Trees of Hope and MOCA: Survivors Teaching Students program |

Trees of Hope and MOCA: Survivors Teaching Students program

Updated: November 28, 2021 10:38 PM
Created: November 24, 2021 08:56 AM

On a beautiful Saturday in November, the class of 2022 celebrated the end of their first year of being Physician Assistant students at St. Scholastica.

"I've always wanted to help people. I was a medic in the infantry for 21 years, and enjoy helping people," shared Chad Mahutga.

Part of their first year included lessons from women who had ovarian cancer. The Survivors Teaching Students program is a part of MOCA, the Minnesota Ovarian Cancer Alliance.

Monica Pryzbyl said, "For me, just through that presentation, I will always have those faces with that illness. And their stories will remind me. I hope going forward, I never miss a diagnosis and thank those women and stories for giving me that information."

Mahutga said he thought it was one of the best lectures and the most touching. "Being able to apply the knowledge and put a face to it, knowing it may be your sister, your mother, and your grandmother, it really helps hammer home the message."

A message that Carolyn Jahr knows all too well. She's a PA herself, a faculty member at CSS, and the daughter of a woman who had ovarian cancer. She and her mother, Lise, worked together to help women in the future. And Survivors Teaching Students program, is part of that legacy.

"It's pretty amazing to able able to say all of these students on rotation and graduated, and are out in practice, armed with all the information to diagnose and treat patients earlier and sooner," she said.

And soon, Monica and Chad will join them.

To learn more about MOCA, click here

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

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