcome new members to our group and encourage healthcare providers to share information about the group with women in their teens, 20s and 30s who are diagnosed with the disease. We believe that all members benefit from the diversity in age and experience and hope that anyone who considers themselves a “young survivor” feels welcome to become a part of the Young Survivor Network. At a recent meeting, we developed an on-line survey for our group. We established specific objectives for the survey which are: • To improve current programming in order to address the many unique needs of young survivors of ovarian cancer • To enhance education we provide to the medical community as well as the general public in order to raise awareness about ovarian cancer in young women • To better understand the variety of ages, stages, and treatment status of our network so that we can establish a mechanism of connecting survivors in similar situations, if they ask for and are willing to provide individual support to one another • To determine if there are un-met needs among our members. This includes programming, accessibility of meeting times and location, and resources available
As of July 13th, 23 members of our group have participated in this survey (a 56% response rate), and we have received very interesting and beneficial information to improve programming and support for our members. Additional questions addressed in the survey included: • Specific issues important to our members • Issues preventing our members from participating • Geographic distribution of our group If you are interested in learning more about our survey, or if you are a young survivor and would like to participate, you may access the survey at the following website: http://www.survey monkey.com/s.aspx?sm=nkGJFKX7vF plXhKRlp7hEw_3d_3d We also plan to develop a survey for brand new members of our group to ensure that we are always aware of the many issues facing young survivors of ovarian cancer. On another note, our group continues to work hard at obtaining donations for survivor gift bags for the 8th Annual “Silent No More” Walk/Run. If you would like to assist with this project, or if you know of potential donors, please contact Kristen Larson at the MOCA office. She can be reached at 612-822-0500 or [email protected]
ATTENTION SURVIVORS: Encourage Your Oncology Nurses to Apply for the Anita Lubov Memorial Scholarship Fund Please encourage all your oncology nurses to apply for an Anita Lubov Memorial Scholarship. Last year, most applicants applied because a MOCA member told them about the scholarship fund and encouraged them to apply. Many of the nurses mentioned that they appreciate this scholarship opportunity because local hospitals are decreasing funding to cover the costs of attending national educational conferences. MOCA’s scholarship fund was established by the family of Anita Lubov. Mrs. Lubov, an oncology nurse in Ohio, died of ovarian cancer in 1999. The fund is available for currently practicing oncology nurses from Minnesota to attend national educational conferences. “My mom saw value in nursing education and to honor her memory in this way is most fitting,” says Mrs. Lubov’s daughter Jan Arnold. The purpose of the Anita Lubov Memorial Scholarship is to provide financial assistance for oncology nurses to attend conferences that will help them: • Improve their care of women with ovarian cancer • Increase their knowledge of ovarian cancer • Enable them to educate others about ovarian cancer The funding can be used to support travel, conference fees, lodging and per diem. Tw o s c h o l a rs h ip s a re a w a rd e d e a c h y e a r. T h e d e a d l ine t o a p p l y f o r t h is y e a r is O c t o b e r 30, 2007. A p p l ic a t io ns a re a va il a b l e o n t h e M OC A web s it e www.mno va ria n.org .
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Oncology Nursing Society Congress—What Happens in Vegas Doesn’t HAVE to Stay There By Karin Goodman When I joined the Oncology Nursing Society (ONS), everyone who had attended Congress, the annual conference, had nothing but great things to say about it: “You have to try to get to Congress.” “There is nothing like Congress, it is a wonderful experience and you will love it.” I thought the Anita Lubov Memorial Scholarship might give me the opportunity to attend and I was thrilled when I learned that I had been granted a scholarship. Congress this year was held April 2427th in Las Vegas, Nevada. There was a pre-conference session on Monday afternoon on “Intraperitoneal Chemotherapy and Ovarian Cancer” that I felt would be a wonderful way to start out my experience. I was pleased to find the conference room nearly full of oncology nurses interested in ovarian cancer. The next morning we had the opening ceremony with over 6,000 oncology nurses from all over the world. After the keynote address, the difficult part of Congress began. There were so many wonderful and interesting seminars to attend it was difficult to choose. I made a point of attending any seminar that had a focus of ovarian or gynecological cancer. One very interesting seminar was by Dr. Mauro Ferrari, who presented his research on nanotechnology. He was able to bring a very complicated subject to a level where we all could understand it. I also enjoyed a talk by Anne Reb, a nurse from Walter Reed Medical Center. Her research into the needs of the ovarian patient found that women diagnosed with the disease want a message of hope as well as honesty from their provider. I was able to talk
to Anne after the conference and since the conference about what we need to be offering to our ovarian patients. Congress gave me the opportunity to talk to many oncology nurses from around the country and compare notes on practice differences. There was the opportunity to learn about some of the latest pharmaceutical changes that have taken place, such as lapatinib, a new therapy for breast cancer that is also being trialed in ovarian cancer as well. As I have been working on my master’s degree, the Oncology Nursing Society was always brought up as a leader in evidence based practice, where research studies done by nurses’ show why there should be changes in the way that patient care is provided. It is how patient care is improved and it is how nurses can and do make a difference. There was an entire ballroom dedicated to the evidence based practice research done by the ONS nurses. It was so impressive. My ONS experience can be summed up by a conversation that I had with a nurse while we were waiting for a session to start. She remarked that all the nurses that were at Congress were there because we share a passion for what we do. Some work in the hospital, some work nights and weekends, some work in the chemo units, and some are like me, in research, and yet, all of us love what we do and wouldn’t trade it for anything. Everyone came away from Congress re-energized and excited to share everything they had learned, so what happened in Vegas certainly wasn’t going to stay in Vegas. I would like to thank the Lubov family for this wonderful opportunity, I truly enjoyed every minute of Congress.
