In Survivors

STEFANIE GLINIANY

Teal Talk with Stefanie

In this month’s Teal Talk, MOCA Community Support Program Manager Stefanie Gliniany writes about ways survivors, loved ones and caregivers can start the new year with MOCA!

The beginning of a new year is the time when a lot of us reflect on what matters most and set priorities for the months ahead. As you’re thinking about how you want to spend your time, we hope you will consider some valuable educational and mentoring opportunities with MOCA. Our volunteers make a difference in the lives of so many women!

This year, we have volunteer opportunities available for survivors and loved ones to join us at health fairs where we raise awareness about ovarian cancer. At these public events, volunteers share the early signs and symptoms of ovarian cancer and hand out information about MOCA. Health fair volunteers can help out during one or more events, depending on their time and availability.

Corinne Florin is a MOCA board member and an avid health fair volunteer. She said, “I love meeting the women who come up to my table… I’ve gained more confidence in discussing not only my own cancer, but ovarian cancer in general.”

If you’d like to help but prefer meeting with survivors one-on-one, the MOCA Mentor program may be a good fit. As mentors, volunteers connect with survivors over the phone and share their personal experiences. Currently, we’re in need of survivors (especially those who’ve been through recurrence) to join our Mentor Program.

We are so grateful for all of you who have already volunteered with us! If you’d like more information on these current opportunities, please contact me at sgliniany@mnovarian.org or call 612-584-3550.