In Research, Survivors

MOCA is deeply saddened by the loss of our Board Treasurer Ginger Wilhelmi. After a journey of nearly 18 years with ovarian cancer, Ginger passed away on March 2, 2021. Our dear friend will be missed by all who knew her. MOCA’s Board of Directors, staff and supporters would like to extend our deepest sympathies to Ginger’s daughter, Rachel, and their entire family.

Ginger moved to Minneapolis from the Dallas area in 2015 and first connected with MOCA at our Teal Strides event the same year. Ginger joined the MOCA Board of Directors in 2017 and served on MOCA’s Finance Committee, where she shared her extensive experience as a CPA. Later, Ginger was elected MOCA Board Treasurer. Ginger also took part in Chemo Chicks, a social and support group loosely affiliated with MOCA.

“I feel so lucky to have had Ginger as a friend and colleague. She was a smart and thoughtful board member, generous in all ways and will leave a hole that is hard to fill. Ginger made a lasting impact at MOCA to help us make progress against ovarian cancer,” said Kathleen Gavin, MOCA’s Executive Director

Through the years, Ginger participated in ovarian cancer clinical trials and actively supported MOCA’s research efforts. She also helped raise awareness with MOCA by sharing her story with the media.

Ginger believed “attitude is everything.” She was an eternal optimist, yet practical about the realities she faced. Ginger will be remembered as a passionate leader and a “bright light.” MOCA is extremely grateful for Ginger’s lasting contributions and the lessons of perseverance and compassion she taught all of us.