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Dreams: Support, Sisterhood, and Survivorship By Kristie Heinen The 2007 Society of Gynecologic Nurse Oncologist conference was aptly titled, “A Peach of a Dream.” We all have dreams for ourselves, our family, our friends, our patients. My name is Kristie Heinen and I have gotten involved with MOCA because I am a nurse at the University of Minnesota Medical Center. I work on 7C, which is the Gynecologic Oncology (GynOnc) unit. I have been a nurse for five years and have really fallen in love with the GynOnc population. I have been involved in the Society of Gynecologic Nurse Oncologists (SGNO) for four years and the thing that I really love about it is the confer-
ence. Although it does not have the vast numbers of some organizations, it has very passionate people working towards the goal of irradicating gynecological cancers. It has been great for me to see so many nurses that care passionately about the same things that I do in my career. It was great to network with other nurses and to understand the differences and similarities that we have from all over the nation. The conference had about 120 attendees and the agenda featured many great talks about multiple GynOnc issues. There are doctors that present, but mainly nurses who have done research in multiple areas of the GynOnc world. Some of the presentations included: The important role of
Support Groups & Facilitators Visiting with another survivor is one thing many women say helps them cope with their experience of living with ovarian cancer. This is why MOCA’s support groups are so valuable for the women who attend them. Currently, MOCA has five support groups, as well as the Young Survivor Network and a group for daughters who have lost their mothers to the disease. These groups enable women to receive support, as well as offer their own support to others. Alex Pippitt, a survivor and support group member exclaims, “This wonderful group of women, at various stages of survivorship themselves, somehow, always still find the time and energy to extend a hand in friendship and support to others who are learning to live with the diagnosis of ovarian cancer. I am so grateful to have their support and generosity of spirit.” What can an ovarian cancer survivor expect when attending a support group meeting? Besides support, a lot of helpful information based on per-
sonal experiences and stories are also shared. Nuala Kernan, a member who has been attending meetings for the past year and a half, stated, “the feeling of being “alone” on the awful journey was lessened by their [the other members] friendship, fun, humor, knowledge, and experience.” Adds Alex, “The thing that has surprised me the most about our meetings is how much we laugh.” Jean Rafferty, the facilitator for the Minneapolis and Monticello support groups, says, “It is a privilege for me to bear witness to the wonderful women. The members’ incredible optimism and acceptance and their dedication and support of one another are truly inspiring.” For a current listing of locations and times the support groups meet, please check the MOCA website or contact Kristen Larson at 612-822-0500.
IP chemotherapy with ovarian cancer, the main symptom cluster of people with ovarian cancer, working through survivorship, nutritional connections, and the challenges of altered sexuality. The two that I found most interesting are the nutritional points and the altered sexuality. Over the years, I have heard many wonderful things about MOCA from patients, their families and other nurses. Now I know first hand how amazing the organization is. One of my dreams for my career is to give the best patient care that I can. I believe that by participating in this conference I have become a better nurse, which I have MOCA and the Lubovs to thank.
Currently MOCA is looking for several new volunteer support group facilitators for our Minneapolis groups, as well as one for a group that will soon be developed in St. Cloud. A commitment to twice monthly meetings is required. Please contact Kristen at the MOCA office for more information: 612/822-0500 or [email protected]
A Toast to Life Sunday,October 14 Varsity Theater in Dinkytown It’s going to be a magical evening with fabulous food and lots of surprises. Check MOCA’s website for more details: www.mnovarian.org and discover the NEW online auction! This event honors Jill and Merle Rosenberg. The funds raised support MOCA’s Ovarian Cancer Research Grant Program. For an invitation or more information, call MOCA 612/822-0500.
