As we turn the calendar to 2013, I’d like to reflect on the past year and wish our MOCA supporters a very happy new year.
And what a year 2012 was. MOCA had a record year of research funding, with more than $690,000 going to ovarian cancer research projects here in Minnesota. Funding research is an essential mission of MOCA’s and we know it’s the best way to improve survival of ovarian cancer – through the development of better diagnostic tools and more targeted treatments.
2012 was also a record year for participation and fundraising at the Silent No More Walk/Run – with more than 3,000 people coming out and a total of $250,000 raised for research, education and support.
And with the launch of our Tie it Teal awareness campaign, we were able to start a conversation about ovarian cancer throughout the state and continue to educate the public on the symptoms of this disease.
But there is still much to be done. In 2013, we will continue our mission of advancing research, educating the medical community and the public and providing support for the women and families impacted by this disease. This includes the 800+ ovarian cancer survivors who we represent – and the nearly 400 Minnesota women who will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer this year.
If you haven’t had a chance to get involved with MOCA yet, I encourage you to do so. Come by our office and take a look at our resource library. Visit www.mnovarian.org to get details on our upcoming events. Come to a support group. Volunteer at an event.
Our accomplishments wouldn’t be possible without those who support us. Let’s continue to work together and do even more in the year ahead.
Together in teal,
MOCA Executive Director