Becky Drexler joined the MOCA Board of Directors in May 2019. Becky retired in 2017 from a career that included medical diagnostic test development, clinical research and grant management in blood cancer and stem cell transplantation. Becky became aware of MOCA in 2015 when her best friend was diagnosed with Stage IV ovarian cancer and 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 done the HOM Teal Strides for Ovarian Cancer Walk/Run she was impressed by MOCA’s approach to supporting patients, survivors, caregivers, medical community and focus on research. Being a strong believer in the need for research in order to move treatments, cures and early detection forward, MOCA interested her.
In July 2018 she was stunned when she was diagnosed with Stage IIIB ovarian cancer. Becky completed treatment and results to date show no evidence of disease. She is adjusting to her new normal and trying to honor her friend by living as she did by staying positive and to live, laugh and love to the fullest every day knowing her own journey has just begun.
Becky began volunteering in 2017 by participating on 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).
Having had 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. She 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, spending time with family and friends.