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The Patient from Hell by Stephen H. Schneider, Ph.D. (with Janica Lane) Reviewed by Terry Richardson Stephen H. Schneider is “The Patient from Hell” throughout his diagnosis and treatment for stage IV mantle cell lymphoma. His book is a very detailed account of his personal cancer battle from both a patient’s perspective and a scientist’s perspective. He draws from his life’s work as a research scientist in the area of Environmental Climate Control, and uses decision analysis techniques to understand and make treatment decisions. The book is excessively technical at times, frightening and very lymphoma specific, but does offer helpful seeds of knowledge to anyone maneuvering through a cancer experience. He stresses the importance of persistence and insistence in working with your doctors to be seen as a “specific” patient vs. the status quo “average” patient. For example, at age 56, Schneider was able to persuade his doctors to give him a treatment when the defined cut-off age for the treatment was 55. He proved through laboratory tests that he met the requirements for the treatment despite the fact that he was 56. He also points out some of the frustrations with standard protocols, many that I could relate to from my treatment for stage IIC Ovarian Cancer. For example, like Schneider, I was not given Neulasta (Neupogen in his case) proactively to boost my blood counts during chemotherapy and keep me on schedule. I was given the drug after I “earned” it when my blood counts were too low to receive a scheduled chemo infusion. Gratefully, I did receive Neulasta throughout the remainder of my chemo treatment which prevented additional delays. Schneider questions this protocol as
he argues that there is greater cost in delaying a patient’s chemotheropy than in the cost of the drug itself. Although Schneider does navigate quite successfully through the medical system to receive individualized care, I question how relevant his experience is to the general population. He does have some advantages as a world renowned scientist working at Stanford University. He has many colleagues and connections in the medical community, is highly skilled at research and decision analysis techniques, and has adequate financial resources. Still, he conveys how important it is to understand not only what treatment we are receiving but also why, in relationship to other possibilities. He proves how personal involvement and working with our doctors leads to the best individual outcomes. Schneider emphasizes the need to be your own advocate or have someone advocate for you by working as a liaison between you (the patient) and the medical community to help digest and disseminate all the vital medical information about your disease. He suggests asking the following questions when considering treatment options: What are the potential outcomes? What is the likelihood of it happening? And, what is the cost if you do or don’t choose that treatment option? In the end, this is a book of hope as Stephen Schneider is a 5+ year survivor of stage IV lymphoma. It leaves you with a greater appreciation for decision analysis in the face of uncertainty, clinical trials, patient advocacy, integrated health care and individualized treatment options.
MOCA Membership Meetings to be held in Grand Forks, Duluth and Fergus Falls This fall MOCA will be holding meetings for ovarian cancer survivors, family members and friends in Grand Forks, Duluth and Fergus Falls. The meetings will be an hour of socializing and information about ovarian cancer and MOCA. The meeting in Grand Forks will be held at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences on Friday, November 9. The Duluth Meeting will be October 11 or 12 and the Fergus Falls meeting will be October 2 or 3. The exact time and location of the meetings will be available later this fall on MOCA’s website at www.mnovarian.org or contact Kathy McGovern via email at [email protected]
or by phone, 612/822-0500.
FREE MOCA DVDs To Raise Awareness of MOCA & Ovarian Cancer MOCA’s new eight-minute video, produced by Hoffman Communications, showcases all that the organization does. King Solutions, one of our major corporate donors, has provided us with free copies of the DVD to help raise awareness of ovarian cancer and let as many people as possible know about MOCA. The DVD is a great way to let people know that September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month and can also help you in your pledge raising efforts for the Walk/Run. If you would like a free copy for yourself or your family, friends and colleagues, please contact Jean at [email protected]
or call MOCA, 612/822-0500.
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Carols’ Cards When Carol Luukkonen went for her annual exam in October of 2005, she thought she was in good health. But her oncologist discovered she had ovarian cancer. Carol had been painting as a hobby off and on for years. She had never taken it too seriously until after her diagnosis. Then she decided to share her interest in art and help MOCA raise money for research and increase awareness of ovarian cancer at the same time. With the help of her husband Tom, she made some reproductions of her work on the computer and turned them into cards that she used for thank you notes. She sent them to her family and friends after her surgery and during chemo.
bers’ art sale, she decided to get more of the note cards printed so she could sell them there and through MOCA. The six-pack of cards makes a thoughtful gift for teachers, a hostess gift, a birthday present, or just a nice remembrance for someone special. To view the cards, visit MOCA’s web site: www.mnovarian.org. The cards sell for $2 each or for $10 for six.
This past spring, when the Bloomington Art Center had a mem-
Ovarian Cancer in the News On June 13, the Gynecologic Cancer Foundation, the Society of Gynecologic Oncologists and the American Cancer Society announced to the press the first national consensus on ovarian cancer symptoms. (This information was first published in the January 15, 2007 issue of Cancer and was reported here in the MOCA Messenger in the winter issue.) The announcement appeared on the front page of the New York Times. MOCA’s executive director Kathleen Gavin, MOCA board members and members of the Medical Advisory Committee spoke to local media outlets about the meaning of the consensus, which states that the following symptoms are much more likely to occur in women with ovarian cancer than women in the general population.
