Becky Drexler joined the MOCA Board of Directors in May 2019. Becky became aware of MOCA in 2015 when her best friend was diagnosed with Stage IV ovarian cancer. At that time, Becky started participating in MOCA events to support her friend.
As Becky was planning for her June 2017 retirement, she began looking for organizations to volunteer her time. Having recently participated in HOM Teal Strides for Ovarian Cancer, she was impressed by MOCA’s approach to supporting patients, survivors, caregivers, the medical community, and their focus on research. Being a strong believer in the need for research to move treatments, cures, and early detection forward, MOCA interested her.
Becky began volunteering in 2017 by participating in the Consumer Grant Review and the Black, White and Teal Gala committees. In 2019, she was selected to join the national pool of Consumer Reviewers for the Department of Defense (DOD) Ovarian Cancer Research Program (OCRP).
In July 2018, Becky was stunned when she was diagnosed with Stage IIIB ovarian cancer. She discovered first-hand how supportive and important MOCA is to survivors and caregivers. In the fall of 2020, she had a recurrence and had additional treatment. Becky started on a maintenance drug in 2021 and continues to show no evidence of disease.
After a career in medical research, supporting her friend during her cancer journey and volunteering for MOCA, Becky was familiar with the disease and treatments. She knows that most women diagnosed with ovarian cancer are not in this position. Becky looks forward to helping MOCA further its mission of creating awareness, promoting support, education and advancing research.
Becky lives in White Bear Lake with her supportive husband Jeff. Becky enjoys traveling, gardening, theatre, and spending time with family and friends.