BLOG: Celebrating a decade of dreams

BLOG: Celebrating a decade of dreams

10 years. 100+ dreams. This November at MOCA Awards Night, we celebrated a decade of making dreams come true through the MOCA Dream Awards program.

Thanks to a special donor, for the past 10 years, MOCA has made the dreams of more than 100 ovarian cancer survivors come true through our MOCA Dream Awards program.

This year, we were excited to award a total of $34,919 and celebrate the dreams of 11 women this year at our MOCA Awards Night in November.

In all, we have awarded more than $330,000 in MOCA Dream Awards. Some of these dreams are big – like once-in-a-lifetime trips or the chance to start a family with fertility treatments.

And some of these dreams are more practical, but nonetheless important to the recipient, such as one survivor’s dream to purchase a video camera to record her family history and story.

The list of our 2018 MOCA Dream Award recipients include:

Coleen Anderson, Maple Grove, MN. Coleen will take an RV camping trip with her family to the EAA Airventure in Oshkosh, WI.

Stephanie Anderson, Eagan, MN. Stephanie will visit New York City with her husband, Stephen.

Kate Beesch, Minneapolis, MN. Kate’s dream is to become a mother and she will use her MOCA Dream Award to expand her family through surrogacy.

Darleen Carrigan, Spring Lake Park, MN. Darleen’s dream is to have a party to celebrate her 80th birthday and 60th wedding anniversary with her friends and family.

Gina Ford, Bloomington, MN. Gina’s dream is to visit Disney World with her husband and two young children.

Leah Juhnke, Big Lake, MN. Leah’s dream is to take an Alaskan cruise with her husband to celebrate their 12th wedding anniversary.

Virginia Kirkwold, Burnsville, MN. Because her treatment has limited her mobility, Virginia’s dream is to have a full sleeper lift chair, so she can get up without assistance and be more independent.

Miran Muff, Prior Lake, MN. Miran’s dream is to visit her home city of Seoul, South Korea with her daughter and husband.

Nancy Nordgren, St. Paul, MN. Nancy’s dream is to take a trip to Lake Superior’s North Shore with her two sons.

Margaret Ruckdaschel, Hopkins, MN. Margaret’s dream is to have a celebration at a cabin with her husband and family to celebrate their 64th wedding anniversary.

Sue Ellen Zagrabelny, Maple Grove, MN. Sue Ellen’s dream is to travel to Holy Wisdom Monastery in Wisconsin and then to Boston to visit a longtime friend.