The symptoms include: • Bloating • Pelvic or abdominal pain • Difficulty eating or feeling full quickly • Urinary symptoms (urgency or frequency) Women with ovarian cancer report that symptoms are persistent and represent a change from normal for their bodies. When symptoms are experienced almost daily for more than a few weeks, women are advised to see their doctor, preferably a gynecologist. • MOCA board member Ellen Kleinbaum and gynecologic oncologist Dr. Levi Downs were interviewed on FOX 9 News on Wednesday, June 13
• Kathleen Gavin appeared on the KARE 11 Sunrise on Thursday, June 14. • MOCA board member and young survivor Sarah Noonan appeared on WCCO This Morning on Monday, June 18. • MOCA medical advisory committee member Dr. Peter Argenta was interviewed by Eleanor Mondale on her radio show on WCCO AM on Wednesday, June 20. • Kathleen was also interviewed for a story that ran in Minnesota Women’s Press in the July 3 issue. The announcement of the consensus was a great opportunity to raise awareness of ovarian cancer and its symptoms.
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Molly Cade Memorial Golf Tournament & Gala The Molly Cade Memorial Golf Tournament & Gala was held on Sunday, July 22 & Monday, July 23 at Brackett’s Crossing Country Club in Lakeville. More than 200 guests attended the gala dinner. Greg Thunder from KS95 did a wonderful job as our emcee. With over 100 fabulous items on which to bid, the silent and live auctions were a tremendous success. The next day, 210 golfers participated in the morning and afternoon tournaments. Thank you to the Golf Committee: Joe Cade & Mike Patterson, Co-Chairs Barry and Susan Kushner Patty Lynn-Sidoti Pam MacDonald Julie Nelson Joelle Overton Thank you to our sponsors: Presenting Sponsors The Burish Group of UBS Financial Services, Inc. King Solutions, Inc.
Golf committee members Patty Lynn-Sidoti, Mike Patterson, Kathleen Gavin and Julie Nelson with gala emcee Greg Thunder from KS95. Hole Sponsors Blaine Brothers Cade Family Foundation Eastlund, Solstad, Cade & Hutchinson, Ltd. IWCO Direct Minnesota Monthly Quebecor World Logistics RJ Marco Snyder Hotel Group UPS Tee Sponsors Ameriprise Financial Bay & Bay Daly Agency Inc.
Dayton Rogers Manufacturing Company Dedicated Logistics Gailfus Trailer Leasing Jacobson Transfer M&I Bank Master Electric Company Park Nicollet Medical Center Quality Forklift A Special Thank You to: Brackett’s Crossing Country Club Graphic Resources Lessing Flynn
Ovarian Cancer Symptoms and Detection • Bloating • Pelvic or abdominal pain • Difficulty eating or feeling full quickly • Urinary symptoms (urgency or frequency) Women diagnosed with ovarian cancer report that symptoms are persistent and represent a change from normal for their bodies. Other symptoms commonly reported may include: fatigue, indigestion, back pain, pain with intercourse, constipation and menstrual irregularities.
Women who have these symptoms almost daily for more than a few weeks should see their doctor, preferably a gynecologist.
is no consistently reliable test available to detect ovarian cancer in its early stages.
How is Ovarian Cancer Detected?
If ovarian cancer is suspected, consult a gynecologic oncologist.
Experts recommend: • a complete pelvic/rectal exam, • a transvaginal ultrasound • CA125 blood test.
For a complete listing of area gynecologic oncologists, visit MOCA’s web site: www.mnovarian.org or call MOCA at 612/822-0500.
Unlike the Pap smear, which screens for cervical cancer and the mammogram for breast cancer, there currently
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Mike Finley, Director of Business Operations, Great River Energy table. “I was reading the newsletter last winter and saw their needs for the new building. I have lots of contacts in my job so I called someone I know and asked him if he would be willing to donate 16 chairs and he agreed. Then I asked him to deliver the chairs and he agreed to that too.”
Mike Finley has a personal connection to ovarian cancer: his sister-in-law Judy Dockendorf is an eight year survivor. “When someone in your family has ovarian cancer,” explains Mike “it affects everyone. At first, my involvement was just from the sidelines. I offered my support and did whatever I could to help. But then I realized I could do more. I told Judy that I thought my company, Great River Energy, might become a Walk/Run sponsor. I’ve worked there since 1993. Two years ago, I told them we should support MOCA and they did – they came in as a gold level sponsor for $2,500. And this year, they did it again. “I personally have felt great satisfaction knowing that we can help out an
MOCA board member and ovarian cancer survivor Judy Dockendorf with her sister Susan Finley and brother-in-law Mike Finley organization that needs it – that we can be part of raising more money for ovarian cancer. I’ve found the staff to be great and easy to communicate with. It’s been very fulfilling.” In addition to being a corporate sponsor for the Walk/Run, Mike also procured chairs for MOCA’s board room
Thank You,Volunteers! The following individuals donated their time and talent to MOCA between January 1 – June 30, 2007. We appreciate your support for our programs and activities. Medical Education Programs Peggy Jennings Kristen Larson Bonnie Lemke Linda Linder Sarah Noonan Ellen Kleinbaum Joy Wetzel Carmen Williams
Health Fairs & Special Events Sharon Ball Megan Chang Deb Fjeld Susan Focke Kim Gehant Molly Grisdale Julie Henrickson Ellen Kleinbaum Nuala Kernan Kristen Larson James Lopez Ginny Lutz Dona Maki Barb Menough Sarah Noonan Carol O’Keefe Linda Oman Mary Pat Oslund Terry Richardson Karen Rodning Angela Solie Emily splett
Patt Threinen John Wetzel Joy Wetzel Chris Wick Office Support Sharon Ball Rose Brown Judy Dockendorf Martha Dworak Sue Focke Lucia Hickman Bonnie lemke Jane Levin Barb Menough Mary Pat Oslund Judy Reisman Astrid Slungaard John Zimmerman Support Group Facilitators Marge Higgins Carol McPherson
Ann O’Fallon Jean Rafferty Jean Wagner Garden Committee Deborah Newcombe Judy Reisman Building Committee Rick Grobovsky Mike Noonan We apologize if we’ve missed your name. Please contact Jean Heyer and we will include it in the winter issue of the Messenger
Mike and his wife Susan have attended a number of MOCA events including Calling All Angels and most recently the Molly Cade Memorial Golf Tournament & Gala. His favorite event is the Walk/Run. “It’s open to anyone. You don’t have to have a special skill set, like you do for golf. And it’s fun to bring the kids.” MOCA appreciates the support of Great River Energy and is pleased that Judy introduced Mike to our organization.
