Trees of Hope and MOCA: Supporting through scholarships |

Trees of Hope and MOCA: Supporting through scholarships

Updated: November 26, 2021 07:02 PM
Created: November 24, 2021 08:54 AM

The snow was still covering the ground when Lori Guentzel and Courtney Senich packed up and said Aloha.

"Of course, we show up in Hawaii, and it was paradise," Guentzel recalled. She's an RN.

Senich, a family nurse practitioner, added, "It was such a great experience. It was my first conference out of state."

Both work at Essentia Health in the OBGYN department.

They went to the Society of Gynecologic Oncology's Annual Meeting on Women's Cancer. Dr. Colleen Evans completed the trio. This was in March of 2019.

"As a group we decided I would go to one class, and Courtney would go to one, and Dr. Evans would go to a different one. Then we'd discuss what we learned and build that into our practice," Guentzel added.

They were able to learn from the best of the best, who've made it their life's work to help women. And a big focus is how to help survivors after that scary diagnosis of ovarian cancer.

"What they are going to feel after, hormonal wise, and menopausal wise," Guentzel said.

"Learning a bit more about targeted therapies that are being used and have a better understanding about side effects. And just reminding myself that women are living longer and having to deal with long term side effects," Senich said.

MOCA, the Minnesota Ovarian Cancer Alliance, helped them with scholarships to afford the conference. And it's helping them treat women, every day, here in the Northland.

To learn more about MOCA click here.

Donate to MOCA during our Trees of Hope phone banks coming up on Tuesday, November 30th at 5, 6, 9, and 10pm.

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