Offering Support

Support groups, phone resources and more.

MOCA's support offerings give survivors the chance to connect with other women who are also learning how to navigate life with cancer.

Support Groups

2018 Support Groups

MOCA organizes support groups to meet the needs of those impacted by ovarian cancer. All support programs are free. Register and view calendar here

For more information about personal or group support, contact Community Support Program Manager Stefanie Gliniany or call (612) 584-3550.

MOCA CONNECTIONS

We invite women diagnosed with ovarian cancer and their loved ones to join us to connect with each other, share information and gain support. Walk-ins are always welcome.

This group meets on the 2nd Thursday of the month from 6:00-7:30 pm at the MOCA office (4604 Chicago Ave., Minneapolis, 55407). Coffee, tea, and treats will be provided!

Download and print our 2018 support calendar.

MOCA YOUNG SURVIVOR NETWORK

We define young survivors as those women dealing with a gynecologic cancer diagnosis before menopause. We invite you to join the group to explore issues unique to young survivors of all types of gynecologic cancers. Young survivors range in age from late teens to mid-40s, but there is no age requirement to join the group! The YSN plans events and activities throughout the year. MOCA also has a network of YSN Mentors who can provide support and information over the phone. Young survivors of ovarian and gynecologic cancers can also connect online through a private Facebook group.

MEN OF MOCA

Ovarian cancer doesn’t just impact women – partners, husbands, brothers, friends and more are impacted when a woman is diagnosed with ovarian cancer. MOCA provides peer-to-peer support for men through our Men of MOCA support group and Mentor Program. For more information about the Men of MOCA group and upcoming activities or for peer-to-peer support, contact Stefanie Gliniany or call (612) 584-3550.

CARE IN THE COMMUNITY

MOCA offers an extra level of support with our Care in the Community support offering. Can’t make it to a MOCA Connections meeting? MOCA Community Support Program Manager Stefanie Gliniany is available to meet one-on-one at metro coffee shops when scheduled in advance. She is also available to connect with survivors during their chemo infusions. Contact Stefanie to schedule a visit.

MOCA Dream Awards

MOCA is now accepting applications for 2018 MOCA Dream Awards. The application deadline is October 1, 2018. Read below for more information on MOCA Dream Awards and to download the application. 

Survivors, we invite you to apply for a MOCA Dream Award.

We all have dreams…

  • Planning a family reunion or memorable vacation…
  • Celebrating a special occasion with family or friends…
  • Fulfilling a personal passion by taking a class or learning a skill…
  • Expanding your family through fertility treatment or adoption…

MOCA can assist ovarian cancer survivors through the MOCA Dream Award program. Thanks to funding provided by an anonymous donor, MOCA has a special fund to support the dreams of women diagnosed with ovarian cancer.

MOCA Dream Awards are designed to be used by the survivor to…

  • Help her on her healing journey
  • Strengthen her connection to her family or community
  • Help her do something that she might not be able to do without a MOCA Dream Award

MOCA will provide Dream Awards at two levels:

  • Awards up to $5,000
  • Awards up to $1,000

WHO IS ELIGIBLE FOR A MOCA DREAM AWARD?

Any woman diagnosed with ovarian cancer living in Minnesota (or living in a surrounding state but receiving treatment in Minnesota) is eligible to apply for a MOCA Dream Award.

However, preference will be given to women currently in active treatment for ovarian cancer, with the exception of women applying for funding to help support expanding their family (IVF or adoption).

A family member or friend can apply for a MOCA Dream Award on a survivor’s behalf.

We encourage you to be creative when applying!

All dreams will be considered, but please note categories excluded for a MOCA Dream Award include: cosmetic surgery, medical or legal expenses (except those involved with expanding a survivor’s family), bills or health insurance and home improvements.

Women who have previously won a MOCA Dream Award are ineligible for another award.

2018 Dream Award Application

MOCA Mentor Program

Are you a survivor or caregiver looking for support? The MOCA Mentor Program is a group of MOCA members who are available to connect over the phone and share their stories and experiences with others.

The Mentor Program includes survivors, partners of survivors, daughters who have lost their mothers to ovarian cancer, and friends of survivors.

A phone call from a survivor is offered to women diagnosed with ovarian cancer who live in Minnesota or are receiving their treatment in Minnesota. You should receive a phone call within three business days of your request, but usually sooner.

If there is anything in particular you’d like to talk about (your stage of cancer, being a caretaker while going through treatment, a specific doctor/hospital, experiencing a recurrence, etc.), we will try to best match you to a mentor with a similar experience.

To connect with a MOCA Mentor or become a Mentor, contact Stefanie Gliniany or call (612) 822-0500.

MOCA Cares Kits

New in 2018! MOCA Cares Kits are designed to provide a bit of comfort to women being treated for ovarian cancer.

A MOCA Cares Kit is a small backpack filled with comfort items designed for women dealing with ovarian cancer. The backpack includes a journal, pen, MOCA mug, organic green tea, fleece blanket, soft socks, teal wristbands, a pin and an inspirational book.

Any ovarian cancer survivor who is currently receiving treatment or is within one year of finishing treatment qualifies for a MOCA Cares Kit. The survivor needs to live in Minnesota or be receiving their care in Minnesota.

To learn more about MOCA’s support offerings and how to request a MOCA Cares Kit, please contact Stefanie Gliniany at sgliniany@mnovarian.org or (612) 584-3550.

Jodie's Fund

Jodie’s Fund

MOCA has funds available to support travel costs to and from the Ovarian Cancer Survivors’ Retreat at Camp Mak-A-Dream outside of Missoula, Montana. Camp Mak-A-Dream is designed to give survivors the chance to connect with others, relax, recharge and participate in outdoor activities in the beautiful Big Sky Country of Montana.

Although the camp is free, participants must pay travel costs to and from Missoula, Montana. MOCA member and recipient of a MOCA Dream Award, Jodie Rychwalski, enjoyed Camp Mak-A-Dream retreats twice. When Jodie passed away, she and her family entrusted MOCA with a fund dedicated to defray the costs of travel to Camp Mak-A-Dream in order to make the experience more accessible.

Applications for Jodie’s Fund are open to women who have been accepted for the Fall Ovarian Cancer Survivor Retreat and are either residents of Minnesota, or living in the surrounding state and receiving treatment in Minnesota. Applicants must also be first-time attendees at Camp Mak-A-Dream.

Check back for details on the next open application period for Jodie’s Fund.

Questions about Jodie’s Fund? Call the Stefanie Gliniany at (612) 584-3550 or at sgliniany@mnovarian.org