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10th Annual OCNA Conference included the usual plethora of information about research developments, survivorship skills, and advocacy efforts. Several awards were given to recognize the work of individuals dedicated to our cause.
By Kathleen Gavin Washington, D.C. in July?? Why would anyone leave Minnesota to go there at this time of year? That was the most common response when people heard my travel plans. But I had a very good answer: I was going to Washington, D.C. to attend the 10th Annual Conference of the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance (ONCA) — an event worth going to regardless of the location or the weather. I was looking forward to participating in the conference this year as MOCA was involved in helping to define and set the National Agenda for Ovarian Cancer. The Agenda is still a working document and is meant to reflect the priorities of OCNA’s leadership, partners and members. The process of gathering information included indepth interviews, focus groups, web based surveys and a literature search. A formal announcement will take place in September during Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month. As MOCA members with two representatives at the conference (board member Joe Cade and me), you can have a sneak preview of OCNA’s National Agenda for Ovarian Cancer: Goal #1: Advance Ovarian Cancer Research Objectives • At a minimum, double total federal funding devoted to ovarian cancer research over the next 10 years (currently estimated at $125 million annually) • Encourage all large national nonprofit cancer research organizations to include ovarian cancer in their research portfolios • Increase the enrollment of women in ovarian cancer clinical trials and decrease the time it takes to fully enroll in ovarian cancer clinical trials
Photo by: Duane Stork
Betty Resier, center, and friends at the OCNA conference. Goal #2: Improve Healthcare Practice for Ovarian Cancer Across the Continuum of Care Objectives • Increase the number of women who are aware of risk factors and symptoms of ovarian cancer • Improve the knowledge of risks and symptoms of ovarian cancer among health care practitioners • Ensure that all women diagnosed with ovarian cancer receive timely and appropriate information about standard treatments, the role of gynecologic oncologists, survivorship plans, clinical trials, financial and insurance needs, and other resource information Goal #3: Expand a National Advocacy Movement for Ovarian Cancer Objectives • Unite the growing number of organizations with a focus on ovarian cancer into a collaborative, coordinated national force for the common good • Increase and train the number of ovarian cancer advocates to actively engage in the political process • Develop and implement a legislative action agenda and an associated plan for each Congressional session In additional to working on the National Agenda, the conference
Betty Resier was awarded the Cindy Melancon Spirit of Survivorship Award for her work developing the Survivor Teaching Students: Saving Women’s Lives program. Deborah Armstrong, MD was awarded the Rosalind Franklin Excellence in Ovarian Cancer Research Award. Her contributions to the field include leading the IP therapy effort, developing new therapeutic cancer treatments and directing a genetic counseling service at Johns Hopkins to identify and help at risk patients. At a special luncheon, the Founding board members of OCNA were recognized and founding President Pat Goldman was honored. All the awards were well deserved, humbly received and provided continued inspiration for all those gathered to persevere in the battle against ovarian cancer. A particularly moving part of the conference was the remembrance ceremony where conference participants were invited to light candles and gather in the garden behind the conference center. While being sadly reminded of all those we have lost in the past decade, we were also reminded of all we achieved as a national movement uniting individuals and organizations to conquer this disease. Each year of the past “decade of action” was represented by an OCNA Board member who stepped forward and gave a short summary of a milestone that was achieved that particular year. It was a powerful and moving service and, like so much else that we do in this work, was tinged with both sadness and hope.
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Donations to MOCA Minnesota Ovarian Cancer Alliance gratefully acknowledges the following individuals and organizations for their support of Minnesota Ovarian Cancer Alliance, Inc. These contributions reflect the time period of May 1– June 29, 2007.
Leslie Lemire Y Lim Sharon Masich Samatha Massie Pete Melrose Angela Powers Dawn Rank Brad Vadner John Wetzel
Vanguard Charitable Endowment Program and The Allen Family Fund Allianz Life Insurance Company
General Donations Kellie Hammes Warren & Denice Job Peggy Kubicz Hall Annette Lorntson Thomas & Carol Luukkonen Mary Anne Mader Joseph & Marsha Mansur William & Theresa Muenkel Michael & Sarah Noonan Northern Lights League and Linder’s Flower Sales Doreen Praschak Sheryl Sheeks Jane Smith Gregory & Laura Solarz Drift Effect Temple Israel Sisterhood Aveda Institute Student Council Associated Advisory Committee
Wells Fargo Community Support Campaign Matthew Brown
In Honor Of Abby Badzin’s 50th Birthday Stanley Malmon
In Memory of Marjorie Allen Collin & Suzanne Alexander Genie Allen George & Mary Jane Assad Bruce & Lucinda Backberg Robert & Margaret Baker Joseph & Martha Benson Mary Bert Ralph & Jacquelyn Berthene Eugene Biedebach Richard & Anna Bohaty Catherine Buesgens Norris & Lesley Carnes Paul DeWitt Leo & Loreli Didier Charles & Laura Eldridge Joe & Anne Elsinger Ronald Fink & Lujeanne Robbins-Fink Rene Gesell Bryce & Jeanne Gilbertson Raymond & Janice Grinde Jane Hall Dick & DeeDee Harris William & Amy Jeatran Marjorie Johnson Scott & Mardell Kiner Michael & Jean Koch Lawrence & Beverly Krueger Barbara Larson Hamilton & Ann Luther Marianna Mayer Fuchs William & Marjorie McKinley Jean McMillan-Rowland William Mosso Howard O’Connell Howard & Nancy Punch Clyde & Mary Reedy Nancy Roth Robert & Jean Sartorius Marie Schehkenberg Hugh Schilling Dick & Nancy Shuma Fredrick & Sandra Strand Raymond & Nancy Welch The Steve & Shannon Whitaker Family Minnesota Employee Relocation Council Mautz Family Foundation Soli & Zollner, CPA’s
In Memory of Jeanette Bahl Robert Bahl Paul & Julie Bruflat David & Delores Oswald
Matching Gift Program Lee Hemquist and Thompson West Matching Gift Program John & Christine Hoffman and St. Paul Travelers Foundation Annette Lorntson and US Bancorp Foundation Dennis Velazquez and Microsoft Molly Walsh and Thompson West Matching Gift Program Eric Wind and Thompson West Matching Gift Program Jon Wind and Thompson West Matching Gift Program UnitedHealth Group Employee Giving Campaign Marybeth Dondelinger Patty Sauro United Way Giving Campaign Susanne Alexander Linda Arford Kimberly Christianson Nancee Frybarger Jewel Gipson Robert Hahn Venisha Johnson Trenece Jones Tim & Susan Klobuchar
In Memory of Kathryn Arrett Dennis Velazquez
In Memory of Margaret Bahr Michael Bahr In Memory of Debra Bechtel Tom Bechtel Leroy & Sharon Borg In Memory of Shirley Bjerken Julia Widstrom In Memory of Charles Bolter Wendy Trestman In Memory of Anne Brochman Michal & Scott Gallup Lynn Gallup & Carol Raleigh Paul & Nancy Schmidt In Memory of Molly Cade Chris & Julie Nelson In Honor Of Brian Cade’s Marathon and In Memory of Molly Cade Christina Anderson David & Lee Bigler Steve Broome Kevin & Jilleen Cade Vincent & Margaret Cade John & Bernice Collins Paul & Amelia Damlo Tony DeGance Randy & Dawn Ganske Gary & Sue Grote Scott Haas Mark & Marcie Hartman Rodney Heinrich Mary Hensel Chris Koplos John & Laura Kvasnicka Michael & Beth Lewis David Loeber
Steven Lyden Jason Maas Phil Nawrocki David & Renee Pacunas Mike Patterson Robert & Karen Pexa Daniel & Mary Roth Stephen & Sharon Roth Cory Sames James & Charlene Shaughnessy Kevin & Julie Studnicka Dennis Tietz Rick Welter Walking Boxes Productions In Honor Of Kevin & Jillian’s Wedding Just For You In Honor Of Tyler Candee & Jessica Intermill’s Wedding Harvey Lerner Gerardo Alcazar In Honor Of Wayne Cook’s 60th Birthday Lee & Patti Engler In Memory of Sandra Cook James & Marsha Fairbanks Lisa Leenheer John & Faith Peterson In Honor Of Peggy DeGance Tony DeGance In Memory of Laura Devereaux John Devereaux In Memory of Frances Ehlert Christy Ehlert In Honor Of Lee & Patti Engler’s Special Anniversary The Beloffs Rick & Nancy Grobovsky Stanley Malmon In Honor Of Mr. Lee Engler’s big birthday Cathy Malmon In Honor Of Fairview Calling All Angel’s Tea Leroy & Doris Baasie In Memory of Jacquelyn A. Gavin Raymond Gavin
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Donations to MOCA In Memory of Irv Goldberg Lee & Patti Engler Rick & Nancy Grobovsky In Honor Of Myra & Roger Greenberg’s 50th wedding anniversary Stanley Malmon In Honor Of Vera Gunelson’s Calling All Angels Party William & Marilyn Bierden Fred & Jo Ann Coller Thomas & Karol Cullen Mark & Victoria Eckes David & Karen Engelbret Robert & Julie Fern Edward & Janet Graves Peter & Linda Gunelson Vera Gunelson Joanne Hinnenthal Judith Holston Joseph & Patricia Jensen Caryn Katzung Peggy King Joseph & Judith Konicek Maryann Kudalis Jane Leopold Mary Ellen Marolt Douglas & Sharyn McChane Katherine McMonagle Kathy Nelson Thomas & Lu Ann Parnell Raymond & Sharol Rau Kathleen Roble Stuart & Kimberly Roble Roy & Linda Schirmer Pam Schmillen Kathy Slowter In Memory of Renae Gustafson Janice Born Milton & Delores Gustafson Burnsville Education Association In Memory of Susan Hatch Robert C Hoisington In Memory of Linda Hemquist Lee Hemquist In Memory of June A. Henderson Ray Henderson In Memory of Chuck & Linda Heubach’s StepFather Morris & Karen Davidman
In Honor Of Chris Hoffman’s Calling All Angels Party Todd & Kimberly Christenson Anne Doerrer Tyrone & Joy Herman K. M. Johnson Kara Johnson Phillip Kramlinger & Joan Furlong Lynn Sorensen John & Lori Suzukida Robert & Debbie Weber William & Jan Hale Scott & Dede Montgomery Gary O’Keefe Mike & Mary Orman Jonathan Pyne & Carla Mackedanz In Honor Of Mother’s Day for my Daughter Barbara Hurwitz In Honor Of Tom & Candyce Ihnot David & Christine Baldinger In Honor Of Roz Jaffee’s 80th birthday Burt and Jeanne Corwin In Honor Of Joe Kane’s 85th Birthday Lee & Patti Engler In Honor Of Dr. Susan Kattelus Paul & Martha Dworak In Honor Of Jean Kriesel’s Calling All Angels Party Patrick & Chella Hjelm Jean Kriesel Lisa Logelin Julie Maeyaert Sarah Nelson Renee Rohde Maria Stoltz In Memory of Faye Krupp Barbara Levie Bud & Dory Rose In Honor Of Barb LaLonde’s Birthday Julie Armbrust In Honor Of Alexa Levie’s Graduation Barb Levie In Honor Of Carol Luukkonen Lloyd Luukkonen
In Memory of Mary Mahoney Brigid Spicola In Memory of Joyce Malmon Richard & Marilyn Harris In Honor Of Joan McCormick’s 50th Birthday Sue Downs Paul & Marian Graham Roger & Vicki Henry In Honor Of Pam McDonald Joan Alevizos Mary Ann Mansur Joseph & Beverly Zaine In Honor Of Lisa McLaughlin’s Calling All Angel’s Party Josh & Janet Arnold Steven & Whitney Berg Lisa McLaughlin Lucy Sweitzer In Memory of Susan Milnor’s Birthday Larry & Jane Bugbee Charles & Donna Dinsmore Fred & Kathryn Henson In Honor Of The Minnesota Open Alan Heaser Patrick Kaiser & Amy Griffin Dan & Kris Leisen David Pries Barbara Shafer Jerome & Cheryl Wilma Eagle View Bar and Grill, Inc. Speltz Dairy Kudabina Ranch In Memory of Pauline Mulbarger Todd Mulbarger In Honor Of Deborah Newcomb’s Calling All Angels Party Jane Duden Sharon Jacks John Larson & Lynne Berger Sharee Marcus Steven Riemer & Mary Learmont Michael & Cecilia Rohrer Vickie Winge In Honor Of Shari Orzehoski Mario & Deborah Bernardo Kim Breidt
James & Tanya Drake John & Clelia Esposito James & Debbie Glick Mary Kenny Barbie Lewis Annette Russo Alexandria Township Education Association In Honor Of Mary Pat Oslund David Oslund In Honor of Candice Otto Carlow Campus School & Carlow University In Memory of Marie Otto Karen Williamson In Memory of Diane Overson Anthony & Susan Peloquin In Honor Of Kelly Paddock’s Calling All Angels Party Johan Aarsvold Carol Adones Pat Auran Bill & Lynn Bowman Carol Caduff Brandon Ferraro Kevin & Sharon Finley Michelle Hales Brian & Theresa Johnson Ernest Kendig Michael Klutho & Jill Manske Kathleen & Jesse Kramer Mark & Denise Krois John & Roberta Kunz Thomas & Lois Lamphere Patrick & Donna Macaulay Ade Mussell Brian & Mary Newman William Niemczyk William & Margaret Paddock Deborah Pariso Anthony & Laura Payton Thomas & Jeanette Rerah Michael Rerat & Jennifer Beckman-Rerat Paul Sevett & Emily Zallen Sevett Mitchell & Patti Steinhoff Kevin Stern Ronald & Lisa Struss William & Jolene Taleen Jubran & Lisa Tanious Kent & Mary Verrill Daniel & Nancy Wagner Eugene & Carol Waschbusch Valerie Weiss Cafe Distribution, Inc. In Memory of Susan Perles Stanley Levich
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Donations to MOCA In Honor Of Rachel’s Bat Mitzvah Rosann Kahner
In Memory of Pearl Shapiro Harold & Marilyn Trestman
In Memory of Marci Reder Mike & Jodi Engfer Julie Fish Troy & Ellen Fredrich Thomas Lothrop John Tidona Jo-Ann Wittman
In Honor Of Stephen & Rebecca’s Wedding Guests Alan & Janny Silver
In Honor Of Mary Riehle Margaret Abler Bradford & Brynnetta Benner Nancy Burke Alfred Colling George & Kathy Colling James & Catherine Colling John & Tennie May Elstad Jeff & DeAnn Gerdes Scott & Katherine Goldenstein William & Virginia Hawthorne Kevin Kinzer & Michelle Letourneau Ronald & Carol Lahr Brian & Kathleen Lundquist Bruce & Sheryl Mackay Charles & Donna McGinley George & Carol Meirick Joan Michaud Mark & Marta Middleton Peter & Jolenta Penoncello Robert & Joan Peters Earl & Judith Pint Rudy & Jill Pitera Judith Plante William Poppert & Maria Del Carmen Alvarez Rosemary Rockwell Timothy & Lou Ann Ryan Kathy Sabota Carl & Judith Scheider Jan & Teresa Smit Patrick & Jane Thiegs Martin & Roxanna Weisbeck My Favorite Place Montessori In Memory of Merle Rosenberg Elliott Papermaster In Honor Of Jill Rotman Lee & Patti Engler In Memory of Linda Schrupp John Haskell In Memory of Marguerite Schuler William & Victoria Weller
In Memory of Mary Ann Sudeith Raymond Gavin Jerry & Mary Shaughnessy In Memory of Ruth Swenson Marilyn Patasky In Honor Of Dodie Thomas’ Calling All Angels Party Karen Caughey Siri Gortler Bruce Gustafson & Cynthia Olson John & Irene Harnett Carol Harris Greg & Marianne Kulka Joyce Peter Sharlene Quiring Sandra Sherman Patrick Stenerson & Mary Sinkler Stephen & Rita Thysell Bernard & Linda Tuohy Anne Van Abel Jason Wallestad & Sonja Saunders St. Peter Law Offices, P.A. In Memory of Barb Tilford Arlene Clarquist Beverly Schannach & Family In Honor Of Mary Vieyra’s Calling All Angels Party Shannon Borer & Rachel Schuler Borer Michael & Elizabeth Eichler Jay & Rebecca Miller Matthew & Pamela Pulkrabek Bob & Mary Vieyra Glen & Lou Ann Worden In Memory of Gloria Vogel Nicholas & Margaret Cords Jennifer Fernandez Kylie Froyen Ronald & Barbara Glass Signa Raymer Steve & Susanne Rossen Susanne Smith-Stein Independent School District 833
In Honor Of Mira Weber’s appointment as Principal of Agassiz School Barb Levie In Honor Of Shelly Weinstein’s Birthday Lawrence & Kathleen Langer In Honor Of Joy Wetzel’s Calling All Angels Party Douglas & Kathleen Andrus Tom & Julie Antal David & Elizabeth Anton Frank & Beverly Anton Brad & Brenda Beam Tyler Candee Rick & Anne Collins William & Jeanne Downey Patrick Farkas Susan Fiscus C. Carlyle Haaland Luanna Hacker Susan Hawkins Richard & Sandra Heinrich Barbara Henderson Katherine Hennessy David Johnson Robert & Donna Kasbohm Larry & Julie Koch Alan & Patricia Kuentz Leonard & Sally Laskow Tracy Logelin Frederick & Pamela Lott Victor Lund Dylan Naumann & Mary Henderson Skip Nelson Sue Nelson David & Janet Olfe Ann Orchard Tamera Pulver Timothy Reardon Carol Steinbach Thom Telfer Charles Velure Robert & Nancy Viking Ryan Companies US, Inc. and Rick Collins In Honor Of Bob White’s Sister Daniel Carr In Honor Of Mary Wickstrom’s Special Birthday Barb Levie In Memory of Kathy Wunderlich Robert & Paulette Larson Abbie Naze
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MOCA 2007 Calendar at a Glance Mark Your Calendar Now and Plan to Join Us! September 7: “Teal Time” Wear Teal to Raise Awareness of Ovarian Cancer and its Symptoms September 15: 8th Annual Silent No More Walk/Run for Ovarian Cancer, Rosland Park, Edina October 14: A Toast to Life, Varsity Theater, Minneapolis November 14: MOCA Meeting, Southdale Library, Edina November 3: Women’s Cancers: Merging Science and Care, Mayo Clinic, Rochester For more information or to contact MOCA’s staff call 612/822-0500 Kathleen Gavin, Executive Director: [email protected]
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